Attendance for Seniors
Attendance Requirements for Seniors
Please see the excerpt below from the student handbook regarding our commencement. Most of our seniors are off to a great start, but as the year goes on we tend to have attendance issues with a handful of seniors every year. The state defined standard for being considered habitually truant is as follows:
a- Absent 30 or more consecutive hours without legitimate excuse;
b- Absent 42 or more hours in one school month without legitimate excuse; or
c- Absent 72 or more hours in one school year without legitimate excuse.
It is a privilege, not a right, to participate in commencement exercises. Seniors must meet all local and state requirements in order to participate in the commencement exercise. Additionally, seniors must have paid all fees, fines, and charges, and served all disciplinary assignments before they can participate in the commencement exercise. Any twelfth (12th) grade student who is habitually truant will not be permitted to participate
in the commencement exercise.
The most common issue we run encounter is the 72 or more hours in one school year without legitimate excuse. When a student misses 65 hours in a school year with or without legitimate excuse (this does not include quarantines issued by the health department, but does include all other absences), that student is identified as excessively absent (this is different than habitually truant). When students meet the 65 hours, we will mail a letter home detailing those absences and notify you that that student has been placed on medicals only. That means that any absence that is not excused by a doctor will be unexcused (again, quarantines issued by the health department will not count against students). I cannot stress enough how important it is for students to bring notes in with them when they are absent for a legitimate reason. Here is a quick example.
Absent for 65 hours and has only turned in a note (within 3 days of returning from the absence) for 5 of the 65 hours of absences. Therefore, student A has 60 unexcused hours and only 5 excused hours when he is identified as excessively absent and is placed on medicals only by the district. Because 60 of his hours are already unexcused, he only has 12 hours left to be absent without a note from a doctor before he hits the 72 hour habitually truant threshold.
Absent for 65 hours and has turned in a note (within 3 days of returning from the absence) and been excused for 40 of the 65 hours. Student B has 25 unexcused hours and 40 excused hours when she is identified as excessively absent and is placed on medicals only by the district. Because only 25 of the original 65 hours are unexcused, she has 47 hours left to be absent without a note from a doctor before she hits the 72 hour habitually truant threshold.
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