The Education Improvement Act of 1984 makes regular school attendance compulsory for all children, ages 5 (on or before September 1) to 16, inclusive. A child may be exempt from kindergarten only if the parent/guardian files the “Form to Elect Non Attendance in Compulsory Kindergarten” with the school in his attendance area.
The law requires that school officials immediately intervene when a student has three consecutive unlawful absences, (this means the parent will receive written notification of the absences). Ten or more days absent from school may jeopardize promotion. Since a child cannot adequately make-up missed instruction, we expect regular attendance.
To be counted present, a student must remain in class until 10:00 a.m. Students may be excused from attendance in school with a doctor’s statement.
- Students who are ill and whose attendance in school would endanger their health or the health of others may be temporarily excused from attendance. Please do not knowingly send a sick child to school.
- Students in whose immediate family there is a death.
- Students who are suspended or sent home for other reasons by the school.
- Students may be excused from attendance in school in accordance with local board policy.
- Students who are willfully absent from school without the knowledge of their parents.
- Students who are absent from school without acceptable cause with the knowledge of their parents.
Frequent tardies or early dismissals constituting absences from the same class or subject does interfere with instruction and may jeopardize promotion to the next grade.