Purpose: To specify the Board’s intention regarding student attendance expectations and to clarify the impact absenteeism may have upon a student’s potential for promotion and/or earning passing grades.
Official attendance shall be reported and recorded in “half-day” increments. Students shall be in attendance for at least two (2) hours to be counted as “present” for one-half day. Students arriving late and/or departing early shall have their attendance record accurately reflect the portion of the school day they were reported as “present.”
Secondary Student Absences
Students attending secondary schools (or enrolled in grades typically defined as middle or high school grades) shall be in attendance a minimum of ninety percent (90%) of the instructional time scheduled for any particular class/course in that school (or grade) and make satisfactory academic progress in order to be unconditionally recommended for a passing grade. All absences (excused and unexcused) shall be included in the calculation of the 90% attendance minimum except that excused absences for religious holidays shall not be counted for the purpose of determining a student’s eligibility for promotion or credit.
All absences must have a written or verbal explanation provided by the parent/ guardian within 48 hours of the student’s return to school. An absence for which no acceptable explanation is received shall be deemed unexcused.
Principals shall review all students’ attendance records reflecting absenteeism in excess of 10% of the scheduled instructional time and shall make a determination, after such review, regarding a recommendation for a failing grade based thereon.
Parents/guardians shall be notified, in writing, of any recommendation for a failing grade due to excessive absenteeism (absences exceeding 10% of the scheduled instructional time). Actions leading to failing grades due to excessive absenteeism may be appealed by the parent/guardian.
Adopted: November 1982
Revised: August 2004
Cross Reference: JE-R Student Attendance
JHC - Student Absences Due to Activities