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Mary Hedstrom/Attendance
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435-634-1967 Ext. 104
 
SNOW CANYON HIGH SCHOOL ATTENDANCE POLICY
Snow Canyon High School recognizes that regular attendance at school greatly enhances the opportunity for students to profit from the educational programs provided by their teachers. Frequent absences from the day-to-day classroom experience disrupt the instructional process. The benefits of instruction, once lost, cannot entirely be regained. The entire process of education requires continuity of instruction, class participation, learning experience, and study. The “State Compulsory Education Requirements” (Utah Code, Section 53A-11-101) directs parents to have their children attend school until the student reaches the age of 18.

The law allows parents of students enrolled in public schools to excuse their student from school, but only when the student is absent for a “legitimate or valid reason” such as illness or family emergency. Fifth District Juvenile Court has jurisdiction over all juveniles residing in Washington County. It is the expectation of the court that students within its jurisdiction will be in regular attendance at the school in which they are enrolled. In compliance with state law and district policy, Snow Canyon High School has adopted the following attendance policy for the 2009-2010 school year:

TARDY POLICY:
Tardies not only hinder a student's ability to profit from instruction at the beginning of class, but they interrupt the work of the other students who make the effort to be on time. In addition, tardy students are usually in the hallways interrupting other classes and the efforts of other students to be in class on time. Punctual students perform better in school and at work.
1. Tardy: A tardy is defined as reporting to class after the bell to start class has sounded.
2. A tardy can be excused by a parent when an emergency situation results in a student arriving late to school. A student may not be excused for tardiness between classes. An excused tardy  will be removed from the student's attendance record.
3. Each unexcused tardy will accumulate one (1) attendance point under the school uniform tardy policy and will be subject to the individual policy of teachers as outlined in their class disclosure.
4. Willful non-compliance of being in class on time may result in a suspension or referral to an alternative educational program.
5. Excused tardies can impact learning as well. Teachers will include individual classroom policies addressing seat-time in their disclosure statements (i.e. bell work).
 
ABSENCE POLICY:
1. An absence is defined as any time a student is not in attendance in the classroom to which the student has been assigned. Any type of absence whether excused or unexcused will result in the accumulation of two (2) attendance points. (Activity Excused, Medical absence with a Dr.’s note, Educational Leave, or Juvenile Detention will be exempt from receiving attendance points). Parental notification to the school of an exempt absence should be prior to or on the same day as the absence. However, notification will be accepted within two days of the return from absence.
2. Any student who accumulates more than ten (10) attendance points during the quarter in any one class will receive a “No Grade” (NG) for that class and will not receive credit for the class until the appropriate restitution has been completed.
3. For each attendance point after 10
    a. The student must complete 1 hour of restitution.
    b. The NG is restored when the point total is at (or below) 10 points for the class.
    c. The cost of restitution is $5.00 per hour.
    a. For example: a student that has 5 absences and 4 tardies in the same class will have a total of 14 attendance points (5 absences x 2 points  + 4 tardies x 1 point = 14points). This student will need to spend 4 hours in restitution at a cost of $20.00 (4 x $5.00 = $20.00) before the NG will be removed.
 
Truancy
Being truant is an absence where a student is on campus but not in his or her assigned class  during class time or when a student leaves campus without checking out at the office. A student who leaves class without teacher permission is also truant. A student who is marked truant will receive 12 attendance points, which results in an automatic NG and must attend 2.0 hours of restitution in order to restore the NG. This is in addition to any points that the student has already received under the attendance policy.
 
CHECKING OUT OF SCHOOL DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
If a student needs to leave school during school hours, he or she needs to check out through the Attendance Office. A parent must either call the attendance office or the attendance office must call the student’s home to verify the check out. Notes will not be accepted to check a student out of school. If checking out for a doctor or dental appointment, a note from the doctor’s/dental office must be given to the attendance office upon return to school. Students who do not check out properly will be considered truant. It is assumed that if a student is unable to attend school during the day due to illness, he/she is too ill to attend extra-curricular activities the same day. This includes attending games, dances, or other school-related activities. Any student who has an unexcused absence or truancy will not participate in their next extra-curricular activity.
 
PARENT NOTIFICATION
1. The first time a student accumulates eight (8) points or the equivalent in any one class period during a quarter, the parent will be notified by phone or letter. Parents are encouraged to monitor their student's attendance from this notification on, and are invited to call the attendance secretary at the school as often as necessary to help them with this task. No first-time notifications for NG’s earned in other class periods in the same term will be made. This first-time notification procedure will be repeated each term of the school year.  
2. Parents will be notified in writing the first time their student earns an NG. It is the responsibility of the parent from that time on to contact the attendance secretary at the school for information regarding subsequently withheld grades and credit. This procedure will also be repeated each term. Restitution for a grade withheld may begin immediately following notification. In fact, students are encouraged to complete restitution prior to the end of term in which the grade withheld occurred. Restitution classes cannot be attended in advance of notification of an NG. 
3. A parent, teacher, or a school administrator may request a conference to discuss the attendance of a student whom they deem to have an excessive number of absences. The proposed conference would consider steps that might be taken to improve attendance. A request for such a conference would precede a referral to juvenile court for truancy.
 
APPEAL PROCESS:
1. Students, who have received a NG and feel there were mitigating circumstances which should be considered, are invited to complete an Attendance Appeal Form and submit it to the administration for consideration.
2. Students can pick up an Attendance Appeal Form in the office. Requests should be signed by the student and a parent/guardian.
3. Appeals need to be made no later than the end of the quarter following the quarter in which the NG was received.
4. Dissatisfaction with the principal’s decision can be appealed to the Washington County School Board through the Superintendent.
 
SPECIAL ATTENDANCE CONCERNS:
1. Habitual truancy/absenteeism will result in a referral to juvenile court and/or alternative educational program.
2. Willful non-compliance of the attendance policy may result in suspension/expulsion from school.
3. Students who have poor attendance in Released Time will be placed back into regular class.
 
PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH TRUANT BEHAVIOR
Utah State Law requires that every individual under the age of 18 be enrolled in and attending school. Truancy is against the law and is an offense that is prosecuted in Fifth District Juvenile Court. The administration of Snow Canyon High School is accountable to the court to uphold this law. The following policy established by Snow Canyon High School is considered by the court to demonstrate earnest and persistent effort on behalf of the school to deter truant behavior. When a student has demonstrated truant behavior, the following steps will be taken in order to attempt to correct the truant behavior and provide the student with the best, most effective education possible.
 
Attendance - Step I
1. Confidential meeting between student and administration.
2. Truancy policy will be explained to the student/parent
3. The student will be given the opportunity to solve the problem on their own.
 
Attendance - Step II
1. Parent and student will be notified.
2. Truancy policy explained to student/parent, student could be placed on suspension.
3. Parental support will be requested.
 
Attendance - Step III
1. Parent and student will be notified.
2. Student will be place on suspension until a parent conference is held with the administration.
3. Conference held and a negotiated student agreement will be developed.
Attendance - Step IV
1. Parent and student notified.
2. Consequences from previously assigned agreement will be enforced to full extent.
3. Possible student referral to Fifth District Juvenile Court for truant behavior.
Attendance - Step V
1. Parent and student notified.
2. Student referral to Fifth District Juvenile Court for truant behavior.
 
Attendance - Step VI
1. Parent and student notified.
2. Student referral to alternative educational placement.