Attendance Policy and Procedures

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Students who are not in school 90% of the school days may lead to the withholding of credit and/or reported to the county as truant. Prearranged school-related activities shall not be counted as absences in implementing this policy. Cases involving extenuating
circumstances may be appealed to school administration (See Policy JE, JE-R and JHB).

There are two types of absences: excused and unexcused. Excused and unexcused absences will carry the same weight in implementing the policy. An excused absence only means that a student has the right to receive credit for make-up work.

Excused Absences: (may be one of the following)

School related: If a student misses a class for a school activity (i.e. field trip, counselor, etc.) he/she is not reported absent to the office, but is responsible for making up all missed work.

Non-school related: A non-school related absence is one in which the parent has notified the school within 24 hours of the student's absence and the school administrator has approved the absence. When a parent knows that the student will be absent for more than one day, one phone call to the school will be sufficient.

Make-Up Work: When an absence is excused, students are allowed one day for each day absent to submit make-up work.

Homework Requests: Homework requests for students who are absent from school for more than three (3) days are made through the attendance office. Teachers must be given one (1) school day advance notice when requesting homework assignments. Homework assignments may be picked up from the office at 3:00 p.m. the following day.

Unexcused Absences: An absence is considered unexcused if the school has not been notified within 24 hours of the student’s absence.

***Any student who has 10 consecutive unexcused absences from school may be withdrawn. The parent will be informed, in writing, when this happens. It is required that the parent accompany the student for re-admittance.

Tardiness: Any student entering the classroom AFTER the bell has rung, and who does NOT have a written excuse from a staff member or the administration, will be considered tardy. If a student arrives after 10 minutes, it will be recorded as an absence.

Consequences for Tardies could include:

1st-4th tardies- teacher assigns consequence (to include a parent communication)

5th tardy- conduct referral: 2 hours community service/detention assigned by Admin.

6th tardy- conduct referral: 4 hours community service/detention assigned by Admin.

Repeat - student/parent/admin conference

Check-In/Check-Out Procedures: Students arriving late to, returning to/departing from campus during the regular day must check in and out through the attendance office. Students who do not comply with this procedure will not be excused from classes.

Lunch Sign-In/Sign-Out Procedures: All District schools are closed campuses. A parent must sign the student out, in person, in order for the student to leave for any reason. Self-excusers (18 year old students with parental permission) are not allowed to sign themselves off campus during lunch without parental permission. Self-excusing is a privilege, not a right, therefore this privilege may be revoked at any time.

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