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Attendance Policies

ATTENDANCE POLICY

 Our school provides this information to keep you best informed regarding the requirements pertaining to attendance and federal law.  The following will hopefully aid in your understanding the requirements under this law.

 ATTENDANCE:  ABSENCES, TARDIES, TRUANTS, INDEPENDENT STUDIES

We have included information regarding absences, tardies, truants and Independent Studies.  The following information is also on our Website under About Us and then Attendance Policies for easy referencing.  State law requires daily attendance at school.   Illness or medical appointments are the only legally excused absences.

 

If your child is absent or going to be absent, please call the school at 739-5645.

ATTENDANCE EVENTS - Starting the 2018-2019 school year, the following policies will go into effect.

An attendance event is defined as any combination of absences, tardies, and early outs.

At 7 attendance events you will receive a courtesy letter indicating your child’s current attendance.

At 10 attendance events you will receive a warning letter indicating that you and your child are in danger of participating in the Student Attendance Review Team (SART) contract.

At 15 attendance events, you and your child will be placed on a SART contract with the school.

After signing a SART contract, and if attendance does not improve, a possible Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) will take place at the district level.

 

FEDERAL LAW and TRUANTS

A truant indicates a violation of the laws requiring children be at school every day school is in session   Our school district is required to monitor student attendance, notify parents of excessive absences, tardies, and truants, and to follow prescribed procedures (School Attendance Review Team, School Attendance Review Board, referral to Riverside District Attorney’s office) regarding attendance.

A student is marked truant when the parent did not telephone office personnel or send a note within the three days of the child’s returning to school; or, the child was absent for an unexcused reason and the parent did not give our school prior notice of the child’s absence; or, the child was absent five days or more consecutively without fulfilling the requirements of an Independent Study.  A student is marked truant if the student goes to a medical/dental appointment unless the school office receives written notification confirming the medical/dental appointment by the student’s parent.   The district automatically creates letters to parents of student’s meeting prescribed truancy thresholds.

 

TARDIES

Students are to arrive on time and remain in school for the duration of the school day.  School instruction begins at 8:45 a.m..  The 1st bell for student to line-up rings at 8:40 a.m..  A child arriving late after 8:45 is tardy.  A truancy is recorded when a child arrives more than 30 minutes late.  Our school is mandated to send letters at threshold points regarding tardies.

ABSENCES

Illness (Excused): 
A note or phone call to the office personnel reporting illness must be received from the parent within three (3) days of the child returning to school to be coded an excused absence.  If not cleared within three days, the child will be marked truant.  A child absent due to illness for five (5) or more days should have a doctor’s note.

Independent Study (Excused): 
If a child will miss school for 5 to 10 days and it is not due to illness, an Independent Study needs to be requested.  The parent must submit this form to administration (not the teacher) at least one week prior to the child’s first day of absence.   This provides ample time to gather the necessary items, write up the assignments, and obtain necessary signatures.  The child completes the assignments of the Independent Study and submits them within the stated timeframe.  Credit for missed school days is based on the quality of work done on assignments, its completeness, and whether turned in on time.  Vacations should not be scheduled during the school year when class is in session.

Unexcused: 
If a student is to be absent for reasons other than illness for fewer than five (5) days and to avoid being marked truant, the parent must inform the school in writing at least three (3) days prior to the absence detailing the reason for absence.  A parent or guardian must sign and date the written request.   An administrator must then approve it.   Approval will be considered only if the child is performing at a “C” or “S” level or better in all academic subjects and behavior.  This option is available for up to a maximum of four (4) consecutive school days.  A child missing school without administrator approval will be marked truant. A child having received a notice regarding being truant (3 or more days unexcused absence) is not eligible.

Early Out: 
If it is necessary for a parent or person listed on a child’s emergency card to sign out a child during school hours, the person will be required to sign a log in the office and show photo identification before your child will be called from class to the office.  Students will not be called to the office prior to the parent’s or individual’s arrival.  Please make arrangements to arrive early enough for the sign-out process and still be able to make your appointment. Students may not be signed out early 30 minutes prior to the end of the school day. 

 

EXCESSIVE ABSENCES AND/OR TARDIES:
Our school and district continues to notify parents of excessive absences, tardies, and truants, and will follow prescribed procedures (School Attendance Review Team, School Attendance Review Board, referral to Riverside District Attorney’s office) regarding attendance.

 

PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARD: 
At the Trimester Awards ceremony students with perfect attendance will be recognized with a special award.  Perfect attendance consists of no absences and no tardies or early dismissals.   


 

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