Kingsville High School A+ Program

Al West A+ Coordinator at awest
@kingsville.k12.mo.us                                        Angie Collens A+ Secretary at acollens@kingsville.k12.mo.us



A+ Administrative Rule Updated

In September, the Missouri Department of Higher Education began the process to amend the administrative rule for the A+ Scholarship (6 CSR 10-2.190). The six amendments resulted from statutory changes made during the 2016 legislative session, questions posed by members of the A+ community that required regulatory guidance to ensure consistent program administration, and the need for policy clarification. The rulemaking process is now complete and the amendments became effective March 30, 2017.

Two of the six amendments stem from the enactment of Senate Bill 638 (2016):

·         Addition of the definition of an A+ Designated High School as one that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has determined meets the designation requirements and has been approved by the State Board of Education. This change reflects the expansion of the A+ Scholarship Program to include non-public high schools.

·         Expansion of the good citizenship requirement to include consideration of a student’s participation in the Constitution Project of Missouri.

Another two amendments resulted from questions posed by the A+ community:

·         Addition of the definition of an eligible program as one that leads to a certificate or degree, and meets the federal Title IV financial aid requirements or is a prerequisite for a program meeting the federal requirements.

·         Clarification of the definition of Federal Sources of Funding to exclude campus based aid. As a result of this amendment, the A+ award does not have to be reduced by any campus-based aid a student receives regardless of the source of the funds. However, it still must be reduced by other aid the federal government makes directly available to the student, primarily the Pell grant.

The final two amendments clarified or codified existing policy:

·         Direct incorporation of all statutory high school eligibility criteria into the administrative rule. Previously, some of the statutory criteria were directly incorporated while others were incorporated only by reference to the statute. This change also codifies MDHE’s guidance that to meet the statutory three-year attendance requirement, a student’s enrollment at all A+ designated high schools attended during the three-year period immediately prior to graduation must total a minimum of 80% of the instructional days required by the high school. Interruptions in enrollment, either consecutive or concurrent, may cumulatively total no more than 20 percent of the instructional days in the three-year period immediately prior to graduation.

·         Addition of MDHE’s standard disbursement and delivery policy, which specifies awards will be sent to the institution to be delivered to the student’s account, and the institution will retain the portion owed for expenses and promptly give the student any remaining funds.

As a reminder, the rulemaking process for these amendments began shortly after other changes became effective on July 31, 2016. Those amendments, which were summarized in a message dated Aug. 1, 2016, included:

·         Amendment of the definition of Full-Time Student to specify if the institution has a higher threshold for full-time enrollment than the 12 hours (6 for summer) provided in the rule, the student must meet the institutional definition.

·         Addition of the definition of Positive Net Disbursement, which results when a student’s disbursement(s) less returned funds for a term is greater than zero. This definition was needed because the completion requirement (see next bullet) only applies to students with a positive net disbursement.

·         Addition of the requirement that all students complete a minimum of 12 hours for the fall or spring terms, or 6 hours for summer, to be eligible for the next term. Students enrolled in clock hour programs must complete 90% of the clock hours required for the federal payment period.

·         Addition of the requirement that initial students have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average at the end of the fall semester to be eligible for spring.

·         Revision of the citizenship requirement to specify a student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to qualify. This change resulted from the enactment of Senate Bill 224 (2015).

·         Clarification that the 50 hour tutoring/mentoring requirement must be completed prior to graduation, except a high school’s policy may allow students to complete the requirement up to six months beyond graduation in exceptional circumstances reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

·         Amendment of the Algebra I end-of-course exam policy to remove references to specific exams, providing MDHE flexibility in setting the acceptable alternatives for students who do not score proficient or advanced on the Algebra I EOC.

·         Clarification that good citizenship must be maintained in grades 9-12 to meet the requirement that the student maintain a record of good citizenship and avoidance of the unlawful use of drugs and/or alcohol.

