Attendance

Regular attendance by all students is very important.  In many cases, irregular attendance is the major reason for poor schoolwork; therefore, all students are urged to make appointments, do personal errands, etc., outside of school hours.

 

Reasons for which students may be excused include, but are not limited to:

  1. personal illness of the student;
  2. illness in the student’s family;
  3. needed at home to perform necessary work directly and exclusively for parents or legal guardians (applies to students over 14 years of age only);
  4. death in the family;
  5. quarantine for contagious disease;
  6. religious reasons;
  7. traveling out of state to attend a Board-approved enrichment activity or extracurricular activity (applies to absences of up to 24 school hours) or           
  8. as determined by the Superintendent.

 

Each student who is absent must immediately, upon return to school, make arrangements with his/her teacher(s) to make up work missed.  Students who are absent from school for reasons not permitted by State law may, or may not, be permitted to make up work.  Each case is considered on its merits by the principal and the respective teacher(s).  Students are requested to bring a note to school after each absence explaining the reason for the absence or tardiness.

The primary responsibility for the supervision of a child rests with his/her parent(s) or legal guardian.

When a student is absent from school, it is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian to notify school officials of the absence and the reason for the absence. This notification will be followed up with a written note, to be turned into the main office within three days of the absence.

Parents should call individual school building to report student absence during specified building hours.  Please refer to your child’s student handbook for contact information and building hours.

The Board does not believe that students should be excused from school for vacations or other non emergency trips.  The responsibility for such absences resides with the parent(s), and they must not expect any work missed by their child to be retaught by the teacher.  If the school is notified in advance of such a trip, reasonable efforts are made to prepare a general list of assignments for the student to do while he/she is absent.

 

ATTENDANCE AND GRADES

Students are expected to be in school on a regular basis and when absent to complete all missed assignments. Students who accumulate unexcused absences place their academic standing in serious jeopardy.  Grades can be affected in the following manner:  Students receiving an unexcused absence may be permitted to make up work missed.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION REGARDING ATTENDANCE

  1. Absence Slip:  When a student returns to school following an absence he/she is required to bring a note from his/her parent or legal guardian.  This note must be submitted to the office within three (3) days after the absence and it must contain the following information:  student’s name, date of absence, specific reason for absence, and signature of parent or guardian.  The attendance secretary will issue an absence slip.  It is the student's responsibility to present this slip to each of his/her assigned teachers on the day that the excused absence slip is issued.
  2. Doctor’s Excuse:  When a student is absent (excused or unexcused) for 38 or more hours in one school month or 65 or more hours in one school year due to medical excuse, an absence intervention plan may still need to be developed.
  3. Early Dismissal Slip:  This slip will be issued in response to a written request by a parent/legal guardian or on an emergency basis.
  4. Excused Absence:  Students receiving an excused absence will be provided the opportunity to make up all missed work with credit.  It is the student’s responsibility to contact the teacher to obtain missed assignments.  The minimum amount of time allowed for make up work, will be:  Number of consecutive days absent plus one school day
  5. School Activities:  Absences which result from any school sponsored activity (field trip, assembly, athletic event, or in-school suspension) will be considered as “in attendance” not as “absent.”
  6. Tardy to School:  Students arriving late to school will report to the office for an admittance slip.
  7. Tardy Slip:  Students arriving in the building after the start of first period are required to report to the office of the assistant principal, sign in, and receive a tardy slip.  The slip should be given to the classroom teacher upon arrival in class. Students who arrive late to first period without a tardy slip should be sent directly to the office in order for them to obtain one.
  8. Truancy: A “habitual truant” is any child of compulsory school age who is absent without a legitimate excuse for 30 or more consecutive hours, 42 or more hours in one month or 72 or more hours in a school year.
  9. Unexcused Absence: An absence from school will be considered unexcused when the school has not been properly notified, no written excuse is received within three (3) school days after the student returns to school and/or the reason provided does not conform to the excused absence policy.  Note: Cutting classes and leaving school grounds (without proper authorization) will be considered an unexcused absence subjecting a student to both the truancy provisions and discipline under the student code of conduct.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

  10. Eighteen Year Old Students:  Students who are eighteen (18) years old are subject to the same rules and regulations as all other students.

11.
Perfect Attendance Awards:  Perkins High School will recognize perfect attendance for those students with no absences or tardies on their record,      with the only exceptions being School Business and Death of an immediate        family member.

Student Drivers are subject to a hearing to deny a student’s driving privileges if that student of compulsory school age has been absent without legitimate excuse for more than 60 consecutive hours during a school month or a total of at least 90 hours  during a school year.


COLLEGE DAY VISITATION/MILITARY VISITATION REQUEST.

  1. A College Day Request/Military Day Request form must be obtained by the student.  This form must be signed by all of the student's teachers indicating that arrangements have been made for make-up work.
  2. This form must be approved by and returned to the office prior to the College Day/Military Day requested in order for it to be eligible for an excused absence.
  3. A signed statement on college stationery from an admissions representative of the campus visited or a signed statement on military stationary from the local or district recruiter visited must be turned in to the office.

 

TRUANCY

The Perkins Local School District endeavors to reduce truancy through cooperation with parents, diligence in investigating the causes of absence and use of strict guidelines in regard to tardiness and unexcused absence.

When the School determines that a student has been truant and that the parent, guardian or other person having care of a child has failed to ensure the child’s attendance at school, State law authorizes the School to require the parent to attend a specified educational program.

