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Every person residing in the school district who has legal or actual charge or control of any child who is of mandatory attendance age shall cause that child to attend a public or private school regularly unless the child has graduated from high school or has been allowed to disenroll pursuant to this policy.
Mandatory Attendance Age
All children who are or will turn six years old before January 1 of the current school year are of mandatory attendance age. Children who have not turned eighteen years of age are of mandatory attendance age.
This policy does not apply when temporary illness or severe weather conditions make attendance impossible or impracticable. A child who will not reach age 7 before January 1 of the current school year may be excused from mandatory attendance if the child’s parent or guardian completes an affidavit affirming that alternative educational arrangements have been made for the child. A copy of the required affidavit is attached to this policy.
The following absences will be considered excused if they are confirmed by communication to the school from the student's parent/guardian:
1. Physical or mental illness of the student or of a child whom the student is parenting (a physician’s verification is required after four (4) consecutive days of absence for illness)
2. Severe weather
3. Medical appointments for the student or for a child whom the student is parenting
4. Death or serious illness of the student’s family member
5. Attending a funeral, wedding or graduation
6. Appearance at court or for other legal matters
7. Observance of religious holidays of the student's own faith
8. College planning visits
9. Personal or family vacations
10. Whenever the principal considers that exemption from attendance is in the best interest of the student.
When a student receives 5 unexcused absences or the hourly equivalent in any semester, the Attendance Officer will follow the district’s policy to address barriers to the student’s attendance. When a student is absent more than 20 days per year or the hourly equivalent and any portion of the absences is unexcused, the Attendance Officer may file a report with the county attorney of the county in which the student resides. For example, if the student accumulates 23 days of excused absences due to documented illness and is tardy one time, the Attendance Officer may file a report with the appropriate county attorney.
Parents who know in advance that a student will be absent must call the school or send a written note at the earliest possible date. Students who will be absent for reasons that can be anticipated, such as routine medical appointments and school activities, must complete any work required by the teacher before the absence. Parents should make every attempt to schedule medical and other appointments after school hours when possible.
Students are obligated to:
1) Complete all class work in advance for any absence that can be anticipated.
2) Attend school a full day before attending practice or participating in a scheduled student activity except in cases of family emergencies or prearranged absences.
3) Check out of school at the office if leaving school during the school day.
4) Make up any and all work that is assigned by teachers as make-up work for the instructional time that has been missed.
Parents are obligated to:
1) Call the appropriate building office to inform the school of the reason for each absence.
2) Submit a doctor's statement, if requested, for each period of absence due to illness that exceeds five days.