 

The amended A+ Scholarship administrative rule (6 CSR 10-2.190 on page 24), with all of the changes listed above, is located on the Secretary of State’s website. If you have any questions about any of these amendments, please contact:

Connie Bestgen, financial aid specialist

800-473-6757, option 4, 573-751-1772, or connie.bestgen@dhe.mo.gov

A+ Alternative to the Algebra I EOC Requirement for 2018 Seniors

Each spring, during A+ students’ junior year, the Missouri Department of Higher Education announces the alternative(s) available for those who do not achieve a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I end-of-course exam. This announcement allows the juniors sufficient time to establish eligibility before graduation. In keeping with this policy, this message provides information about the Algebra I EOC alternative for the 2017 juniors in the graduating class of 2018.

The 2018 high school seniors who do not achieve a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I EOC, or a higher level math EOC approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, must have a combined ACT math score and high school GPA in accordance with the following scale:

 

ACT Math Score

 

High School GPA

17 or greater

and

2.5 or greater

16

and

2.8 or greater

15

and

3.0 or greater

 

This scale reflects placement practices in use by some institutions. It also recognizes that student success may be predicted by more than a single test score.

Although the COMPASS exam has historically been an alternative to the Algebra I EOC requirement, that exam is not an option for the 2018 seniors as a result of ACT’s complete phase-out of the exam in November 2016. Since it is extremely difficult to accurately equate a placement exam score with a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I EOC, the COMPASS exam will not be replaced with other placement exams, such as Accuplacer, as an alternative to the A+ Algebra I EOC requirement. As a result, the ACT math/high school GPA scale is the only alternative to the Algebra I EOC requirement available to the 2018 seniors. In addition, it is the only path to eligibility for the majority of private high school students who do not have access to the state’s end-of-course exams.

The scale only applies to students who do not have a qualifying score on the Algebra I EOC, or a higher level math EOC approved by DESE. This means students who have achieved a qualifying EOC score are not required to meet the alternative scale’s criteria, although they still must meet the program’s requisite minimum 2.5 GPA. This includes private high school students that transferred from a public high school after receiving a qualifying score on the Algebra I, or a higher level math, EOC.

The Algebra I EOC alternatives available for the 2017 seniors are available on MDHE’s website, which has also been updated with the information above for the 2018 seniors. The alternative(s) for the 2019 seniors will be announced in spring 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Connie Bestgen, financial aid specialist

800-473-6757, option 4, 573-751-1772, or connie.bestgen@dhe.mo.gov

 

Amy Haller, financial aid specialist

573-526-7958 or amy.haller@dhe.mo.gov

 

Kelli Reed, student assistance associate

573-751-2444 or kelli.reed@dhe.mo.gov


Volunteer now for upcoming FAFSA Frenzy events

 

Are you interested in helping students overcome barriers to accessing higher education? Are you a financial aid officer, high school counselor, or college access professional with knowledge of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid? The Journey to College list of participating schools and organizations is available, and now is the time to volunteer to assist students in completing the 2017-18 FAFSA.

 

As you know, the 2017-18 FAFSA is scheduled to be available as early as Oct. 1. Missouri’s FAFSA Frenzy events are scheduled between Oct. 1 and Jan. 31, 2017; the main statewide event date is Sunday, Nov. 13. With events scheduled in 47 Missouri counties, there are plenty of opportunities to assist students at a location and date/time that are convenient for you.

 

You do not have to be a FAFSA expert to volunteer. Sites need volunteers to assist with registration tables, setting up or cleaning up before or after an event, assisting with childcare for any attendees who have younger children, among other duties.

 

If you are able to donate your time and expertise at one of the upcoming FAFSA Frenzy events, please complete the volunteer registration form by visiting https://surveys.mo.gov/index.php/638975. If you have any questions about FAFSA Frenzy or the volunteer registration form, you may contact journeytocollege@dhe.mo.gov.


