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JE-R Policy_High School Attendance Policy

Code: JE-R

Regular attendance at school is vitally important to each student as it can directly affect his/her progress academically and his/her development of attitudes and habits for later life.  The more absences a student accumulates, the less he or she can be expected to adequately participate in and understand classroom activities.  Statistics nationally, as well as directly in this district, verify that students with fewer absences generally earn higher grades and are more successful.  Learning to regularly attend and to be on time is a tool which is not only beneficial in school but will help students to be successful in college as well as business. 


While keeping records of students is a school function, the primary responsibility for insuring regular attendance at school rests with the parent and the student.  Through the cooperative efforts of parents and the school, it is hoped that each student will develop attendance habits and attitudes which will be helpful to his/her present and future endeavors. 


It is the school board's duties to set criteria for receiving credit for classes.  To successfully complete a class and receive credit, a student must: 

a)         earn a passing grade

b)         have satisfactory attendance as defined by this policy. 


When a student has missed ten (10) or more classes in any semester, this equates to more than 10% of the total class time.  The board believes that except in exceptional circumstances when a student misses more than ten (10) classes in any one semester, that there has not been adequate participation in the class to receive credit.  Although a student, under this policy, may be absent for any reason, for up to ten (10) times without losing credit, this is not to be considered a grant to be absent in any case where absence is avoidable; therefore, any absence except those for school activities will be recorded as a chargeable absence.  All out-of-school suspensions shall be considered chargeable absences. 





Tardy:  Any student who is not in class by the time the final bell signifying the start of class rings shall be tardy unless a written note excusing the tardy is provided by another teacher or administrator. 


Absence:  An absence means not being in attendance at any class in which the student is enrolled but shall not include an absence as a result of participation in school activities.  College visitations by seniors will not count as an absence. 


Excused Absence:  An excused absence is when a note or phone call from a parent is given to the school before school starts on the day following the absence.  Notification of a planned absence may be given before the absence or the day of the absence but in no case will be accepted later than the morning prior to the start of school on the day following the absence when the student returns to school. 


Unexcused Absence:  An unexcused absence is an absence for which notification required for an absence to be excused is not received prior to start of school on the day following the absence. 


Tardies:  A student will be allowed a total of three (3) tardies per nine week period.  Beginning with the fourth tardy during any nine week period, a twenty minute detention will be given to the student. 


If a student does not show up for detention, another detention is automatically added.  The only excuses that will be accepted for missing a detention are if a student is absent the day of detention or is a bus student.  When a student accumulates 3 or more detentions, double time will be served (40) minutes) until the student is back to one detention. 


Unexcused Absences:  Students whose absences are unexcused may receive detention or suspension from school.  Students whose absences are unexcused will not be allowed to make up work in the class or classes which they were absent from. 




1.         When a student is absent regardless of whether it is excused or unexcused for a total of five (5) times during any semester, the principal or superintendent shall send written notification to the student and parent stating the class or classes which the student has been absent from for five (5) times specifically notifying the parent of the importance of complying with the attendance policy.


2.         After a student is absent from any one or more classes for a total of eight (8) times during the semester, the principal and/or guidance counselor shall schedule a conference with the student and the student's parents to discuss the absences, the importance of attendance and the attendance policy. 


3.         After the student has been absent for ten (10) times for any class or classes during the semester, the parent and student shall be given a final notice of the number of absences and that any further absences may result in an inability to earn credit in that class for the semester. 


4.         Students who have been absent for more than ten (10) times in any one subject will not earn credit and may be put into an in-schools suspension or study hall for that class or classes.                                                     


5.         Any student who is absent from class more than ten (10) times may request an attendance hearing to keep the class credit.  The student may be allowed to remain in class pending the hearing.  The hearing shall be scheduled within three (3) school days beginning with the day the attendance hearing is requested.  The student and his parents shall be required to attend the hearing along with the building principal.  If the student and parents can demonstrate that the eleventh absence was due to extenuating circumstances that could not be prevented including hospitalization, required medical, dental, orthodontal, or optometric care that could not be scheduled after school, serious illness, family emergency or other emergency which the principal believes warrants continuation of class credit, then the principal, in consultation with the guidance counselor, may grant an exception to the attendance policy.  The principal as a condition to granting these exceptions may require that the parent or student enter into a written agreement between the principal and parents or students, any subsequent absence shall result in loss of credit, however, the student may request a subsequent attendance hearing in which event the same procedures as set forth above shall be followed.


6.         In the event of the principal's determination to withhold credit from a student under this policy, and subsequent to an attendance hearing, the parents, if they have complied with the attendance hearing process may appeal the principal's decision to the board of trustees.  In the event the parents and/or student desires to appeal the principal's determination, they shall do so in writing to the board of trustees within five (5) days after the final determination of the principal.  The board shall take the appeal matter up at their next regularly scheduled board meeting held after receipt of the notice of appeal unless the matter is sooner scheduled to be heard at a special meeting.  The board shall hear the appeal by allowing both sides to discuss the circumstances of the absences with the board and to call whatever witnesses either side desires.  While the appeal is pending, the student shall be permitted to remain in the class.  The board's determination shall be final. 

Adopted:  3/21/2017

NaCole Stevens,
May 2, 2018, 4:14 PM