21 April 2009
Please be Seated!
There is no substitute for the time your child spends in class learning with their peers. When a child misses school, they miss academic time that cannot be recaptured adequately. Because of this fact, the state requires the district to maintain a student attendance level above 94% each year and ties state funding to the amount of time students spend in school. Therefore, the district has set in board policy the requirement that students miss no more than 5 days each semester. The district has been lax in upholding this requirement. After carefully reviewing current policy, the board and administration have agreed to enforce this policy consistently and in accordance with the rules and regulations explained in your student handbook.
The policy requires:
- 5 Days or less missed per semester;
- More than 5 days missed may result in disciplinary action or REFERRAL TO DIVISION OF CHILD SERVICES, the JUVENILE OFFICER, and the PROSECUTING ATTORNEY;
- Excessive absences must be made up in the semester missed or CREDIT WILL NOT BE GIVEN;
- Requests for extensions MUST BE MADE IN PERSON to the attendance committee and will not exceed the end of the next quarter;
- Despite exceptions made in the past, due to state attendance requirements, SENIORS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO WALK AT GRADUATION if excessive hours and days are not made up prior to graduation;
- Hours/Days made up will be academic in nature relating to the specific course schedule to which the student is enrolled—NON-ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES WILL NOT COUNT TOWARD MAKE-UP TIME. This includes sports, practices, activities at teacher’s homes, etc.;
- 2nd semester time made up in summer school will only count toward excessive absences—students WILL NOT be allowed to count time DOUBLE toward another graduation credit.
To remain consistent, the building principal will count students absent 15 minutes after class begins. This means that from 8:05 to 8:20, students are tardy. After 8:20 a.m., students will be counted ABSENT from first hour and students MUST CHECK IN AT THE OFFICE BEFORE GOING TO CLASS.
If a student is absent any part of the school day, they must have principal permission to participate in school sports or activities that day.