AttendanceIn order to meet attendance standards, a student is required to attend school no less than 90% of the days classes are offered (Senate Bill I). A student is absent for classroom purposes if he is not in attendance at 9:15 A.M. Any voluntarily enrolled student falls under compulsory attendance, including pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten students.EXCEPTIONS: IF A STUDENT IS ON AN OFFICIAL SCHOOL PROJECT AT 9:15 A.M. HE/SHE IS NOT ABSENT. STUDENTS WITH MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS WHO ARE OUT OF CLASS AT 9:15 A.M. MAY BE COUNTED PRESENT, PROVIDED THEY ARE IN ATTENDANCE AT SOME TIME DURING THE SCHOOL DAY.
Students who present acceptable excuses for absences will be given the opportunity to make up work. Excuses for absences are:
- Whenever a student is absent, a dated written excuse must be presented to the teacher by the parent.
- This excuse is due the day the student returns to school after an absence, and must be received within three days of the student’s absence.
- If your child is ill for more than one day, please notify the school regarding the approximate date your child will return.
- A doctor’s note is required if a student is absent five or more consecutive days.
- If the teacher does not receive a note from the parent within three days after the student returns to school, the absence is counted as unexcused
STUDENTS WITH UNEXCUSED ABSENCES MAY ALSO BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE UP WORK IF THE TEACHER AGREES TO ASSIGN AND GRADE ADDITIONAL WORK.Issues
- Personal Illness
- Death in the family
- Weather or road conditions making travel dangerous
- Participation in school activities with the permission of the principal
- Any other causes acceptable to teacher, principal, or superintendent
Poor attendance diminishes the effectiveness of instruction, the ability to engage students, and the possibility of building strong connections and systems of support with students and families.