Is there some kind of attendance I can take of my students through Canvas?
Yes. Canvas has a feature named Roll Call. You can find details in the "Attendance (Roll Call)" section of the Canvas Instructor Guide: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10460#jive_content_id_Attendance_Roll_Call. If you don't see Roll Call in your courses, speak with the Canvas admins or IT dept. at your school to have it activated.
Roll Call is not a very loved Canvas feature. You can find a popular idea (feature request) at Attendance Overhaul.
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