The school year consists of 180 days. Regulations specified by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education require elementary school students to be in attendance a minimum of 166 days to be eligible for promotion. The State allows no more than 14 absences per year at the elementary and middle school levels and 7 absences per semester at the high school level. The State does not distinguish between excused and unexcused; all are counted as absences. A doctor’s note for an appointment or a one-day illness does not prevent the absence from being counted toward the 14 day limit, and once the maximum number of absences allowed is reached, credit will not be granted for the school year. Long-term illnesses will receive special consideration through our Office of Child Welfare and Attendance.
- Parents of absent students will receive a phone call via the Automated Calling System to be sure that you are aware that your child is not in school.
- A doctor’s certificate is required when students are returning to school after having a communicable disease. The school district’s Guide to Student Conduct contains information on communicable diseases.
- Absences are closely monitored. Excessive absences and tardies (5 per semester) are reported to the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance in accordance with State Law.
- All doctor’s notes must be submitted within five (5) days of returning to school.
Parent Tips for Improving Attendance:
Parents are a child’s first teacher. They play a crucial role in their child’s ability to succeed in school. An effective partnership with parents and their child’s school sets the stage for the success of a child.
• Limit TV on school mornings.
• Teach children to set and to use their own alarm clock or clock radio.
• Set uniform clothes out the night before.
• Have school work and lunch ready.
• Bathe and shower in the evening.
• Walk to school or the bus stop with another child who is always on time.
• Help your child relax before bedtime with a story or a book instead of the stimulation of television.
• Remind children how much it helps the whole family when they are ready for school.
• Require children to come to school unless they are sick or there is a family emergency.
• Avoid scheduling vacations during school time.
• Arrive at school on time because tardiness will be monitored carefully.
• Try to schedule doctor or dental appointments after school or during holiday breaks.
• Return to school with a note or doctor’s certificate after an absence.