Regular attendance is a significant parent/student responsibility at all grade levels. Many studies correlate regular attendance with success in school. Regular attendance means that the academic learning process is not interrupted, less time is spent on make-up assignments, and students benefit from participation and interaction with others in class. Many important lessons are learned through active participation in classroom and other school activities that cannot be replaced by individual study.
Unexcused absence from school (truancy) is not acceptable. Students who are truant will receive no credit for schoolwork that is missed. A student will be considered habitually truant if the student is absent without a legitimate excuse for five (5) or more consecutive school days, for seven (7) or more school days in one (1) month, or twelve (12) or more school days in one (1) semester.
If a student is habitually truant, a complaint will be filed with the Judge of the Juvenile Court in compliance with State law and Board Policy 5200.
A student who is absent until 12:00 noon will be considered absent one half day. If the student is absent beyond 12:00 noon, the absence will be considered a full day. Students may be excused from school for one or more of the following reasons and will be provided an opportunity to make-up missed schoolwork and/or tests:
A. personal illness (a written physician’s statement verifying the illness may be required)
B. quarantine of the home
C. death in the family
D. necessary work at home due to absence or incapacity of parent(s)/guardian(s)
E. observation or celebration of a bona fide religious holiday
F. such good cause as may be acceptable to the superintendent
Notification of Absence
If a student will be absent, the parents must notify the school and provide an explanation. If prior contact is not possible, the parents should provide a written excuse as soon as possible after the student’s absence. When no excuse is provided, the absence will be unexcused and the student will be identified as truant for that school day. If the offered excuse for a student’s absence is questionable or if the number of student absences is excessive, the school staff will notify the parents of the need for improvement in the student’s attendance.
Students with a health condition that causes repeated absences must provide the administration with an explanation of the condition from a registered physician.
Any student who is absent from school for all or any part of the day without a legitimate excuse shall be considered truant and the student and his/her parents shall be subject to the truancy laws of the State. (Please refer also to “Truancy”.)
A student who is not in his/her assigned location by 8:40 A.M. or until 10:10 A.M. shall be considered tardy. Any student arriving late to school is to report to the school office before going to class.