Posted: September 6, 2022
EAST BUCHANAN 2022-2023 ATTENDANCE POLICY
It is the educational philosophy of the East Buchanan School District that regular attendance by all students is essential and cannot be duplicated by any other methods. Students are expected to be in class and make attendance a top priority. Only through attendance and class participation do students achieve the benefits of the educational program. Consequently, the Board of Education, the Administrators, and the Staff of the East Buchanan School District expect that students shall be in attendance at scheduled classes and activities for the academic year.
A student absence will be considered excused if a parent notifies the school with a phone call or in writing on the day of the absence or within 24 hours before or after the absence AND with the approval of school administration. The school principal will consider the following factors when determining if a student is excused:
- Medical documented Illness (From Doctor, School Nurse, etc.)
- Medical documented appointments (Physician, Dentist, etc.)
- Court documented appointments (Juvenile Court, DHS, etc.)
- Attending School Sponsored Activities (Prior approval must be granted by the principal or designee – Good Standing academically (C and Above) – 24 hours’ notice)
- Pre-approved family activities (Prior approval must be granted by the principal or designee – Good Standing academically (C and Above) – 24 hours’ notice)
- Religious Holiday
- College Visit (Must be approved through Student Services Center)
- Approval of building principal
REASONS NOT LISTED ABOVE ARE CONSIDERED UNEXCUSED
School districts define what are excused and unexcused absences. The school makes the determination of whether an absence is excused. The principal (or designee) will make the final determination, not the parent.
All absences not noted as excused are considered unexcused. The following will also be considered unexcused: students missing a class, arriving 20 minutes or more after the start of class without administrative permission, leaving 20 minutes or more before the class without administrative permission, or if the school is not notified of an absence within 24 hours of the absence.
Any day(s) beyond five, without a documented excuse for the absence, is considered truant. Steps will begin towards mediation for excessive absenteeism. If a student is of compulsory attendance age (through the school year they turn 16) truancy charges may be filed with local law enforcement. Ten or more absences in a class per trimester may result in the loss of credit.
Steps in the Attendance Process:
- Step 1: 5th unexcused day= Letter from school notifying parent/guardian that student has accumulated 5 unexcused absences. (Within a Trimester)
- Step 2: 7th unexcused day= Parent Meeting with school officials. (Within a Trimester)
- Step 3: 10th unexcused day (within a Trimester) = Withdrawal and loss of credit for the course will be reviewed
- Step 4: 10th unexcused day (for the year)= Mandatory Administrative Attendance Hearing. Parents or Guardian will be served notice and a copy of the meeting request will be sent to the Buchanan County Attorney’s Office.
- Step 5: Continued unexcused absences= Referral for legal action. Withdrawal and loss of credit for the course will be reviewed.
Elem/MS would have Steps 1,2,4,5
TARDIES: (Start of the Day – 1st Period Only) When a student arrives late for school without a proper excuse, the teacher will count that student tardy. Later than 20 minutes the student will be considered absent for that period.
Total Number of Tardies Consequences
0-2 No consequence; warning
3-6 20-minute detention
7+ 30-minute detention; administrative meeting
- Step 1: 5th tardy= Letter from school notifying parent/guardian that student has accumulated 5 tardies
- Step 2: 7th unexcused day= Parent Meeting with school officials.