Student Attendance

As a result of the Education Improvement Act of 1984, guidelines have been established

for student attendance and absences. Attendance is a requirement for promotion and/or credit. Students must attend 85 days of each 90-day term course to receive one unit of credit. No student who misses all or any portion of a school day, unless excused by the principal, shall be permitted to participate later that day or that evening in any extracurricular or school-sponsored, authorized or related activity or event.


Failure to attend class constitutes an absence. Students previously enrolled in the district and those residing in the state they are entering for the first time shall be counted absent without excuse (for promotion/credit consideration) for each day missed due to late enrollment. All absences are defined as lawful or unlawful. Students are not permitted to make up work for unlawful absences. A note from a parent/guardian or doctor must be provided within three days of an absence.


Lawful Absences

Per state law, lawful absences have been defined as follows:

Students who are ill and whose attendance in school would endanger their health or the health of others may be temporarily excused from attendance.

  • Emergency medical or dental appointments that cannot be scheduled outside of school hours. Beginning and ending times must be recorded on the appointment slip by the doctor’s office and only the appointment time and minimum travel time will be excused.
  • Students in whose immediate family there is serious illness or death.
  • Students may be excused from attendance in school for recognized religious holidays of their faith.
  • Students may be excused from attendance in school if they are required to be present in a court of law. Judge or attorney verification is required in writing.
  • Students who are absent due to suspensions.
  • Students who have prearranged absences for other reasons and/or extreme hardships at the discretion of the principal.
  • Students may be excused from attendance in class (or classes) for participation in activities representing the school if they have a passing average in each class they will miss and have not been excessively absent. All student absences for such school activities must have prior approval of the principal. Approved activities include state and national competitions and ceremonies honoring outstanding students. Note: Approved field trips, students late due to bus problems, and students assigned to in-school suspension programs are not considered absent.

Unlawful Absences

Per state law, unlawful/unverified absences have been defined as follows:

  • Students absent from school without the prior knowledge of the parent.
  • Students absent from school without acceptable cause with parental knowledge. For example, a family vacation is an unlawful/unverified absence.
  • Students suspended from the school bus and not reporting to school.
  • Parental notes for student illnesses in excess of ten days, which can not be substantiated by medical statements.
  • Routine appointments for medical, dental, or counseling services once a student has exceeded five absences per term course.

Student Absences  
All excuses for absences must be documented in writing and on file in the attencance office. It        is the responsibility of the student to bring in a note or fax from a parent or physician                          confirming the reason for the absence. All business with the attendance office must be                       conducted outside of class times. Taking class time to submit an excuse or to obtain an ID badge     does not exempt a student from the attendance policy.