A student between the ages of 7 and 16 must attend school unless the student is otherwise legally exempted or excused. A student who voluntarily attends or enrolls after his or her sixteenth birthday is required to attend each school day.
A student who persistently does not attend school for the day or any part of the school day equivalent to the length of one class period is truant and may be subject to disciplinary action. Truancy may also result in assessment of a penalty by a court of law against the student and his or her parents. The District’s Attendance Officer may request a meeting with the truant student’s parent or legal guardian to develop a truancy plan in the event of continued truancy. The principal or designee will attempt to contact a student’s parent, guardian, or legal custodian by the end of the school day in order to inform him or her of the student’s absence if no excuse has been offered.
When a student is absent from school, the parent/guardian must call the school (883-6335) to notify the school of the absence by 10:00 AM. If the school attendant cannot be reached a voicemail message is appropriate. If the parent/guardian does not call, the district personnel will call home when an absence has occurred. If contact has been made with the parent/guardian, it will not be necessary for the parent/guardian to send a written excuse with the student upon his/her returning to school, unless requested by the administration. If no contact was made, the student will have two (2) days to bring a note, or the absence will be unexcused.
A student who is absent for any reason should promptly make up specific assignments missed and/or complete additional in-depth student assignments by the teacher. A student who does not make up assigned work within the time allotted by the teacher will receive a grade of zero for the assignment.
Students and parents are responsible to monitor the number of days absent. It is the student’s responsibility to request assignments for any school days missed. If the absence is pre-arranged, the student must contact teachers for assignments and exam make-up work prior to the absence. All attendance is based on the semester.