Regular attendance is necessary if students are to make the desired and expected academic and social progress. However, the district recognizes that some absences are unavoidable.
Students are required to bring written documentation for absences within 5 days from the day they return from an absence. Parents who anticipate a student’s absence of more than five consecutive days should apply immediately for homebound instruction.
The principal shall approve or disapprove absences in excess of 10 (5 for semester classes). A medical note or other documentation will be required after a student accumulates 10 absences (5 for semester) in order to assist the principal in making that decision.
Absences with no documentation are automatically considered unlawful.
Students who accumulate 3 consecutive unlawful absences or a total of 5 unlawful absences will be considered truant. Parents/guardians and students (12 years and older) will be contacted to develop a written Attendance Intervention Plan. Failure to participate and/or adhere to the plan will result in a referral to the District Attendance Office and/or Family Court.
- The student is ill and attendance at the school would endanger the student’s health or the health of others.
- There is a death in the student’s immediate family. Three absences per occurrence.
- There is a serious illness in the student’s immediate family. Absences of this nature should not exceed
- Recognized religious holiday of the student’s faith.
- Emergencies and/or extreme hardships at the discretion of the principal.
- The student is willfully absent from school without the knowledge of his/her parents.
- The student is absent without acceptable reason with the knowledge of his/her parents.
- The student is absent and fails to turn in an acceptable note within 5 days of the student’s return from an
- The student accumulates more than 10 absences and a medical note is not received.
Chronically Absent/Chronic Absenteeism
- Any student in grades K-12 who misses 50 percent or more of the instructional day for any reason for 10 percent (or more) of the enrollment period.
- All types of absences (excused absences, unexcused absences, suspensions) contribute to chronic absenteeism.
- Truant: A child from age five until age seventeen years meets the definition of a truant when the child has three consecutive unlawful absences or a total of five unlawful absences. (Suspension is not counted as an unlawful absence for truancy purposes.)
- Habitual Truant: A child, ages 12 to 17, who accumulates two or more additional unlawful absences after an intervention plan has been developed by the school, parent/guardian and the child.
- Chronic Truant: A child, ages 12 to 17, who has been through the intervention process and who has reached the level of habitual truant, has been referred to Family Court and placed under a school attendance order, and continues to accumulate unlawful absences.