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I teach Middle School 6, 7, 8. I set the lessons up so that small group lessons are on the same day every week. I then rotate the day. Week one I see them period 1, week 2 period 2 and so fourth. In a good year I will have a 6 week rotation. A student misses a given class no mere than once every six weeks. It is a weak arguement that says missing math once out of 30 meetings lowers a grade. If a student has a test the period he/she is supposed to come they take the test first. They always check in to give homework and get the days assignment before coming to lesson.
This method has worked well since I thought it up 25 years ago. I am sure others use it as well or have good ideas. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com if I can answer any questions.