Students arriving at school after 8:00 a.m. are considered tardy. Repeated tardies will be reported to school personnel who will contact parents.
Attending school regularly is very important for success in school. Additionally, children age 7 through 17 are required by state law to attend school with few exceptions. If a student is absent frequently, it will be reported to the school leader. After a total of fifteen (15) days of absence is reached anytime during the school year, a student must have a note from a medical doctor or any further absence will be counted unexcused. However, a period of extended illness (such as for chicken pox) may be considered a single day for this requirement. If the school leaders finds that many absences are unexcused, the proper authorities will be notified.
1. Religious observances or instruction.
2. Homebound instruction.
3. Placement in a hospital or other juvenile facility providing instruction.
4. Doctor or dental appointment not exceeding two hours, verified by a physician or dentist.
5. Cessation of services for special education students when specified in Individualized Education Program (IEP).
6. Personal illness. Absences exceeding three (3) days require a doctor's note.
7. Death in the family.
8. Inclement weather.
9. The child lacks proper immunizations (one day only).
10. Out-of-school suspensions. (A student who is suspended is absent but counted as an excused absence for reporting purposes.)
1. Lack of proper immunizations after the first day of school.
2. Absence due to loss of bus privilege.
3. Other reasons not noted as excused.
Students who have excused absences will be provided the opportunity to receive assignments to make up work upon their return. The time frame for completing makeup work shall be the total number of days absent plus one.
Notification to Parents
1. If the parent has not contacted the school by 9 a.m., the school will make a reasonable effort to telephone the parent of each student who is not at school and does not have an excused absence for that day.
2. A form letter will be sent after six (6) but not more than ten (10) days of excused or unexcused absences.
3. A parent conference will be set within five (5) school days after the tenth day of excused or unexcused absences.
4. Parents will be notified if additional consequences are being considered.
5. A home visit, when possible, will be made if parents do not come to the parent conference.