Proposed Amendments to the A+ Scholarship Program Administrative Rule

On Aug. 1, 2016, the Missouri Department of Higher Education notified the A+ community of changes to the A+ administrative rule (6 CSR 10-2.190) that became effective July 31, 2016. As indicated in that notification, while the July 31 amendments were moving through the rulemaking process additional issues arose that require clarification to ensure consistent program administration. This message summarizes the proposed amendments and requests input from the A+ community before they are submitted to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education for approval on Sept. 8, 2016.

Following is a brief summary of the amendments. Where numbering has changed, the citations following the summary reference the amended numbering. In addition, references to rule citations that occur throughout the rule will be updated once all comments have been considered and the final document is prepared for the CBHE’s review. The amendments:

·         Define an A+ designated school [subsection (1)(B)]. This amendment is in response to the statutory change passed in the 2016 legislative session that expands the A+ Program to non-public high schools.

 

·         Define an eligible program to clarify that students must be working toward a certificate or degree, and programs must meet federal Title IV eligibility requirements [subsection (1)(H)]. Related changes can be found in sections (2) – (4).

 

·         Clarify the exclusion of campus-based aid in the definition of Other Federal Aid, which affects the award calculation [subsection (1)(I)].

 

·         Clarify the statutory three-year attendance requirement by incorporating MDHE’s guidance that students must be enrolled in an A+ designated high school for a minimum of 80% of instructional days in the three years immediately preceding graduation. [paragraph (3)(A)1.] 

 

This amendment also includes removal of the reference to the eligibility requirements found in subsection 7 of section 160.545, RSMo. With the addition of paragraphs (3)(A)1. and (3)(A)2., all statutory high school eligibility criteria would be explicitly stated in the administrative rule.

 

On a related note, the proposed legislation that would have removed the word “immediately” from the statutory three-year attendance requirement was not enacted by the General Assembly.

 

·         Allow an A+ designated high school to specify in its A+ policy that participation in the Constitution Project of Missouri may be included in a student’s record of good citizenship [paragraph (3)(A)9.]

 

·         Add the MDHE’s standard disbursement/delivery policy for consistency throughout the administrative rules for all of our state aid programs [subsection (4)(T)].

Comments received by Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 will be included in the materials presented to the CBHE. Please submit any comments to Kelli Reed, student assistance associate, at kelli.reed@dhe.mo.gov. Questions may be directed to Ms. Reed at this email address or by calling (573) 751-2444.

Upon the CBHE’s approval of the proposed amendments, MDHE will begin the rulemaking process with the Secretary of State. It typically takes about six months for proposed amendments to become effective. We will keep the A+ community apprised of the status of the amendments at key points in the rulemaking process.

2016-2017 A+ Tuition Reimbursement Cap

 

The 2016-2017 A+ reimbursement cap remains unchanged from the 2015-2016 academic year. For the 2016-2017 academic year, A+ reimbursement will be capped at $159.75 per credit hour and $4.30 per clock hour. The caps are based on the 2016-2017 standard per credit hour rate at State Technical College of Missouri. The clock hour conversion is based on the federal credit to clock hour conversion rate of 37.5 clock hours per credit hour, rounded to the nearest ten cents.

 

As a reminder, the determination of whether the reimbursement cap applies should be made after the student’s tuition has been reduced by the non-loan federal aid, primarily the Pell grant. The following steps walk through the cap calculation process.

 

·         Step 1: Calculate the amount of the student’s reimbursement cap. The tuition reimbursement cap is calculated by multiplying the number of credit or clock hours in the payment period by the amount of the cap ($159.75 or $4.30, respectively). General fees are then added to produce the student’s reimbursement cap.

 

·         Step 2: Calculate the standard reimbursement amount. The standard reimbursement calculation is made by adding tuition for the payment period and general fees, then subtracting Pell and other non-loan federal aid. Institutions that choose to handle withdrawn coursework by reducing the award amount for subsequent terms must also subtract the amount the student was ineligible to receive in a previous term due to withdrawn coursework. The result of this calculation is the standard reimbursement amount.

