Attendance

Disclaimer: This handbook is not intended to create a contractual relationship with the student; rather, it is intended to describe the school, its current practices, procedures, rules, and regulations (or code of conduct).  Membership or participation in a school-sanctioned activity is a privilege and not a property right.

Attendance Philosophy
There is a close relationship between student attendance and academic success. When a student is absent from school, valuable information – some of which can never be made up - is missed. Illinois State Law requires children between the ages of 7 and 17 to attend school regularly. School personnel and parents must work together to ensure that students attend school on a regular basis.

The following guidelines will be followed to encourage students to attend school regularly. The guidelines are intended to maintain an open line of communication between the school and parents of students who are absent from school.

Reporting Absences
By phone: Parents/guardians must call the school prior to 9:00 a.m. to report their child's absence. Parents/guardians may report school absences on the school answering machine after 4:00 p.m. and before 7:30 a.m. Parents need to report absences EACH day a child is absence and include the following information.
.       Student's name and grade
.       Parent's/guardian's name
.       Reason for absence

Classification of Absences
Excused absences
In order for an absence to be excused, parents/guardians must make either written or verbal contact with the school office using the procedures listed above in "Reporting absences." Twelve days of parent/guardian excused absences are allowed during the school year. Doctor excused absences will not be deducted from the twelve parent/guardian excused absences allowed. Unexcused absences will be deducted from the student's twelve excused absences allowed.

The following are examples of excused absences:

1. Verified medical or dental appointment- written verification includes appointment time, departure time from medical or dental office, and doctor's or dentist's signature; student is excused for the time of the appointment.
2.  Death in the immediate family 
3.  School-sponsored trips or events
4.   Student illness reported by parent/guardian by procedures listed above; may not exceed twelve days per year
5.   Doctor-excused illness with a list of specific days in which student is to be excused.
6.   Court appearance
7.   Observance of a religious holiday
8.   Absence due to extenuating circumstances when approved by building principal.

Vacations - Parents are strongly encouraged to take vacations during the regularly scheduled school vacation time! It is not possible to totally re-create missed lessons and activities To be considered an excused absence notification must be in writing and submitted at least 7 days in advance of the planned trip.

 

Unexcused Absences
An unexcused absence is any absence from school with parental knowledge and/or approval, but not acceptable to the school administration. All unexcused absences will result in the student receiving a zero for each class missed; and, additional disciplinary action may be taken. Also, any absence that exceeds the allowed 12 excused absences is considered unexcused. 
The following are examples of unexcused absences:
1.      Skipping school
2.      Oversleeping
3.      Car trouble
4.      Suspension from school
5.      Parental tardiness
6.      Staying home to care for younger children
7.      Visiting friends 
8.      Minor aches and pains or feeling tired
9.      Any other reason that was not excused by an administrator
10.    Any absence that exceeds the twelve allowable days and is not excused by a doctor.

Attendance reports will be reviewed at least quarterly. Once a student has missed the sixth day, parents are informed by letter, and concern is shared about their student's attendance. The letter informs parents that, if the student misses 12 enrolled days, a licensed physician's medical excuse will be required for an excused absence the remainder of the year. When a student has missed 12 days for the year, a certified letter stating that, for the remainder of the school year, a licensed physician's medical excuse will be required is mailed to the parents. For a student to have an excused absence, a licensed physician's medical excuse must be presented.

If a student has less than 6 absences during the first semester the initial letter of concern will not be sent until the student reaches their eighth absence during the 3rd quarter or not until their ninth absence during the 4th quarter.