Regular attendance is a most important· factor· in the establishment· of a good· scholastic record· . Work missed through absence· from school· is difficult to make· up . There is no substitute· for actual participation in the daily classroom discussion· and work· . Every student· is expected to be· in school· each period· of every day .
Absences shall be· classified as either excused or unexcused as determined by the principal· or his/her designee . Excused absences shall include:
- Personal illness·
- Illness of immediate· family member
- Death· in the family
- Extreme weather conditions
- Religious observances
- Circumstances which in the judgment· of the principal· create· emergencies over which the student· has no control·
- Principals may accept· three· ( 3 ) parent notes per semester and allow· those absences to be· excused based solely on those parent’s notes . After a parent has used those three( 3 ) notes , then all other absences will require· a doctor’s note· , a note· from the court· , or other school· approved activity· note· . All notes must be·turned in to the principal· within two· ( 2 ) days of returning to school· . In case· of a death· in the family or other extenuating circumstances· , administrative judgment·must be· used . Only one day per parent note· will be· allowed . If a student· has been sent to Truancy Court , the school· can no longer accept· parent notes .
Personal transportation· difficulties or travel· for recreation· will not be· considered excused absences . If planning a trip· which will be· of educational value· to the child· , the parent must see· the principal· before the trip· is taken and must get· pre-approval from the principal· . No trips will be· approved during any state· testing dates .
All schools – When a student· accumulates five ( 5 ) unexcused absences (per year , not semester) , the computer· will generate· a letter· to the child’s parents . At this point· , the principal· will refer· the student· to the Truancy Board . All children with 5 unexcused absences will be· referred to this Board .
After Truancy Board , if the student· has additional unexcused time· out of school· he/she will be· referred to Juvenile Court for truancy . Truancy Board is a one time· opportunity for parents and students . Once summoned to Truancy Board , further attendance problems will warrant· Truancy Court .
The school· day begins at 7 : 45 a . m· . and ends at 2 : 50 p . m· . Students must be· in their classroom before the bell· rings to begin· the school· day at 7 : 45 a . m· . Tardy is defined as “late arrivals and early dismissals” .
Truancyis defined as an absence· for an entire· school· day , a major portion· of the school· day or the major portion· of any class· , study· hall or activity· during the school·day for which the student· is scheduled .
Students who are absent five ( 5 ) days with adequate excuse will be· reported to the director of schools who will , in turn· , provide· written notice to the parents/guardian of the student’s absence· .