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Copyright 2011
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Harrison County Board Of Education District Wide Attendance Policy
(09.123)

All pupils are expected to attend school regularly to gain the most benefit from the instructional program, in order to develop desirable traits of punctuality, self-discipline and responsibility. Therefore, the Board has adopted the following attendance provisions:

Absences

Every school will accept five (5) excuses from the parent or guardian for absences for any reason during the current school year.

A student shall be permitted to make up work missed for any excused absence.

A phone call is unacceptable. There must be written documentation from the parent or guardian.

Every school will accept unlimited excuses from a*doctor.

The student must have been seen by a doctor. Each day excused counts as one (1) doctor’s note.

A physician’s statement must include (1) time and date of appointment, (2) when the student is able to return to school, and (3) the physician’s signature.

Students with extended non-contagious illnesses are encouraged to apply for homebound services.

Students are expected to turn in excuses within two days of the absence.

Tardies

Every school will accept five (5) excuses for tardies for any reason noted and signed by a parent or guardian. A student who is absent 35% or less of the regularly scheduled day is tardy.

Students are expected to turn in excuses within two days of the tardy.

Every school will accept unlimited excuses from a doctor for tardies. The student must have been seen by a doctor.

Unexcused absence

On the second (2) unexcused absence, a reminder letter will be sent from the school to the parents warning of the consequences. On the fourth (4) unexcused absence, the parents will be sent a Final Notice by certified mail, return receipt requested or personal service by the director of pupil personnel. Parents will have the opportunity to meet with the superintendent or representative to be given consequences. Charges filed will be for unexcused absences after a Final Notice has been sent.

Unexcused tardies

On the second (2) unexcused tardy, a reminder letter will be sent from the school to the parent to warn of the consequences. On the fourth (4) unexcused tardy, the Principal will conduct action that is deemed necessary (detention, loss of driving privilege, etc.) On the sixth (6) unexcused tardy, the parents will be sent a Final Notice by certified mail, return receipt requested or personal service by the director of pupil personnel. Parents will have the opportunity to meet with the superintendent or representative to be given consequences. Charges filed will be for unexcused tardies after a Final Notice has been sent.

The suspended time for students will not count in the accrual of unexcused absences.

Absences of extraordinary circumstances that do not fall within the above guidelines must have prior approval from the Principal to be recorded as an excused absence.

Perfect Attendance

A student who accumulates sixty-one (61) minutes in tardies is ineligible for perfect attendance awards.

A student who has three (3) or more tardies is ineligible for perfect attendance.

Driver’s License/Driver’s Permit – See the high school attendance clerk for details.

Funeral -See the attendance clerk at your school.

Attendance Incentive – Beginning with the class of 2012-2013, there will be no financial incentive.

*Must be a LICENSED physician, advanced registered nurse practitioner, psychologist, psychiatrist, chiropractor or public health officer.

Students (between ages 18 and 21) are subject to the truancy laws.

A student is a habitual truant after six (6) unexcused absences or tardies.

For more information please visit our on-line policy manual here.

Adopted/Amended: 11/22/2011

 

 

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