Attendance

The Education Improvement Act of 1984 makes regular school attendance compulsory for all children, ages 5 (on or before September 1) to 16, inclusive. A child may be exempt from kindergarten only if the parent/guardian files the “Form to Elect Non Attendance in Compulsory Kindergarten” with the school in his attendance area.

The law requires that school officials immediately intervene when a student has three consecutive unlawful absences, (this means the parent will receive written notification of the absences). Ten or more days absent from school may jeopardize promotion. Since a child cannot adequately make-up missed instruction, we expect regular attendance.

To be counted present, a student must remain in class until 10:00 a.m. Students may be excused from attendance in school with a doctor’s statement.


Excused Absenses

  • Students who are ill and whose attendance in school would endanger their health or the health of others may be temporarily excused from attendance. Please do not knowingly send a sick child to school.
  • Students in whose immediate family there is a death.
  • Students who are suspended or sent home for other reasons by the school.
  • Students may be excused from attendance in school in accordance with local board policy.


Unexcused Absenses

  • Students who are willfully absent from school without the knowledge of their parents.
  • Students who are absent from school without acceptable cause with the knowledge of their parents.

Note:

Frequent tardies or early dismissals constituting absences from the same class or subject does interfere with instruction and may jeopardize promotion to the next grade.


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