What Adults Need to Know About Attendance
- Defined as personal illness, illness or death of immediate family, religious holidays, educational trips, school sponsored activities, judicial actions, military dependent and trips approved by administration prior to departure.
- Use the Parent Portal to verify the accuracy of your student’s attendance to be sure the note was received.
- Check with your student if discrepancies are detected and contact the Attendance Office for corrections.
- PLEASE reference the STUDENT PROGRESSION PLAN on the District Website for additional information.
- Automated telephone calls are made to your listed phone number notifying that your student is not in school.
- Attendance Letters are sent to the parent at: 10 days excused, 5 days unexcused, and 10 unexcused absences.
- If 10 unexcused absences are accrued in 90 calendar days, an attendance meeting requiring your participation will be scheduled.
- Using a problem-solving model, strategies will be developed to meet the specific challenge for non-attendance.
- This intervention plan may be reviewed and revised as needed until the pattern on non-attendance ceases.
- If your child is sick you are allowed to write up to 10 excuse notes for illness during the school year.
- Your student should turn in the excuse notes at the Attendance Office or upon their return to school.
- After the 10 allotted parent notes any additional absences will require a doctor’s note in order to be excused.
- If your student has a chronic health condition, including asthma or diabetes, you need to inform school staff and a Medical Documentation Form should be completed by their physician in lieu of the multiple excuse notes.
- If after further review and revision the interventions continue to be unsuccessful the problem-solving team of which you are a part will need to consider other options.
- Possibly an alternative educational environment may help your student to be more academically successful which in turn may affect the non-attendance issues.
- A referral to Youth and Family Alternatives an agency to assist in ungovernable and truancy matters may help.
- If all else fails legal proceedings may need to be pursued as regular school attendance is mandated by law.
Chronic Health Conditions
Students who miss school due to medical related issues still need attendance intervention. These school days add up quickly and students miss important instruction time! It can be as simple as having a meeting with school staff to discuss how they can accommodate your student at the school with their medical related issue.
Work With Your Child & Your School
As the parent/guardian, be strong with your child and don’t let your child stay home when it is not necessary. This will help your child succeed.
- If your child has a chronic health condition, make sure that the school staff is aware of the condition, so the staff can assist your child if they become ill. Information about your child’s chronic health condition should be noted on the Confidential Medical Information Form.
- For students with diabetes: if your child has diabetes, the school may need a Medical Excuse Form completed by their doctor. Make sure that Diabetic Medical Management Plan is completed and all supplies (insulin, blood sugar meter, test strips) needed to manage your child’s diabetes are at the school.
- For students with asthma: if your child has asthma, the school may need a Medical Excuse Form completed by their doctor. Make sure that the Authorization for Medication/Treatment is completed and all supplies (inhaler, spacer, etc.) needed to manage your child’s asthma are at the school.
- Keep an open line of communication with school staff and teachers. The more the school knows about your child’s health, the better prepared everyone will be to work together for your child.
- Make appointments in the late afternoon so your child misses as little school as possible.
- If your child must miss school, make sure you get their homework assignments and follow up to see if they work is completed and turned in.
- Call the school as soon as you know your child will be absent and tell school staff why your child will be out and for how long.
- Be prepared to get a doctor’s note when requested by school personnel.