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COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS 

Every parent, guardian, or other person having custody or charge of any child age five (5) through seventeen (17) years on or before August 1 of that year who resides, as defined by policy (RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS), within the District shall enroll and send the child to a District school with the following exceptions: 1. The child is enrolled in private or parochial school. 2. The child is being homeschooled and the conditions of policy (4.6 HOME SCHOOLING) have been met. 3. The child will not be age six (6) on or before August 1 of that particular school year and the parent, guardian, or other person having custody or charge of the child elects not to have him/her attend kindergarten.  A kindergarten waiver form prescribed by regulation of the Department of Education must be signed and on file with the District administrative office. 4. The child has received a high school diploma or its equivalent as determined by the State Board of Education. 5. The child is age sixteen (16) or above and is enrolled in a post­secondary vocational­technical institution, a community college, or a two­year or four­year institution of higher education. 6. The child is age sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) and has met the requirements to enroll in an adult education program as defined by A.C.A. § 6­18­201 (b). When a student who is fourteen (14) years or older is no longer in school, the principal shall notify the Department of Finance and Administration, who shall suspend the student’s driver’s license. 

ABSENCES 


If any student Individual Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan conflicts with this policy,
the requirements of the student’s IEP or 504 Plan take precedence.
Education is more than the grades students receive in their courses.  Important as that
is, students’ regular attendance at school is essential to their social and cultural
development and helps prepare them to accept the responsibilities they will face as an
adult.  Interactions with other students and participation in classroom instruction enrich
the educational experience and promote a continuity of instruction which results in
higher student achievement.

Excused Absences

Excused absences are those for which the student was on official school business or
when the absence was due to one of the reasons listed herein.  The student is also
required to bring a written statement to the principal or designee, upon his/her return to
school from the parent or legal guardian stating such reasons.  A written statement
presented for an absence having occurred more than three (3) school days prior to its
presentation will not be accepted.

1. General student illnesses or contagious illnesses that could jeopardize the health
of other students
A maximum of six (6) such days are allowed per semester unless the
conditions(s) causing such absences is of a chronic or recurring nature, is
medically documented and approved by the principal.
2. Death or serious illness in the student’s family
3. Observance of recognized holidays observed by the student’s faith
4. Attendance at an appointment with a government agency
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5. Attendance at a medical appointment
6. Exceptional circumstances with prior approval of the principal; or attendance
director
7. Participation in an FFA, FHA, or 4­H sanctioned activity
8. Participation in the election poll workers program for high school student
9. Absences granted to allow a student to visit his/her parent or legal guardian who
is a member of the military and been called to active duty, is on leave from active
duty, or has returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat support
posting
The number of additional excused absences shall be at the discretion of the
superintendent     or designee.
10.Any other documented reason of one to two days absence deemed to be
appropriate to the   Superintendent and/or designee

Unexcused Absences

Absences not defined above or not having an accompanying note from the parent or
legal guardian, presented in the timeline required by this policy, shall be considered as
unexcused absences.   Student with four (4) unexcused absences in a course in a
semester may not receive credit for that course.  At the discretion of the principal after
consultation with persons having knowledge of the circumstances of the unexcused
absences, the student may be denied promotion or graduation.  Excessive absences
shall not be a reason for expulsion or dismissal of a student.
When a student has two (2) unexcused absences, his/her parents, guardians, or person
in loco parentis shall be notified.  Notification shall be by telephone by the end of the
school day in which such absence occurred or by regular mail with a return address
sent no later than the following school day.
Whenever a student exceeds 4 unexcused absences in a semester, the District shall
notify the prosecuting authority and the parent, guardian, or persons in loco parentis
shall be subject to a civil penalty as prescribed by law.

It is the Arkansas General Assembly’s intention that students having excessive
absences by given assistance in obtaining credit for their courses. Therefore, at any
time prior to when a student exceeds the number of unexcused absences permitted by
this policy, the student, or his/her parent, guardian, or person in loco parentis may
petition the school or district’s administration for special arrangement to address the
student’s unexcused absences.  If formal arrangements are granted, they shall be
formalized into a written agreement which will include the conditions of the agreement
and the consequences for failing to fulfill the agreement’s requirements.  The agreement
shall be signed by the student, the student’s parent, guardian, or person in loco
parentis, and the school or district administrator or designee.
Students who attend in­school suspension shall not be counted absent for those days.
Days missed due to out­of­school suspension or expulsion shall be unexcused
absences.

The District shall notify the Department of Finance and Administration whenever a
student fourteen (14) years of age or older is no longer in school.   The Department of
Finance and Administration is required to suspend the former student’s operator’s
license unless he/she meets certain requirements specified in the statute.
Applicants for an instruction permit or for a driver’s license by persons less than
eighteen (18) years old on October 1 of any year are required to provide proof of a high
school diploma or enrollment and regular attendance in an adult education program or a
public, private, or parochial school prior to receiving an instruction permit.  To be issued
a driver’s license, a student enrolled in school shall present proof of a “C” average for
the previous semester or similar equivalent grading period for which grades are
reported as part of the student’s permanent record.

TARDIES

When a student has received three (3) tardies to school, they will receive one day of
morning detention.  Each tardy after the 3rd, will result in an additional day of morning
detention.  If excessive tardiness occurs, the student has the possibility of receiving
after-school detention or in­school suspension. All tardies will be removed at the end of
each nine weeks period.
Each student who is sent to the office during the school day as tardy will receive
discipline at the discretion of the administration. Whether the student is sent to the office
is at the discretion of the teacher. Tardy is defined as failure to be inside the classroom
prior to the second bell.
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