Attendance Policies

  • Compulsory Attendance

    State law requires that a student between the ages of six and 18 attend school, as well as

    any applicable accelerated instruction program, extended year program, or tutorial

    session, unless the student is otherwise excused from attendance or legally exempt.

    A student who voluntarily attends or enrolls after his or her 18th birthday is required to

    attend each school day. If a student 18 or older has more than five unexcused absences in

    a semester, however, the district may revoke the student’s enrollment. The student’s

    presence on school property thereafter would be unauthorized and may be considered



    State law requires attendance in an accelerated reading instruction program when

    kindergarten, first grade, or second grade students are assigned to such a program.

    Parents will be notified in writing if their child is assigned to an accelerated reading

    instruction program as a result of the reading diagnosis test.

    School employees must investigate and report violations of the state compulsory

    attendance law. A student absent without permission from school; from any class; from

    required special programs, such as additional special instruction (termed “accelerated

    instruction” by the state) assigned by a grade placement committee and basic skills for

    ninth graders; or from required tutorials will be considered in violation of the compulsory

    attendance law and subject to disciplinary action.

    A court of law may also impose penalties against both the student and his or her parents

    if a school-aged student is deliberately not attending school. A complaint against the

    parent may be filed in court if the student:


    • Is absent from school on ten or more days or parts of days within a six-month period

    in the same school year, or

    • Is absent on three or more days or parts of days within a four-week period.

    • If the student is over 18 the student’s parent shall not be subject to penalties as a

    result of their child’s violation of state compulsory attendance law. [See



    Attendance for Credit

    To receive credit in a class, a student must attend at least 90 percent of the days the class

    is offered. A student who attends at least 75 percent but fewer than 90 percent of the

    days the class is offered may receive credit for the class if he or she completes a plan,

    approved by the principal, that allows the student to fulfill the instructional requirements

    for the class. If a student is involved in a criminal or juvenile court proceeding, the

    approval of the judge presiding over the case will also be required before the student

    receives credit for the class.


    If a student attends less than 75 percent of the days a class is offered or has not completed

    the plan approved by the principal, then the student will be referred to the attendance

    review committee to determine whether there are extenuating circumstances for the

    absences and how the student can regain credit, if appropriate. [See policies at FEC]

    In determining whether there were extenuating circumstances for the absences, the

    attendance committee will use the following guidelines:

    • All absences will be considered in determining whether a student has attended the

    required percentage of days. If makeup work is completed, absences for religious

    holy days and documented health-care appointments will be considered days of

    attendance for this purpose. [See policies at FEB.]

    • A transfer or migrant student begins to accumulate absences only after he or she has

    enrolled in the district. For a student transferring into the district after school

    begins, including a migrant student, only those absences after enrollment will be


    • In reaching a decision about a student’s absences, the committee will attempt to

    ensure that it is in the best interest of the student.

    • The committee will consider the acceptability and authenticity of documented

    reasons for the student’s absences.

    • The committee will consider whether the absences were for reasons over which the

    student or the student’s parent could exercise any control.

    • The committee will consider the extent to which the student has completed all

    assignments, mastered the essential knowledge and skills, and maintained passing

    grades in the course or subject.

    • The student or parent will be given an opportunity to present any information to the

    committee about the absences and to talk about ways to earn or regain credit.

    In accordance with FEC(LOCAL), the committee may impose one or more of the

    conditions outlined in policy for receiving credit lost because of excessive absences.

    The student or parent may appeal the committee’s decision to the Board of Trustees by

    filing a written request with the superintendent in accordance with policy FNG(LOCAL).

    The actual number of days a student must be in attendance in order to receive credit will

    depend on whether the class is for a full semester or for a full year.


    Parent’s Note After An Absence

    When a student must be absent from school, the student—upon returning to school—

    must bring a note, signed by the parent that describes the reason for the absence. A note

    signed by the student, even with the parent’s permission, will not be accepted unless the

    student is 18 or older.


    Doctor’s Note After An Absence for Illness

    Upon return to school, a student absent for more than three consecutive days because of a

    personal illness may be required to bring a statement from a doctor or health clinic

    verifying the illness or condition that caused the student’s extended absence from school.

    [See FEC (LOCAL).]