Regular school attendance will aid greatly in promoting the success of students. The educational process requires a continuous sequence of instruction and when broken by a period of absence this instruction can never be fully regained by extra work. The reular contact of students with one another in the classroom and their participation in learning activities under the supervision of a qualified teacher will assist each child in attaining his or her maximum potential.
The attendance policy governing the middle school is as follows:
In order for an absence to be excused the parent/guardian must call the attendance office, send a note from home or provide a medical excuse. The parent/guardian must make prior arrangements for absences due to special events or personal business.
ABSENTEEISM: Upon the seventh absence, a letter will be sent home to the parent/guardian notifying them of their student's excessive absenteeism and reinforcing the importance of good attendance. Upon the tenth absence, the student and parent/guardian must attend a conference with a school official at which time an attendance contract must be signed. The student will also be required to see his/her counselor to discuss his/her attendance. Any absence beyond the tenth day must be for medical or dental appointments, serious illness, injury, or death to a member of the student's immediate family. Extenuating circumstances will be taken into consideration bye the principal or his/her designee.
Severe cases of poor attendance may be prosecuted under Indiana's compulsory attendance laws.
(a) If a child who is an AFDC recipient fails to meet the school district's standards for attendance because of unexcused absences as defined by the school district, an evaluation of the circumstances shall be completed to determine the reasons for the child's attendance problems, establish milestones for attendance, and re-address problems associated with an inadequate level of attendance.
(b) AFDC benefits shall be reduced by ninety dollars ($90) per month if the parent or caretaker relative fails or refuses, without good cause, to comply with the written plan developed under subsection (a) and the child's school attendance in any subsequent report period is at an unacceptable level.
ABSENCE CLASSIFICATIONS: Absences will be classified as excused, unexcused or truant depending on the reason for the absence.
Excused - A student will be excused for the following reasons:
The following are excused days not counted toward the seven day absence limit.
- Personal illness verified by parent/guardian contact or medical slip within two days of absence
- Serious illness in the immediate family
- Students may be excused for other reasons if the parent makes a request in writing PRIOR to the requested absence. The school may approve an absence without prior notice if circumstances reasonably prevented the student from having obtained prior permission.
Unexcused - All other absences from school will be considered unexcused. A student with an unexcused absence will receive no make-up work.
- Absences covered by a doctor's written statement verifying each date of absence
- Death in immediate family
- Work rendered on election (requires documentation) or work rendered as a legislative page
- Court subpoena
Truant - A student will be considered truant if he or she is absent from school all or part of a day if:
A student who commits an act of truancy will receive no make-up work.
- The absence is without the prior knowledge and consent of either the parent or the school.
- A "fictitious" phone call is received by the school excusing the absence.
- A forged note is received excusing an absence.
- The student forges or alters a pass.
- A student is released to another room, office, or assigned area and the student does not report and/or does not stay after reporting.
- The student leaves 1st round dismissed if that is not the student's correct round.
Three unexcused absences and/or suspensions out of school may result in intervention and conference with Division of Family Services.
HABITUAL TRUANCY: If a student is judged to be a habitual truant he/she may become ineligible to receive their Indiana driver's license until they reach the age of eighteen (18) years. A habitual truant is defined as follows: A student who is truant more than three times in one school year.
PRE-ARRANGED ABSENCES: Annually the Board of School Trustees adopts and publishes a school year calendar including student attendance days, days students are not in school and vacation periods. Parents are required to ensure that their children are in school during student attendance days.
The board recognizes that there occasionally may be circumstances other than illness or death in the family which warrant the student being absent from school. If parents believe extenuating circumstances exist concerning a planned student absence which would warrant such an absence be considered excused, they MUST request a conference with the principal or assistant principal PRIOR to student being absent. The determination as to whether the absence will be considered excused or unexcused will be based upon: evidence of a rare social or educational opportunity, the length of the absence, the involvement of other family members, and the student's prior attendance record.
Excused from Participation:
If it is necessary for a student to be excused from a classroom activity for medical reasons, the student should have a parent-signed request to give the teacher. If the request is for an extended period of time, the student may be requested to obtain a physician's statement.
Occasionally, parents call the office and make verbal request for students to be excused from participation due to illness. The nurse will issue an excuse for that one day and request that a written statement be brought for additional day of non-participation.
Passes for Leaving School:
- Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds at any time during the school day without a permit from the school office. Failure to follow the proper procedure will be considered truancy.
- Students are not allowed to leave school to eat lunch, unless a parent-signed permission slip is on file in the main office for the student to go home for lunch. Students may not have restaurant food delivered to school.
- When students have appointments, parent must call or send a note to the office stating the date, time, and place prior to the appointment. The student will be called to the office when the parent arrives. The student should report to the office when called. When the student returns to school following the appointment, he/she should report to the attendance office with a doctor's slip and get an admittance pass to class.