In accordance with state law, all children aged 6-18 years of age must attend school full-time unless they have a legal excuse, fall under one of the exceptions in the State Statutes, or have graduated from high school.
Regular attendance is a responsibility that should be shared by parents, student and school.
Acceptable absences include:
- personal illness
- severe illness
- death in the family
- religious observances
- student court appearances
- necessary health appointments
- college visitations
- other reasons pre-approved by school officials in advance of the absence
If a student reaches 5 excused absences in a quarter or ten days in a school year, a parent/guardian may be asked to provide more information for the above absences to be considered excused.
Students with significant truancy may be given an attendance flag in the student management system. This flag indicates the student is only absent excused from school via the school health office or specific documentation received from the child’s physician indicating a need to be absent.
If your student will be absent, please contact his/her school using their established guidelines. Failure to contact the school will result in a follow-up telephone call from the school to check on the safety/situation of the student.