Classroom Training Attendance Policy

Classroom Training Attendance Policy

Classroom Training Attendance Policy

To provide a high-quality training experience and maximize enrollment and attendance, the following policy shall govern classroom-based, in-person and virtual, Learning and Development Series classes.



All classes have a designated start and end time to ensure that participants are engaged in the learning. Participants who arrive late miss critical information and disrupt ongoing classroom activities. To receive credit for participation, participants are expected to be present no later than five minutes after commencement of the class. When extenuating circumstances cause a participant to be more than five minutes late, credit for participation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Regardless of circumstance, participants will not receive class completion if they miss more than 30 minutes of a full-day in-person class, or 15 minutes of a half-day in-person class, or virtual session. This includes late arrivals, early departures, or mid-day absences. 



Participants are expected to actively participate in the class and remain for the duration of the class. Those who do not actively participate will not receive class completion. 
Active participation includes engaging in classroom discussions with instructors and participants, active listening, completion of class pre-work and class activities. Those attending virtually are also expected to utilize virtual web tools and to communicate through audio connection either by phone or computer microphone. 



Classroom training is in high demand and most classes have a waiting list.  When enrolled participants are absent without using the Statewide Learning Management System (SLMS) to drop the class, it prevents a seat from being used. To promote consistent attendance and increase the capacity to train as many NYS employees as possible, enrolled participants must drop the class in SLMS at least three business days (Monday-Friday) in advance of the class date if they will be unable to attend. 

Participants who are absent without a dropped class in SLMS may not be permitted to attend other Learning and Development Series classes for three months. Exceptions to this policy may be made for enrolled participants who are absent from work due to illness, or other approved, unexpected leave.  


Enrollment Status

All classes are designed to accommodate a certain number of participants and allow ample time for active learning. It is imperative that participants verify their status in SLMS is “enrolled” before attending a class. If the individual’s enrollment status in SLMS is “pending approval” or “waitlisted,” that individual is NOT enrolled and does not have a seat in the class. An enrolled participant is authorized to attend only when the class SLMS status is “enrolled”. 


For questions, contact [email protected] or (518) 474-6772.