 

·         Step 3: Compare the student’s reimbursement cap to the standard reimbursement amount. If the standard reimbursement amount (Step 2) is less than the student’s reimbursement cap (Step 1), the student is eligible to receive the full standard reimbursement amount. If the standard reimbursement amount is greater than the cap, the student is eligible to receive the amount of the student’s reimbursement cap.

The attached examples outline the cap calculation for both credit hour and clock hour institutions.

 

Institutions with programs affected by the cap may request a waiver of this requirement on a program by program basis. Institutions that have previously received a waiver do not need to submit a new request, unless the waiver period has expired. The written request should be submitted to the commissioner of higher education and include at a minimum:

 

·         Documentation of the program’s high demand by students and employers,

·         Data on recent program outcomes (graduation rate, placement rate, licensure rate, etc.), and

·         Justification for the program’s cost above the cap, particularly in relation to comparable programs offered at community colleges and other types of A+ participating institutions in your area.

If you have any questions, please contact:

 

Connie Bestgen, financial aid specialist

800-473-6757, option 4, 573-751-1772, or connie.bestgen@dhe.mo.gov

 

Amy Haller, financial aid specialist

573-526-7958 or amy.haller@dhe.mo.gov

 

Kelli Reed, student assistance associate

573-751-2444 or kelli.reed@dhe.mo.gov

Eligibility

To be eligible for the financial incentives of the A+ Program, a student must be certified as an A+ student by the Kingsville High School.  To qualify for certification, the student must meet the following criteria:

 · Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or lawfully present in the U.S.

 · Enter into a written agreement with your high school prior to graduation.

 · Attend a designated A+ high school for 3 consecutive years immediately prior to graduation.

 · Graduate with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

 · Have at least a 95% attendance record overall for grades 9-12.

 · Perform at least 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring, of which up to 25% may include job shadowing.

 · Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use of drugs and/or alcohol.

 · Beginning with the high school senior class of 2015, have achieved a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I end of course exam.

Tutoring/Mentoring

In order to qualify for the A+ financial incentive, students are required to perform at least 50 hours of unpaid, school-based tutoring/mentoring.

 The tutoring/mentoring activities must:

Provide as an ultimate goal, the encouragement to lower grade students to get excited about school, stay in school, and strive for good grades.

 Be a part of an approved program and performed under the direct supervision of a certified employee of the Kingsville School District.

 Tutoring must be performed in one of the public school buildings within the Kingsville School District.

 Tutoring must be performed with Kingsville School District public school students.

 Students may obtain a Tutoring Log sheet from the A+ office. 

 Tutoring time must be documented on the official A+ Tutoring log.  No other record will be accepted.

 Students may tutor during summer school.

 Students may make other special arrangements, as approved individually, the A+ Coordinator.

 Each entry on the tutoring log must be verified by a signature of the supervising teacher.  Unverified time will not be credited.

 Log sheets must be turned in to the A+ Office before the end of the semester, during which tutoring occurred, to be included in the semester report to parents.  It is the student's responsibility to maintain their log record and turn it into the A+ Office in a timely manner.

 Failure to adhere to tutoring guidelines may result in disciplinary action, and/or dismissal from the A+ Program.

 No financial remuneration may be accepted for tutoring/mentoring activities.

Good Faith Effort

A student is required to make a good faith effort to secure all available federal post-secondary student financial assistance funds that do not require repayment.

 · A Parent must complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA summary report must be sent to the community college or public vocational/technical school that the student is planning to attend.  A copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) must be given to the    A+ Coordinator.

 · The FAFSA and information regarding it, is available in the Guidance Office in December.  Parents are encouraged to apply as soon as possible after January 1st, of the graduating year.

* Financial incentive will only be awarded to reimburse the unpaid balance of the cost of tuition, general fees, and (possible) half of the books, after available federal assistance funds have been applied to these costs.  All state funding is contingent  on appropriations by the State Legislature.

