Regular school attendance will aid greatly in promoting the success of students. The educational process requires a continuous sequence of instruction. Attendance broken by a period of absence this instruction can never be fully regained by extra work. The regular contact of students with one another in the classroom and their partici pation in learning activities under the supervision of a qualified teacher will assist each student in attaining his/her maximum potential. The primary purpose of this attendance policy is to develop a sense of responsibility, to promote punctuality, to develop traits of good citizenship, and to enhance academic success. It is with these purposes in mind that this attendance policy and the implementation procedures described are approved.
Absences will be classified as excused, (student receives make-up work), unexcused or truant (student does not receive make-up worK) depending on the reason for the absence.
1. EXCUSED-A student will be excused for the following reasons:
3.TRUANT - A student will be considered as 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.
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 spe cial events or personal business.
Upon the seventh absence a letter will be sent home to the parent/guardian notifying them of their student's exces sive absenteeism and reinforcing the importance of good attendance.
Upon the tenth absence the student will be placed on an attendance contract.
Any absence beyond the tenth, during the entire school year, must be for medical or dental appointments, serious illness, or injury to the student or serious illness, injury or death to a member of the student's immediate family to be excused for the student to receive make-up work. Extenuating circumstances will be taken into consideration by the principal or his designee.
Any student who accumulates ten days of absences will be prohibited from attending field trips or college days, unless they receive administrative permission due to extenuating circumstances.
*Work Permits may be revoked due to poor attendance.
*Severe cases of poor attendance may be prose cuted under Indiana's Compulsory Attendance Laws.
If a student who is an AFDC recipient fails to meet Jennings County School's standards for attendance because of unexcused absences, AFDC benefits shall be reduced by ninety dollars (S90) per month if the parent or guardian fails or refuses to comply with the school and the student's attendance is at an unacceptable level. The Jennings County School District considers three (3) unexcused absences as unacceptable.
On the day that a student is absent from school, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to call the school. ATTENDANCE OFFICE at 346-4081 and report the reason for the student's absence. Calls are to be made within two days of the absence.
If the parent/guardian does not have access to a phone or if calling the school would create an undue hardship or problem, he/she should contact the attendance officer so arrangements may be made to accept notes in lieu of phone calls.
In the event of an extended absence 2 or more days from school the parent/guardian should contact the JCHS Guidance Office at 346-5625 to request homework.
All students who arrive at school after 8:25 a.m. must report to the attendance office. If a student fails to report to the attendance office when they arrive late to school, absences in the missed classes will be considered as unexcused. This procedure includes morning SCC students. Students who are habitually late to school may lose driving privileges.
To qualify for a perfect attendance certificate, a student must be enrolled for the full year and not record any absences or tardies to any class during the year. Habitually going to the health center, or leaving school early would disqualify a student for a perfect attendance certificate.
To qualify for a commendable attendance certificate, a student must be enrolled for the entire year, be in attendance each school day and not have any disciplinary reports for excessive tardiness. Repeated requests to leave school early may disqualify a student from commendable attendance.
Students coming on campus are to remain in the school building for the rest of the school day. Students are not allowed in parking lot areas. Permission from the attendance office must be obtained before a student may leave the school grounds during the school day.