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515 ATTENDANCE OF CLASSES AND INSTRUCTIONAL TIME

Attendance is required of all students in all regularly scheduled classes and instructional time.  The superintendent shall, in cooperation with the school administration, staff, parents/guardians, and students, prepare rules and regulations to implement this policy.

Elementary School Attendance

The Board and faculty of the Creston Community School District consider regular attendance highly important and have established the following policy to deal with student absence and tardiness in the elementary school(s).

I. General Attendance Policies Applicable to the Elementary School

At any time that a student’s attendance reflects five absences per semester, either excused or unexcused, the student is violating the school district’s policy regarding the minimum attendance requirement.  After five absences a letter will be sent home notifying the parent that the student has exceeded this policy.  Any absence after that will need to be documented with a note from a doctor or cleared by the school nurse.  If the absences continue, the truant officer will be notified and further action may be taken.

A.  The following absences will be excused, providing the excuse has been provided by the parent or guardian in advance of the absence, or at the time of personal illness or by the next school day:

  1. Personal illness;
  2. Family death or emergency;
  3. Medical appointments that must be made during school time;
  4. Court appearance if validated by the assigned time on the ticket, and the appearance is validated by the Clerk of the Magistrate Court and/or District Court.
  5. Family trips and other extended absences which can be justified from an educational standpoint.  These must be approved by the principal well in advance and arrangements made with each teacher involved for the make-up of work to be missed.
  6. School initiated absence (no parent excuse required).

B.  The following absences will be treated as unexcused:

  1. Any absence not properly excused before the occurrence, or at the time in the case of personal illness.  It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to notify the school if a student is to be absent and the absence is to be excused.  However, to satisfy a mutual concern of parents/guardians and the school for the welfare of unaccounted-for students, the office will contact parent/guardian should a student be found absent for whom no parent/guardian excuse has been received.  This call will be to confirm the whereabouts of the student but will be considered after the fact for attendance purposes and will not be considered excused if the school has to call to find a student;
  2. Leaving the building during the day without parental excuse and authorization of the principal's office;

C.  The following absences will be treated as unexcused:

  1. Leaving the building during the day or failing to attend class for personal reasons not approved by the school principal or his/her designee;
  2. Work for parent/guardian or an employer;
  3. Haircut appointments;
  4. Oversleeping;
  5. Car trouble;
  6. Shopping trips
  7. Being over 30 minutes late will be considered the same thing as an unexcused absence.
  8. Any other as determined by the Principal.

II.  Tardiness

A.  Tardies are unexcused absences that are thirty (30) minutes or less in nature.  Up to three (3) tardies will be given without penalty per semester.  After the third (3) tardy, parents/guardians will be notified and a meeting will be held between the principal and the parent/guardian.  An attempt to resolve the tardy issue will be made. 

B.  Unexcused tardies beyond four (4) will be considered truant.  Those children who are truant will be considered in violation of the state's mandatory attendance laws.  These cases will be referred to the County Attorney for mediation or prosecution.

C.  Being over 30 minutes late will be considered the same as an unexcused absence.

 

Middle School and High School Attendance

The Board and faculty of the Creston Community School District consider regular attendance highly important and have established the following policy to deal with student absence and tardiness in the middle school and the high school.

I. General Attendance Policies Applicable to Both Middle School and High School

At any time that a student’s attendance reflects five absences per semester, either excused or unexcused, the student is violating the school district’s policy regarding the minimum attendance requirement.  After five absences a letter will be sent home notifying the parent that the student has exceeded this policy.  Any absence after that will need to be documented with a note from a doctor or cleared by the school nurse.  If the absences continue, the truant officer will be notified and further action may be taken.

A.  The following regulations will be used in regards to attendance:     

  1. If a student is not present for the entire day on the day of a school activity, that student will not be able to participate in either a practice or performance of a school-sponsored group.  Students must have at least ½ day in attendance on Friday in order to participate in an activity scheduled for Saturday.   
  2. Doctor and dental appointments are excused if the student is prompt in his/her return to school.

B.  The following absences will be excused, providing the excuse has been provided by the parent or guardian in advance of the absence, or at the time of personal illness:   

  1. Personal illness;
  2. Family death or emergency;
  3. Medical appointments that must be made during school time;
  4. Court appearance if validated by the assigned time on the ticket, and the appearance is validated by the Clerk of the Magistrate Court and/or District Court;
  5. College visits with the recommendation of the counselor.  Parent-teacher conference days and semester break days should be used when possible for these visits;
  6. Family trips and other extended absences that can be justified from an educational standpoint.  These must be approved by the principal well in advance and arrangements made with each teacher involved for the make-up of work to be missed; and
  7. School initiated absence (no parent excuse required).

C.  Following an excused absence, the student will be responsible for contacting teachers to complete all work not previously made-up.  Make-up work timeline is outlined in the Student Handbook.  After ten (10) consecutive excused absences, a parent conference will be held to discuss educational planning.

