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Attendance Policy

Good attendance is essential if students are to achieve success and reach their potential. The State of Indiana places education at the top of its priorities. Accordingly, it is incumbent upon this school to use every reasonable measure to instill dutiful attendance habits in every student. A very high positive correlation exists between formal learning and school attendance. This policy’s purpose is to encourage academic effort and success by discouraging unacceptable absenteeism. Therefore, the following attendance policy is enforced at Selma Elementary School.

Reporting Absences

All student absences need to be reported to the school office by parents or guardians by 10:00 A.M. on the day of the absence in order to state the nature of the absence. Absences will be EXCUSED if the school is notified before 10:00 a.m. and the nature of the absence is listed below as qualifying as an excused absence. If the parent or guardian does not contact the school that day or calls after 10:00 a.m., it will be considered an UNEXCUSED absence. If the parent does not call, the school will attempt to call the parent that day to document the absence, but it will still be considered unexcused. Communication with the school for absences is important to ensure that students are not truant from school. Truancy is being absent from school without the knowledge or consent of the parent/guardian and school officials. If no phone is available at the home, a letter from the parent or guardian stating a lack of a phone may be filed with the school principal. Those students may then be excused with a note on the day following the student absence.

Excused Absences

A student will be allowed a maximum of EIGHT parent/guardian excused absences per semester. Personal illness that is excused by a written note from a physician will not be counted towards the eight parent/guardian excused absences. After the maximum of eight parent/guardian excused absences, all following absences that semester will be counted as unexcused without proof of medical documentation. The following circumstances are considered excused absences:

*Personal Illness

*Death or serious illness of the immediate family

*Funeral if school is notified in advance

*Student medical or dental appointment

*Religious observance when approved in advance

*Head lice (first day only)

*Suspensions from school

*Other reasons excused by the principal/designee

Unexcused Absences

*Any absence without medical documentation after the maximum of eight parent/guardian excused absences per semester

*Vacations during school time are unexcused. Parents/guardians are advised to plan family activities when school is not in session.

*Truancy

*Any absence not reported to the school by parents/guardians by 10:00 a.m. on the day of the absence

*Head lice after the first day

*Other reasons not noted as excused

Tardies

The school day begins at 8:15. Any student entering the building after 8:15 will be considered TARDY. Five tardies will equal one day of unexcused absence.

Attendance for Extra-Curricular Activities

Students must be in attendance on the day of an extra-curricular activity. If the student goes home ill from school, he or she is ineligible to attend or participate in any events scheduled for that day.

Compulsory Attendance

Parents/guardians are ultimately responsible for their child’s school attendance. It is unlawful for a parent to fail, neglect, or refuse to send his child to a public school for the full term as required under this chapter unless the child is being provided with instruction equivalent to that given in public schools. This section does not apply during any period when the child is excused from attendance under this chapter.

Penalty: A person who knowingly violates this chapter commits a Class B Misdemeanor.

Reference: Indiana Code 20-8.1-3-34 and 20-8.1-3-37.

Excessive Absences

*A maximum of 8 days will be excused per semester by parent/guardian

*After the maximum of 8 excused absences per semester, all following absences will be unexcused

*All absences will be excused when medical documentation is given upon returning to school

*Parents will be notified by letter after 3 or more unexcused absences per semester

*Parents will be notified and student will be placed on an Attendance Contract for that semester after 6 or more unexcused absences per semester

*Possible consequences of excessive unexcused absences of 9 or more days per semester

~Meeting scheduled with parents and administration

~Truant and Educational Neglect Papers may be filed with the Delaware Division

of Family and Children Services, as deemed necessary by the administration

~Once a report is made, the agency, not Selma Elementary, will determine consequences

*A total of 5 tardies will be considered 1 unexcused day of absence.