• ATTENDANCE

    All students are expected to attend school regularly and be on time for classes in order to benefit from the instructional program and develop habits of punctuality, self-discipline, and responsibility.  There is a direct relationship between poor attendance and class failure.  Students who have good attendance generally achieve higher grades, enjoy school more and are much more employable after leaving school.

    GENERAL PROVISIONS FOR THE ATTENDANCE POLICY

    1.  Absences described in the policy are to take care of:
      1. a personal illness
      2. professional appointments that could not be scheduled outside of a regular school day
      3. other serious or personal problems
    2. School sponsored or sanctioned activities will not count toward total absences.
    3. Principals and their staffs will contact parents whenever illegal or suspicious absences occur. The principal may send a referral for investigation and/or home visits to the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance.
    4. The St. Mary Parish School Board Office of Special Education provides homebound instruction to pupils who have health problems requiring them to miss school for at least ten (10) days. (See Homebound Policy)
    5. A student suspended from school for disciplinary reasons will have those days charged against the total number of absences.
    6. It is extremely important that students and parents realize and understand that days of absence built into the attendance policy are not to be used as skip days, but rather they should be used only as indicated in this policy.
    7. All students enrolled in alternative to regular placement will adhere to the same attendance policy as regular students.
    8. A student will not be allowed to leave school early unless a parent or guardian personally signs the student out of the office.

    A check out will count as an absence.  In case of extenuating circumstances, parents may appeal to the principal.

    ATTENDANCE POLICY

    Elementary and junior high students are required to attend one hundred sixty-five (165) days per year to receive credit in all full credit courses.  Secondary students on block scheduling are required to attend eighty-two (82) days per session to receive credit in full credit courses;  forty-one (41) days of attendance is required for half credit courses.

     Elementary/Junior High Students:

    • 1st  NOTICE:  When a student misses three (3) days unexcused absences, it is required that the parent contact the school administrator for a mandatory conference.
    • 2nd NOTICE:  When a student misses five (5) days unexcused absences, it is required that the parent attend a mandatory conference with the school administrator.  Your child will be referred to the District Attorney’s Early Intervention/TASC Program or FINS Court.  The parent shall be fined no more than fifty ($50.00) dollars or perform not less than twenty-five (25) hours of community service.

    • 3rd  NOTICE:  When a student misses eight (8) days unexcused absences, the student is in danger of failing for the year. The principal shall send a request for assistance letter to the Child Welfare and Attendance Office. Your child will be referred to the District Attorney’s Early Intervention/TASC Program or FINS Court.

    • 4th NOTICE: When a student misses eleven (11) days unexcused absences, the next unexcused absence will result in the student failing for the year.  Recommendation will be made for a COURT REFERRAL for any days over eleven (11) days that are not extenuating circumstances.

     Secondary Students (Block Schedule) Per Session:

    • 1st  NOTICE: When a student misses three (3) days unexcused absences, it is required that the parent contact the school administrator for a mandatory conference.
           
    • 2nd NOTICE: When a student misses five (5) days unexcused absences, the student is in danger of failing for the year.  It is required that the parent attend a mandatory conference with the school administrator.  The student may be referred to the District Attorney’s Office FINS Program. The parent shall be fined no more than fifty ($50.00) dollars or perform not less than twenty-five (25) hours of community services. (NOTE: At seven (7) unexcused absences your child will fail for the semester.)

    • 3rd NOTICE:  When a student misses seven (7) days unexcused absences, the student has failed for the semester.  It is required that the parent attend a mandatory conference with the school administrator.  Recommendation will be made for a FINS REFERRAL for any days over seven (7) days that are not extenuating circumstances.  The principal shall send a request for assistance letter to the Child Welfare and Attendance Office.

    The parent or guardian, after meeting with the principal, may appeal within ten (10) days to the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance to review the principal's loss of credit decision.  The Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance will notify the parent or guardian of the day, time and place for a review of the principal's findings.

    Should the parent or guardian appeal the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance's loss of credit decision, they may appeal in writing within ten (10) days to the superintendent to review the findings.   The superintendent's decision will be mailed to the parent or guardian of the student within ten (10) days.

    Finally, should the parent or guardian decide to appeal the Superintendent's findings, a private or public review must be requested in writing within ten (10) days for a hearing to be held by the School Board.  The parent or guardian will be notified by the School Board of the day, time and place.

    TYPES OF ABSENCES

    The days absent for elementary and secondary school students shall include non-exempted excused absences, exempted excused absences, unexcused absences, and suspensions

    1. Non-exempted excused absences are absences incurred due to personal illness or serious illness in the family (documented by acceptable excuses, including a parental note) which are not considered for purposes of truancy, but which are considered when determining whether or not a student is eligible to make up work and tests, receive credit for work completed, and receive credit for a course and/or school year completed.

    2. Exempted excused absences are absences which are not considered for purposes of truancy and which are not considered when determining whether or not a student is eligible to make up work and tests, receive credit for work completed, and receive credit for a course and/or school year completed.

    3. Unexcused absences are any absences not meeting the requirements set forth in the excused absences and extenuating circumstances definitions, including but not limited to absences due to any job (including agriculture and domestic services, even in the student’s own home or for their own parents or tutors) unless it is a part of an approved instructional program. Students shall be given failing grades for those days missed and shall not be given an opportunity to make up work.

    4. Suspensions are non-exempted absences for which a student is allowed to make up his/her work and is eligible for consideration for credit provided it is completed satisfactorily and in a timely manner. The absence shall be considered when determining whether or not a student may or may not be promoted, but shall not be considered for purposes of truancy.  Students absent from school as a result of any suspension shall be counted as absent.

     

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