When does attendance become a concern?
When students accumulate 3 unexcused days of school a letter or call will be made to inform a parent or guardian. After 10 unexcused absences a student can be dropped from the school.
Excused and Unexcused
Excused Absence: An absence is considered excused if a student provides physical or electronic documentation within 48 hours of absence indicating the student’s full name, dates missed and is signed by a guardian or doctor mentioning any of the following reasons:
- Medical/dental-related, including appointments
- School-sanctioned activities
- Absences related to the legal system
- Family emergency
- Bereavement/Funeral for immediate family members
- Religious observances
- Short-term suspensions or other disciplinary actions resulting in an absence
- Any other absence that is protected under State or Federal Law
Upon return to school, a student absent for more than three (3) consecutive days because of a personal illness must bring a statement from a doctor or health clinic verifying the illness or condition that caused the student’s extended absence from school.
Unexcused Absence: An unexcused absence is when a student is absent without documentation signed by a guardian or doctor that meets the criteria for an excused absence.
What happens when a student is absent?
- Student returns to school and turns in excuse note within 48 hours or guardian completes excuse note.
- Excuse note is added to the student’s file.
- Student must make up all missed assignments.
EXCUSED ABSENCE NOTES MUST BE TURNED IN WITHIN 72 HOURS OF THE ABSENCE. IF IT IS NOT TURNED IN WITHIN 72 HOURS, THE ABSENCE WILL REMAIN UNEXCUSED.
What happens if a student has attendance issues?
When students are absent frequently or are on track to missing 10 days during a term, the school may require:
- Family attendance meetings
- Student intervention plans
- Mandatory absenteeism sessions to be completed in-person by the student
- Mandatory absenteeism sessions to be completed by the parent/guardian
- Potentially dropped from the school
- At the end of each term, if a student has missed 10 or more days without proper excuses, the student may lose credit, potentially fail his/her classes, or be dropped from CADI.