Taking children out of school earlier than the designated date for the end of the year or extending your vacation into the next school year can affect your child's academic success. Children need to know that their parents take school attendance seriously. Extended time out of school can affect student progress. Students need to consider school their "job" and know that parents expect them to do their job well.
Regular school attendance is a necessary part of the learning process and the means to graduate with a quality education and a diploma. Frequent absences put a student’s education and future in jeopardy. Chronic absenteeism is highly associated with retention and dropping out of school. Good school attendance plays a key role in student achievement and provides a positive foundation for a student’s educational experience.
When students are absent, our schools suffer, too. Each student generates average daily attendance (ADA) funding. Our district creates a budget based on the number of students expected in class each day. When a student is absent, the district/school receives no ADA. Funds for that student have already been used for the classroom, teacher, and supplies and there is no way to get it back! Each student absence affects the quality of the education program for all students.
Parents/guardians are obligated to send their children to school and a student’s absence shall be EXCUSED only for the following reasons:
When students who have been absent return to school, they shall present a satisfactory explanation verifying the reason for the absence within 2 days of returning to school. After 2 days, the absence will be considered unexcused. The following methods may be used to verify student absences:
- Personal illness
- Medical, dental, optometry, or chiropractic appointments of an emergency nature. Routine medical, dental, optical or chiropractic appointments made during school hours are strongly discouraged.
- Attendance at funeral services for a member of the immediate family.
- Jury duty
- The illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child to whom the student is the custodial parent
- Upon advanced written request by the parent/guardian and the approval of the principal or designee for justifiable personal reasons, including but not limited to
- Appearance in court
- Attendance at a funeral service
- Observation of a holiday or ceremony of his/her religion
- Attendance at religious retreats not to exceed four hours per semester
- Attendance at an employment conference
- Service as a member of a precinct board
- Participation in religious instruction or exercises in accordance with district policy (BP 5113) and administrative regulation (AR 5113)
- Written note from parent/guardian
- Telephone call from parent/guardian - The telephone number for contacting the attendance line is 437-4691 extension 4101.
- Email Rowena Dillard, Scandia School Attendance clerk: email@example.com
- Visit to the student’s home (District’s discretion)
- Physician’s verification
If you receive a call from the school indicating that your child is truant and your child was just recently absent, please be sure to call the school and clear the absence. This call goes out for every unexcused absence. Please do not ignore the message because it means your child does indeed have an unexcused absence. Many times, this is simply because your child forgot to turn in your written note or one parent thought the other called to clear the absence.