 · FAFSA forms are based on a fiscal year July 1-June 30.  Any student interested in attending summer school immediately after graduation must fill out a current fiscal year FAFSA form and a future fiscal year FAFSA form.


Selective Service Registration

Participants who are required by the laws of the United States to register with the Selective Service System, must register, or forfeit their eligibility for the A+ incentives.


Citizenship Requirement

Participation in the A+ School Program is an honor and a unique privilege for Holden High School students. Students pursuing the A+ incentive must maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use of drugs/alcohol. Certification of good citizenship will be based on the official discipline record maintained in the high school office. The assistant principal assigns consequences for infractions of the discipline code, and the administration is responsible for certifying the accuracy of the student’s discipline record.

Disciplinary Probation

Disciplinary probation within the A+ program is used with the understanding that even the best student makes mistakes. Probation is designed to recognize this characteristic in young people. However, receiving the A+ Incentive is an honor and should be treated as such.

Students who are designated A+ should demonstrate distinctive qualities and be role models for other students. Their character and ethics should meet high standards.

A student will be placed on probation for the rest of the semester upon receiving:

· More than one In-School-Suspension referral.

· Any referral for Out-Of-School suspension.

 

If no further incidents occur, the student will be returned to full A+ status at the end of the semester. A student who receives two semesters of probation during their high school career will have their disciplinary record reviewed by the Citizenship Committee for continued probation or possible dismissal from the program.


Removal from the A+ Program

A student may be removed from the A+ Program when:

·  Within the semester while on probation, the student commits another offense that would result in another probationary action.

· After two semesters of probation, a review by the Citizenship Review Committee shows that earlier disciplinary consequences did not positively affect student’s behavior.

In accordance with State A+ rules and regulations, any student disciplined for any infraction involving illegal drugs or alcohol, will immediately be dismissed from the program.

 

A+ Citizenship/Probation Appeal Process

Students and parents/guardians, may appeal an A+ disciplinary decision using the following process:

·  Students and parents/guardians will have 15 calendar days to appeal a decision that is made dealing with discipline or probation using the A+ Citizenship/Probation Appeal Form available from the A+ Coordinator. A sample is included in the back of this handbook.

· The appeal must be made in writing through the A+ Coordinator.

· Within 30 days of receiving a written appeal, the A+ Coordinator will convene the A+ Citizenship/Probation Review Committee. The committee will be composed of a guidance counselor, a principal, two teachers, and one advisory committee member.

· The parent/guardian and student should appear, in person, before the committee.

· The A+ Coordinator will act as a facilitator and a non-voting member of the Citizenship/Probation Review Committee. After the committee reaches a decision, the A+ Coordinator will notify the parents by letter within five calendar days. Decisions of the Review Committee will be considered final.

 

Illegal Drugs/Alcohol

Any involvement with illegal drugs or alcohol (use, manufacture, possession, transport, distribution, or sale) at school, or in the community will result in the immediate, and permanent, removal of the participant from the A+ Program.

· School involvement will have been established when the participant is disciplined for a drug or alcohol related offense.

· Community involvement will have been established when the participant is charged, and pleads no contest, or is found guilty of crimes, that relate to the use, manufacture, possession, transportation, distribution, or sale of a controlled substance, including alcohol.

· The use of prescription medicine is allowed under the Board Policy.

· Students and parents are responsible for understanding and following these guidelines.

 

 

 

  

Student Enrollment in A+

·  Students are encouraged to enroll in the program prior to, or early in their freshman year. This may be done through the student enrollment meeting with the A+ Coordinator.

 · The student must be enrolled in Kingsville High School no later than three weeks after the beginning of the first semester of the student’s sophomore year.

 ·  If a student withdraws, or transfers, from the high school after the beginning of their sophomore year, the student will not be considered eligible for the A+ Program.