This program has been established according to the rules adopted by the State Board of Education for the purpose of encouraging parental involvement in compelling the child’s attendance at school.

On the request of the Superintendent, or when it comes to the attention of the school attendance officer or other appropriate officer of the District, the designated officer must investigate any case of supposed truancy within the District and must warn the child, if found truant, and the child’s parent in writing of the legal consequences of being a “habitual” truant.

 A “habitual truant” is any child of compulsory school age who is absent without a legitimate excuse for 30 or more consecutive hours, 42 or more hours in one month or 72 or more hours in a school year.

 The parent is required to have the child attend school immediately after notification.  If the parent fails to get the child to attend school, the attendance officer or other appropriate officer, if directed by the Superintendent or the Board, must send notice requiring the child’s parent to attend a parental education program.

Regarding “habitual truants,” the Board must take as an intervention strategy any appropriate action contained in Board policy.

The Board directs the administration to develop intervention strategies that include all of the following actions if applicable:

  1. providing a truancy intervention plan meeting State law requirements for any student who is excessively absent from school;
  2. providing counseling for a habitual truant;
  3. requesting or requiring a parent having control of a habitual truant to attend parental involvement programs;
  4. requesting or requiring a parent of a habitual truant to attend truancy prevention mediation programs;
  5. notification to the registrar of motor vehicles or
  6. taking appropriate legal action.

The attendance officer provides notice to the parent of a student who is absent without excuse for 38 or more hours in one school month or 65 or more hours in a school year within seven days after the date of the absence triggering the notice.  At the time of notice, the District may take any appropriate action as outlined in this policy as an intervention strategy.
 

Absence Intervention Plan

Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, when a student’s absences surpass the threshold for a habitual truant, the principal or the Superintendent assigns the student to an absence intervention team within 10 days of the triggering event.  The absence intervention team must be must be developed within seven school days of the triggering event and is based on the needs of the individual student.  The team must include a representative from the student’s school or District, a representative from the student’s school or District who knows the student and the student’s parent or their designee, and also may include a school psychologist, counselor, social worker or representative of an agency designed to assist students and their families in reducing absences.  During the seven days while developing the team, the Superintendent or principal makes at least three meaningful, good faith attempts to secure participation of the student’s parent.  If the student’s parent is unresponsive the District investigates whether the failure to respond triggers mandatory reporting to the appropriate children’s services agency and instructs the absence team to develop the intervention plan without the parent.

Within 14 school days after a student is assigned to a team, the team develops a student specific intervention plan to work to reduce or eliminate further absences.  The plan includes, at minimum a statement the District will file a complaint in juvenile court not later than 61 days after the date the plan is implemented if the student refuses to participate or fails to make satisfactory progress.  The District makes reasonable efforts to provide the student’s parent with written notice of the plan within seven days of development.

The absence intervention plan for a student may include contacting the juvenile court to have a student informally enrolled in an alternative to adjudication.  The Board directs the Superintendent to develop written procedures regarding the use of and selection process for offering these alternatives to ensure fairness.

If the student becomes habitually truant within 21 school days prior to the last day of instruction of a school year, the District may either assign a school official to work with the student’s parent to develop an intervention plan during the summer and implement the plan no later than seven days prior to the first day of instruction of the next school year, or reconvene the absence intervention process on the first day of instruction of the next school year. 

Filing a Complaint with Juvenile Court

Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, the attendance officer must file a complaint against the student in juvenile court on the 61st day after implementation of the absence intervention plan when:

  1. the student’s absences have surpassed the threshold for a habitual truant;
  2. the District has made meaningful attempts to re-engage the student through the absence intervention plan, other intervention strategies and any offered alternatives to adjudication and
  3. the student has refused to participate in or failed to make satisfactory progress on the plan or any offered intervention strategies or alternatives to adjudication as determined by the absence intervention team.

If the 61st day after intervention falls on a day during the summer months, the District may extend the implementation of the plan and delay the filing of the complaint for an additional 30 days after the first day of instruction of the next school year.

Unless the absence intervention team determines the student has made substantial progress on their absence intervention plan, the attendance officer must file a complaint against the student in juvenile court if the student is absent without legitimate excuse for 30 or more consecutive hours or 42 or more hours during a school month at any time during the implementation phase of the intervention plan or other intervention strategy.

Summary of Duties Law:

 

Triggering instance

Steps to be taken.

Student is absent (excused or unexcused) for 38 or more hours in one school month or 65 or more hours in one school year.


District or school's new policy must include developing a truancy intervention plan for any student who meets this absence trigger.

District or school must provide written notice to the parent, within seven days of the triggering absence.

District or school may utilize any other intervention strategies contained in the new policy.


Student is absent (unexcused) for 30 or more consecutive hours, 42 or more hours in one school month, or 72 hours in one school year.


District or school must assign the student to an absence intervention team within seven days of the triggering absence.


District or school must make three meaningful, good faith attempts to secure participation of the parent and investigate whether a failure to participate warrants a report to child protective services.


Within 14 days of assignment of a team, the team must develop an absence intervention plan.


Within seven days of the plan's development, the district or school must provide written notice of that plan to the parent.


District or school may contact the court about informal enrollment of the child in an alternative to adjudication.

Student refuses to participate or fails to make satisfactory progress on absence intervention plan.

Attendance officer must file a complaint in the juvenile court not later than 61 days after plan implementation.



Application for Waiver of Compulsory Attendance