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Compulsory Attendance Notice

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Compulsory Attendance Notice

Regular school attendance is essential for a student to make the most of his or her education, to benefit from teacher-led and school activities, to build each day’s learning on the previous day’s experiences, and to grow as an individual.  Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student’s mastery of instructional materials; therefore, the student and parent should make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences.

Failure to Comply with Compulsory Attendance

Documentation After an Absence (All Grade Levels)

When a student is absent from school, the student, upon arrival or return to school, must bring a note signed by the parent that describes the reason for the absence.  A note signed by the student, even with the parent’s permission, will not be accepted unless the student is 19 or older or is an emancipated minor under state law.

All student absences must be verified in writing by a parent.  Written verification of the absence must be received by the school attendance office within 48 hours of a student’s return to school.  Documented phone calls will not take the place of a note sent to school by the parents.  A faxed copy of a parent’s note or an email is acceptable.  An email note will only be accepted when received from the parent’s email address on file with the school.  If a note is not received within 48 hours of a student’s return, the absence will remain unexcused.

All notes from parents should include the following:  

• FIRST and LAST name
• Grade & Student ID number (if known)
• Date of Absence
• Reason for Absence
• Parent's Name and Contact Information