Attendance Guidelines

Elementary Attendance

From Policy JED-R

Excused absences shall include the following:

- absences due to illness, injury, death in the family, or some other insurmountable condition

(The fact that attendance was impracticable or inadvisable due to any of these reasons must be confirmed by the student’s parent, guardian, or licensed physician to school officials, normally within three days of the student’s return to school. Written documentation will be required in individual cases.)

-documented appointments with health care professionals.

-documented absence for religious instruction or a religious holiday

-absence due to participation in an academic class (Pre-approved)

-absence due to participation in athletic tournaments and playoffs

-absence due to the mechanical failure of the school bus

-absence due to Court appearances (Official documentation must be provided).

All other absences are considered unexcused.

 

All students with at least three consecutive unexcused absences or five overall unexcused absences will be classified as truant. All students that are absent (excused or unexcused) at least 10% of their days of enrollment will be classified as chronically absent. Parents should be notified by phone when their student is absent. Please contact your school if you are not getting these notifications. Your school can also provide you with access to the Parent Portal where you can track both student attendance and grades daily.

 

Excuses

Excuses should be presented at the designated school office prior to the beginning of school, during lunch periods, or after school. Students will not be excused from a tardy for the purpose of turning in any excuses. Students should turn in excuses within 3 days of returning to school after an absence. Medical excuses must be on legal stationary or have an original stamp; copies will not be accepted.

 

Middle and High School Attendance

Absences 

From Policy JED-R: Excused absences shall include the following: -Absences due to illness, injury, death in the family, or some other insurmountable condition. The fact that attendance was impracticable or inadvisable due to any of these reasons must be confirmed by the student’s parent, guardian, or licensed physician to school officials, normally within 2 days of the student’s return to school. Written documentation will be required in individual cases. 

-Documented appointments with health care professionals. 

-Documented absence for religious instruction or a religious holiday 

-Absence due to participation in an academic class approved by the principal. 

-Absence due to participation in athletic tournaments and playoff game(s). 

-Absence due to the mechanical failure of the school bus. 

-Absence due to Court appearances (Official documentation must be provided). 

All other absences are considered unexcused. All students with at least three consecutive unexcused absences or five overall unexcused absences will be classified as truant. All students that are absent (excused or unexcused) at least 10% of their days of enrollment will be classified as chronically absent. Parents should be notified by phone when their student is absent. Please contact your school if you are not getting these notifications. Your school can also provide you with access to the Parent Portal where you can track both student attendance and grades daily

Excuses 

Excuses should be presented at the designated school office prior to the beginning of school, during lunch periods, or after school. Students will not be excused from a tardy for the purpose of turning in any excuses. Students should turn in excuses within 3 days of returning to school after an absence. Medical excuses must be on legal stationary or have an original stamp; copies will not be accepted. Credit can be denied for classes with excessive absences (5 unexcused absences for semester courses and 3 unexcused absences for half-semester courses are allowed). 

School Missed Due To Transportation 

Students who are late to class or miss class periods due to mechanical failure of a school bus will be excused. This does not include other means of transportation. 

Parent Trips 

Students who accompany their parents on extended trips that cause them to miss school may lose credit if the number of unexcused days exceeds 5 days for any course in a semester, or 3 days in a half-semester class. The principal or his/her designee may excuse trips if they have educational value. However, a written request must be made by the parent(s) before the trip. 

Tardy to School/Class 

Students who are tardy to school must report to the Attendance Office/Designated Area for an admittance pass before they will be allowed to class. Students are still responsible for all work missed. 

Suggested Consequences for Unexcused Tardies: 

1st Offense………………Conference 

2nd Offense………………Conference 

3rd Offense………………Parent Notification 

4th Offense………………Detention or In-School Suspension 

5th Offense………………Suspension 

The administration has the discretion to adjust the consequences. These consequences are to be for each student tardy incident.

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