WHAT EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW ABOUT STUDENT ATTENDANCE


School Board Rule 6Gx13-5A-1.041, Student Attendance--Specific Responsibilities, defines Excused School Absence as:

Student Illness: Students missing 5 or more consecutive days of school due to illness or injury are required
to provide a written statement from a health care provider. The written statement must include all days the student has been absent from school. If a student is continually sick and repeatedly absent from school due to a specific medical condition, the student must be under the supervision of a health care provider in order to receive excused absences from school.

Medical Appointment: If a student is absent from school due to a medical appointment a written statement from a health care provider indicating the date and time of the appointment must be submitted to the principal. Every effort must be made to schedule medical appointments outside of school hours. Unless specified by the physician, students should attend school before/after all scheduled medical appointments.

Death in Family

Religious Holiday: Observance of a religious holiday or service when it is mandated for all members of a faith that such a holiday or service should be observed: The religious holiday must be listed on the districtís approved list of religious holidays.

School-sponsored Event or Educational Enrichment Activity: School-sponsored event or educational enrichment activity that is not a school sponsored event, as determined and approved by the principal. The student must receive advance written permission from the principal or the principalís designee. Examples of special events include: public functions, conferences, and regional, state and national competitions. Subpoena by law enforcement agency or mandatory court appearance.

Outdoor Suspensions: Outdoor suspensions are considered excused absences.

Other individual student absences beyond the control of the parent/guardian or student, as determined and approved by the principal or the principal's designee. The principal shall require documentation related to the condition.

Course Make-up: Students granted an excused absence have the right to make-up all course work within 3 school days upon the return to school. After successful completion of all make-up assignments, the student cannot be penalized for that absence.


School Board Rule
6Gx13-5A-1.041, Student Attendance--Specific Responsibilities. Upon the request of the student or the parent/guardian make-up assignments will be provided within two days by the teacher for excused absences. It should be noted that failure to make up all assignments will result in lower assessment of the student's academic and/or effort grade.

Excessive Absences: If a student has had at least five unexcused absences, or absences for which the reason are unknown within a calendar month or 10 unexcused absences for which the reason are unknown, within a 90-calendar-day period, the student's primary teacher shall report to the school principal or his or her designee that the student may be exhibiting a pattern of nonattendance. The principal shall, unless there is clear evidence that the absences are not a pattern of nonattendance, refer the case to the school's child study team to determine if early patterns of truancy are developing. If the child study team finds that a pattern of nonattendance is developing, whether the absences are excused or not, a meeting with the parent must be scheduled to identify potential remedies.

Unexcused Absences: Any absence that does not fall into one of the above excused absence categories is to be considered unexcused. Any student who has been absent from school will be marked unexcused absence until submission of the required documentation as specified.

Failure to provide required documentation within 3 days upon the return to school will result in an unexcused absence.

Unexcused absences include:

  • Absences due to vacations, personal services, local non-school event, program or sporting activity
  • Absences due to older students providing day care services for siblings
  • Absences due to illness of others
  • Absences due to non-compliance with immunization requirements (unless lawfully exempted).
     

Course Make-up
Unexcused absences do not require that the teacher provide make-up work for the student. However, the Attendance Review Committee may assign educationally-related activities to mitigate the loss of instructional time.

 

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