 · An A+ Participation Agreement must be completed, with all appropriate signatures, and returned to the A+ office.

 · Anyone requesting A+ enrollment after the beginning of their sophomore year must meet all criteria dating back to the beginning of their freshman year.


Grade Point Requirement

The A+ student must graduate from high school with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 grade scale (grade averages will not be rounded).  The cumulative GPA is applicable to all four years of a student’s enrollment in high school.  The official transcript will document and certify that all GPA requirements have been met.

 

Monitoring of A+ Status

Students who are participating in the A+ program will receive a letter reporting their progress in each of the required areas, at the end of each semester.  Any questions or concerns about the information reported should be directed to the A+ Coordinator.

 

Notification of A+ Status

The A+ Coordinator will review all records of A+ students.  The names of eligible students will be submitted to the Principal and Guidance Office for official certification prior to graduation.  Students and parents will be notified and the student’s transcript will reflect A+ status.


Career Paths

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education have set forth six major groups of occupations based on similar types of skills, knowledge, and abilities.  Students are being encouraged to match their interest with a career path and then take courses that will be beneficial in progressing toward a potential job field.  It is not the district’s intention to have each student decide on a specific job at this early age.  We simply hope that this will provide students with a better focus on school, and increase the relevance of school to life after high school

 

Arts and Communications

Occupations related to the humanities, and the performing, visual, literary, and media arts.  These may include architecture, creative writing, film, fine arts, radio, television, and languages.

 

Business, Management, and Technology

Occupations related to the business environment such as sales, marketing, computer/information systems, finance, and management.

 

Health Services

Jobs related to the promotion of health, and the treatment of diseases.  These include research, prevention, and treatment.

 

Human Services

Careers related to economic, political, and social systems, including education, government, the military, religion, child care, and others.

 

Industrial and Engineering Technology

Occupations related to the technologies necessary to design, develop, and maintain physical systems.  These include manufacturing, construction, and related technologies.

 

Natural Resources

Jobs related to agriculture, the environment, and natural resources.  Areas include agriculture sciences, earth sciences, fisheries, forestry, horticulture, and wildlife.

Benefits of Career Pathways for Students

Þ The need for long range planning is a significant factor not only for your success in high school but also for your future.

Þ Career pathways provide a plan for all students, based on their interests, abilities, talents, and desired levels of education. All pathways have equal dignity.

Þ Career pathways provide ALL students with areas of FOCUS, along with FLEXIBILITY and a VARIETY of ideas to pursue as they make decisions regarding course selection.

Þ Career pathways allow students to see the importance in their selected school courses. Thus, students are more apt to do better in school.

Þ Career pathways help parents and other adults provide better assistance to students as they discuss careers and select courses.

 

What are Career Pathways?

ð Career pathways are clusters of occupations grouped together because the people in them have similar interests and strengths.

ð All pathways include a variety of occupations that require different levels of education and training.

ð Career paths help you identify a career focus without being locked into a specific occupation.

 

How can Career Pathways Help You?

Þ Deciding on a career pathway can help you prepare for your future.

Þ The intent is not for you to decide on a specific occupation for the rest of your life, but to select a career pathway into which you can begin directing your energies.

Þ  Identifying a career pathway can help you in selecting school courses, activities, and part-time employment.

Þ It can help guide your participation in workplace readiness programs like job shadowing and career exploration.

 Goals of the A+ Schools Program

The A+ Schools Program is dedicated to the following goals:

· All student will graduate from high school

· All students will complete high school studies that are challenging and have identified learning expectations

· All students will proceed from high school graduation to college, post-secondary vocational, or technical school or a high wage job with opportunities for workplace skill development opportunities.


Student Incentive

Qualified A+ graduates will be eligible to receive the following:

Paid tuition, general fees, and possibly up to fifty percent of the book cost, to attend any public community college, vocational or technical school, in the State of Missouri, for two years. Funding each year is dependent on appropriations from the state legislature.

