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ATTENDANCE POLICY

The District Governing Board’s policy requires that all students be on time and in school everyday unless they are:

STATE LAW PERMITS
  • Ill
  • Have a medical (doctor, dentist, etc.) appointment
  • Quarantined
  • Attending a funeral of an immediate family member.
STATE LAW DOES NOT PERMIT
  • Family outings and trips.
  • Babysitting

STATE LAW REQUIRES THE FOLLOWING WHEN A CHILD IS ABSENT
  • Reason for absence.
  • Date(s) of absence.
  • Detailed description if due to illness.

METHODS OF NOTIFICATION – WRITTEN & PHONE
  • Written – please send a note with your child with the above information upon their return to school.
  • Phone – please call 568-1741 to notify when and why your child is absent.

Students shall maintain a minimum of 90% attendance (18 days absent) to be considered for promotion to the next higher grade level, unless there is a valid medical reason, provided by a doctor.

Please note: After three (3) unexcused absences and/or tardies a student will be considered truant.

Consequences

After 3 Unexcused Absences

  • A letter will be sent home notifying the parent/guardian of the severity of the problem.

After 5 Unexcused Absences

  • A second letter requesting a hearing with the SARB Board will be sent. At this time the parent/guardian and the SARB Board will determine if a contract shall be required.

After 7 Unexcused Absences

  • A third letter declaring the child habitually truant will be sent. The SARB Board will be notified that the child continues to have a problem with attendance. At this time the Board may refer the case on to the District Attorney’s Office.
  • If a student is going to be absent from school for more than 5 consecutive days, contact the attendance office to see if Independent Study is available.

Other Attendance Information

  • Picking up a student early for an invalid reason, can be considered as truant by the School Attendance Review Board.
  • We cannot release a student to anyone who is not listed on the contact card without parent/guardian prior permission.