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Attendance is taken and reported each class period. By state law, students must be in attendance a minimum of 90% of the total school days each semester to be eligible to earn credit. Students are expected to make up excessive absences; failure to make up absences will result in denial of credit if the number of absences exceeds that allowed by law.
For each semester of the 2019-2020 school year:
Students will be denied credit for any class period with
- 9 OR MORE 1ST SEMESTER Excused and Unexcused ABSENCES; and/or
- 10 OR MORE 2nd SEMESTER Excused and Unexcused
Absences that count toward the 90% Rule: ALL EXCUSED ABSENCES & UNEXCUSED ABSENCES.
EXCUSED ABSENCES include:
· ARM – Armed Forces
· COL – College Visit
· ED – Period Attendance, Early Dismissal
· ELE – Election Clerk
· EX1 – Parent Note
· EX2 – Doctor Note
· EXC – Excused Absence
· HBA – Homebound Absent
· MKP – Period Attendance, Make-Up
· SUS – Out of School Suspension
UNEXCUSED ABSENCES include:
· CUT – Truant
· UNX – unexcused or unverified
o Example of unexcused absences include: Aptitude and achievement testing by outside agencies; non-school instruction such as private lessons; or, ski trips and vacations.
· A – Absence (Code used by teachers)
All absences shall be considered in determining whether a student has attended the required percentage of days.
ABSENCES: A parent should call the Attendance Office (817-814-7005) when a student is absent. All absences are recorded as unexcused except those documented by a doctor/dentist statement giving specific dates of care/appointment, a court appearance confirmed by the notice to report, suspension, attendance at a funeral, (travel to out of town funerals will be limited to one day travel each way), and an approved note from parents. Notes must be received within seven calendar days to get approval. ALL NOTES RECEIVED AFTER SEVEN CALENDAR DAYS will be filed, but WILL NOT BE EXCUSED. Three parent notes will be allowed per semester; all others must be accompanied by a doctor’s note which should include the student’s name and ID number, date(s) of absence, reason for absence, parent’s signature, and a phone number where the parent can be reached for confirmation.
EXCESSIVE ABSENCES RESULTING IN DENIAL OF CREDIT: As stated above, a student will be denied credit for a class if the Excused and Unexcused absences exceed eight for that class during the first semester and nine during the second semester. In order for a student to be ELIGIBLE to recover credit due to attendance, students MUST be in attendance of that class for a minimum of 75% of the school days in that semester. For the 2018-2019 school year, a student may attempt to recover credit due to attendance if the student has NO MORE THAN 21 unexcused absences in that class for the first semester and 24 unexcused absences in that class for the second semester. Students will be given an opportunity each semester to recover Excused and Unexcused absences exceeding nine but not more than the number prescribed in each semester.
PETITION: In some situations, extenuating circumstances occur and the excessive absences cannot be made up during the semester in which they were recorded. Excused and Unexcused absences may be petitioned to the Attendance Review Committee. Petitions must be submitted on a petition form which is available in the attendance office. Petitons must be submitted to the committee no later than the third week of the six weeks following the semester in which the excessive absences occurred.