ATTENDANCE/NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES -------------------------------------------------

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The Board of Education recognizes an important relationship between class attendance and student performance. Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes. A student's final grade may be based on, but not limited to, classroom participation, as well as, performance on homework, tests, papers and projects. Consequently, consistent with the importance of classroom participation, unexcused ATEDs (Absence, Tardy, and/or Early Dismissal) may affect a student's class participation grade.

At the elementary and secondary school levels, after 10 days of ATEDs, parents will be contacted by letter notifying them of the impact that ATEDs have on the student's educational development and the disruption to classroom routines. A copy of the letter will be placed in the student's file. After written notification has been sent to parents, if the situation persists, parents will be contacted to meet with the principal or his/her designee to further discuss the issue.

High School Grading as it Relates to Attendance:
At the high school level with more than 7 accumulated absences for one-half year course or 14 accumulated absences for a full year course (except for one credit science courses, absences may not exceed 18), students will not receive credit for that course. School assigned activities are not accumulated absences for the purpose of receiving credit.

Excused, Unexcused Absences and Re-Assigned Activities:
All excused ATEDs require written parental explanation and are defined as Absences, Tardiness, and Early Departures from class or school due to personal illness, illness or death in the family, religious observance, quarantine, required court appearances, school emergency medical treatments or other special health related services.  All other ATEDs (e.g., class cuts, extended vacations, undocumented absences and tardiness, unapproved early leaves) are considered unexcused absences.

School re-assigned activities are the only absences excused and not accumulated. School re-assigned activities include: homebound instruction, field trips, music rotational, school-wide testing, student Government meetings and activities, suspension, sport sectionals, state competitions, and verified college visitations for seniors.

All ATEDs must be accounted for in the attendance record. Students who are unable to attend school or a class on a given day due to their participation in a school sponsored activity (i.e., music lessons, field trips), may arrange with their teachers to make up any work missed. This also applies to any student who is absent, tardy or leaves early from school or class due to illness or any other excused reason. All students with an excused ATED are expected upon their return to consult with teachers for missed work.

Students with excused ATEDs will be given the opportunity to make up a test or other missed work and/or turn in a late assignment for inclusion in their final grade. Make-up opportunities must be completed by a date specified by the student’s teacher for the class in question.

Disciplinary Consequences:
Unexcused ATEDs will result in disciplinary action consistent with the District's code of conduct and student handbooks. Those penalties may include detention or in-school suspension. Students may also be denied the privilege of participating in or attending extracurricular events.

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