Dr. Lee Skallerup Bassett offers some good advice to students when they have missed or will miss a class.
I especially appreciated the “Before You Reach Out 1. Read the syllabus” section.
I will probably make this a link for my students on the next iteration of the syllabus, but considering that my students often don’t do what I specifically require them to, I probably won’t get a lot who go and read it. However, the better students and the more paranoid ones will read it and that will help educated them.
I think it would be particularly helpful for a freshman class, which I did not have this semester.