· The tuition incentives will be available after the student has applied for all available postsecondary student financial aid funds that do not require repayment. Students and parents will complete this requirement by filing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Financial Aid) form available from the counselor’s office or at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

 · The financial incentives from the State of Missouri will only be made available to reimburse the unpaid balance of the cost of tuition, fees, and possibly books, after available federal post-secondary student financial assistance funds have been applied to those costs.

 · Private scholarships will not affect eligibility for A+, nor will they reduce the state’s responsibility to the college or technical school.

 · Students will be eligible to receive financial incentives for two years (including summer for a total of 6 semesters) if they are enrolled as a full-time student (12 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters, and 6 credit hours during the summer), and maintain a 2.5 GPA in the post-secondary setting.

 · Students must complete the two years of full-time enrollment at the community college or public vocational/technical school within four years of graduation from Holden High School.

 Financial need is not a factor in determining eligibility for the A+ Program.

Attendance Requirement       

To be eligible for the A+ School Incentive, a student must have a 95% accumulated attendance record (miss no more than 8 days or 52 hours per year) for all four high school years.  Students are expected to attend school regularly and be on time for classes. Therefore, the student will acquire the habits of punctuality, self-discipline, and responsibility.  A student who does not meet the 95% attendance requirement will not be eligible for the A+ Financial Incentive.

 The following attendance guidelines are required of all A+ students:

You must be a full time student in an A+ designated High School for three (3) consecutive years prior to graduation.  Enrollment in eight (7) classes per semester at KHS will constitute full time enrollment.

A cumulative attendance record will be kept from the beginning of the A+ student’s freshman year until graduation.

Attendance will be calculated on hours missed not days missed.

The official record of attendance is kept in the high school office.  Students attending the Warrensburg Vocational and Technical School will have their attendance reported to the high school office.

Each semester, the A+ office will provide parents, guardians, and students, information that will include the student’s attendance record.

 

Attendance Review Process:

After the semester notification regarding attendance, the student/parent will have 15 calendar days to appeal the student’s attendance record with the A+ Coordinator. If an appeal is not filed within 15 calendar days, a waiver for days missed will not be considered.

Anyone making an appeal should use the A+ Attendance Appeal Form, from the A+ Coordinator.  A sample is included in this handbook.

The A+ Coordinator will convene the Attendance Review Committee within 30 days of receiving notice of an appeal.

An Attendance Review Committee will be composed of a counselor, a principal, and a teacher.  The committee will rotate members regularly and meet at least twice a year.

The A+ Coordinator will act as facilitator and a non-voting member of the Review Committee.  After a decision is made, the A+ Coordinator will notify the parents, by letter, within the five calendar days.  The decisions of the Review Committee will be considered final.

All granted attendance waivers will be on record until the end of the senior year and then manually recalculated to determine eligibility for A+ incentives.

Attendance Waiver Guidelines:

Anyone submitting a request for an A+ attendance waiver of days missed shall provide the A+ Coordinator with the following official documentation:

Reason for Absence

Documentation

Hospitalization

Letter signed by doctor

Chronic health problems

Letter from doctor & School Nurse

Court Dates

Court Letter

Funeral

Principal’s  Letter

Religious Holiday

Minister’s Letter

Exchange Student

Documentation from Agency

Personal or Family calamity

Principal’s  Letter

Catastrophic Illness

(Long term, Homebound Education encouraged

Letter signed by doctor

Waiver request must include al the proper documentation.  Chronic conditions must be verified by the school nurse and physician with a signed letter from the physician.  “Return to School” notes are not acceptable documentation.

No student will receive a waiver if absences are due to any of the following:

Truancy/Skipping classes/Skipping school

Suspension from school for any reason

Personal/family vacation

Transportation problems (unless related to school buses.

 

Attendance Requirements for A+ are not to be confused with general attendance requirements as stated in the KHS Student/Parent Handbook.