D.  The following absences will be treated as unexcused:

  1. Any absence not properly excused before the occurrence, or at the time in the case of personal illness.  It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to notify the school if a student is to be absent and the absence is to be excused.  However, to satisfy a mutual concern of parents/guardians and the school for the welfare of unaccounted-for students, the office will contact parent/guardian should a student be found absent for whom no parent/guardian excuse has been received.  This call will be to confirm the whereabouts of the student but will be considered after the fact for attendance purposes and will not be considered excused if the school has to call to find a student;
  2. Leaving the building during the day without parental excuse and authorization of the principal's office;
  3. Leaving the building during the day or failing to attend class for personal reasons not approved by the school principal or his/her designee;
  4. Work for parent/guardian or an employer;
  5. Haircut appointments;
  6. Oversleeping;
  7. Car trouble;
  8. Shopping trips;
  9. Senior pictures; or
  10. Obtaining drivers’ license or permit.                                                                                                                                
  11. Any other as determined by the Principal.

II.  Attendance Policies Applicable Only to Middle School

A.  Following an unexcused absence:

  1. All work must be made-up when the student returns to school. 
  2. Following the first unexcused absence the student will be assigned a 30 minute detention.
  3. Following the second unexcused absence the student will be assigned a 60 minute detention.
  4. A third unexcused absence will result in additional disciplinary actions deemed appropriate by the principal.
  5. Any additional unexcused absences will result in further disciplinary actions deemed appropriate by the administration.  Parents/guardians may be required to meet with the principal and/or truant officer to develop an attendance plan for the student.

B.  Tardiness

  1. The only tardiness that will be excused will be that from being detained by another teacher (in which case the detaining teacher will issue a late pass) or because of a late bus.  Being over 30 minutes late will be considered the same as an unexcused absence.
  2. To provide for those cases where being late is unavoidable, there will be no penalty assessed for the first two (2) instances of tardiness each semester.  Following the third (3) tardy and each succeeding tardy up to six in a semester, a student will have to make up 30 minutes of detention.  Following the sixth (6) tardy in a semester, further disciplinary action may be taken up to In-school/Out-of-school suspension and a parent contact will be made.

C.  Detention

Detentions may be assigned by either an individual teacher or by the office.  Students serving detentions are expected to follow the rules of the supervisor and are expected to work on assignments or read a book.   Office detentions will be served until 4:00 p.m.  Detentions may be served on the day with parent permission, on the following day, or at the teacher’s discretion.  Individual teachers will assign detentions according to their schedule.  Failure to report to a detention will result in further disciplinary actions.  Students failing to serve the detention within the allowed time will be referred to the Principal for further consequences.  Detentions may be assigned Monday through Friday.  Detentions will take precedence over scheduled school trips or activities.

 

III.  Attendance Policies Applicable Only to High School

A.  Following the first unexcused absence from a class(es) during a calendar year:

  1. The student will be assigned minute for minute for time missed under 60 minutes, 90- minute detention for two periods or more.  Parents will be notified of infraction.
  2. Truant students might not be given credit for work in the class during the unexcused absence, but may be required by the teacher to complete it as part of the class requirements.

B.  Following the second unexcused absence from class(es):

  1. The student will be assigned ½ ISS period.
  2. A conference between the student and an administrator or counselor will be held and parents will be contacted.     
  3. Truant students might not be given partial or full credit for work missed in the class during the unexcused absence.

C.  Following the third unexcused absence from class(es):

  1.  If the absence results in the third/fourth unexcused absence from any class the student will 2 days of ISS.  The parent/guardian shall be notification.  All credit(s) for the class (es) may be lost or work turned in given partial credit.

D.  Missing a class while being elsewhere in the building without the authorization of a teacher or skipping a study hall will result in detention.  

If a student accumulates a total of ten (10) absences (excused or unexcused) per semester from any class, a conference with parents/guardians, student, teachers, Liaison Officer, and principal may be requested by the principal/Liaison Officer to determine if the student is progressing well enough to justify continuation in the class.

E.  Tardiness

  1. The only tardiness that will be excused will be that from being detained by another teacher (in which case the detaining teacher will issue a late pass), because of a late bus, or parent/guardian consent.
  2. To provide for those cases where being late is unavoidable there will be no penalty assessed.
  3. On the fifth, sixth, and seventh tardy, the student will be assigned 30 minutes of detention.
  4. For the eight, twelfth, or sixteenth tardy the student will be assigned ½ ISS, and the parents/guardians will be contacted.
  5. Parents/guardians will be notified by mail of any detention assigned.

 F.  Detention

  1. The detention room will be open each morning from 7:25 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and afternoons from 3:15 p.m. to 4:05 p.m.
  2. Students must check in with the teacher or ISS instructor before serving detention.
  3. Students will a set time for detention to be served.  If not served in that time period additional detention or ISS maybe assigned.

Approved 5-16-16  Reviewed/Updated 7-15-19