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Attendance Policies

Compulsory Attendance:

Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Students enrolled in prekindergarten or kindergarten are required to attend school and are subject to the compulsory attendance requirements as long as they remain enrolled. Ages 6-19 State law requires that a student who is at least six years of age, or who is younger than six years of age and has previously been enrolled in first grade, and who has not yet reached their 19th birthday, shall attend school, as well as any applicable accelerated instruction program, extended year program, or tutorial session, unless the student is otherwise excused from attendance or legally exempt.

Age 19 and Older A student who voluntarily attends or enrolls after their 19th birthday is required to attend each school day until the end of the school year. If the student incurs more than five unexcused absences in a semester, the district may revoke the student’s enrollment.

[If a student pre-k through 12th grade is absent from school for 10 or more days or part of days without an excuse within a 6-month period, the parent and/or student are subject to legal prosecution.]

Compulsory Attendance Exemptions:

All Grade Levels State law allows exemptions to the compulsory attendance requirements for the following activities and events, as long as the student makes up all the work:

  • Religious holy days;
  • Required court appearances.
  •  Activities related to obtaining U.S. citizenship.
  • Documented health-care appointments for the student or a child of the student, including absences related to autism services, if the student returns to 44 school on the same day as the appointment and brings a note from the healthcare provider.
  • Absences resulting from a serious or life-threatening illness or related treatment that makes a student’s attendance infeasible, with certification by a physician.
  • For students in the conservatorship of the state.
  • An activity required under a court-ordered service plan; or
  • Any other court-ordered activity provided it is not practicable to schedule the student’s participation in the activity outside of school hours. For children of military families, absences of up to five days will be excused for a student to visit a parent, stepparent, or legal guardian going to, on leave from, or returning from certain deployments

Compulsory Attendance Failure to Comply:

All Grade Levels School employees must investigate and report violations of the state compulsory attendance law. A student who is absent without permission from school for any class, any required special programs, or any required tutorials will be considered in violation of the compulsory attendance law and subject to disciplinary action.

Students with Disabilities

If a student with a disability is experiencing attendance issues, the student’s ARD or Section 504 committee will determine whether the attendance issues warrant an evaluation, a reevaluation, and/or modifications to the student's individualized education program or Section 504 plan, as appropriate.

Attendance for Credit or Final Grade (Kindergarten–Grade 12):

To receive credit or a final grade in a class, a student must attend the class at least 90 percent of the days it is offered. A student who attends at least 75 percent but fewer than 90 percent of the days may receive credit or a final grade if the student completes a plan, approved by the principal, that allows the student to fulfill the class’s instructional requirements. If a student is involved in a criminal or juvenile court proceeding, the judge presiding over the case must also approve the plan before the student receives credit or a final grade. If a student attends fewer than 75 percent of the class days or does not complete the principal approved plan, then the attendance review committee will determine whether there are extenuating circumstances for the absences and how the student can regain credit or a final grade.

Ages 6 -19

When a student ages 6 -19 incurs 3 unexcused absences within a four-week period, the law requires the school to send notice to the parent.

The notice will:

  • Remind the parent of their duty to monitor the student’s attendance and require the student to attend school.
  • Request a conference between school administrators and the parent; and
  • Inform the parent that the district will initiate truancy prevention measures, including a behavior improvement plan, school-based community service, referrals to counseling or other social services, or other appropriate measures