Tracking Unexcused Absences

The law requires that schools track unexcused absences for students and work with parents to develop a plan when a student has two unexcused absences in one month.  If a student has five unexcused absences in a month or 10 in a school year, the school district shall file a petition for civil action with the Juvenile Court. 

The definition of an excused absence is: illness or health condition; family emergency; religious observance, (when requested by a parent); school-approved activities; some disciplinary actions or short-term suspensions, as required by law; or family-approved activities.  A family-approved activity is only excused if there is prior written approval by the principal and no serious, adverse effect on the educational progress of the student.

Please call the school office as soon as you know that your child will not be attending school, and please do everything you can to schedule appointments outside of school hours.  If you do not call, your school will try to verify your child’s absence by contacting you.  If you cannot be contacted, the absence is considered unexcused.


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