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JB - Attendance

Daily attendance records shall be maintained for each student in each school. The primary responsibility for recording attendance shall be assigned to teachers using forms prescribed by the superintendent. A cumulative attendance record for each student shall also be maintained.
Attendance problems shall be reported to the board as necessary.
Approved: 05/2016

K-8 Attendance Policy 
Each regularly enrolled pupil at Goddard USD 265, grade K-8, shall attend school in accordance with the compulsory school attendance law. Absences, which accompany valid excuses (see JBD), will be excused. An absence is unexcused without a valid excuse. The principal or their assistant principal(s) shall be responsible for determining the validity of offered excuses for absence from school. Unexcused absences may result in disciplinary action appropriate to each grade level, which includes, but is not limited to, detention, in-school suspension, or Saturday School. Unexcused absences may also result in a student being reported to appropriate authorities. Students with excessive absences may be required to provide additional documentation. 

The following are deemed as valid excuses within the limits of the attendance policy: personal illness, death in the family, doctor or dental appointments, court proceedings, religious observances, school activities and other absences which are deemed necessary by the parents and approved in advance by the administration. 

Administrators will communicate with parents to insure every effort is made to encourage regular school attendance by all students. Letters will be mailed, per compulsory school attendance law, when students receive three (3) consecutive unexcused absences or five (5) unexcused absences in a semester or seven (7) unexcused absences in a school year. In addition, a letter will be mailed when any students accumulates ten (10) or more absences, excused or unexcused, in one semester.

High School Attendance Policy 

  1. Students should not exceed a total of 8 absences from any class during the course of a single semester. 
  2. Students who exceed the total of 8 absences in any class in a semester would lose credit in that class. The student must continue to attend the class and continue to do all work assigned in the class. 
  3. The student could regain their credit status in the class through attendance at Saturday School sessions. This process will allow students to make up the time they have missed over the maximum (eight) 8 absences. 
  4. An absence from class would not be counted under this policy for the following reasons:
    1. Absences that are documented by a note from a doctor, dentist, or other health professional. 
    2. Absences that are documented due to appearance in court or involvement with another governmental agency. 
    3. Absences that are the result of a student’s involvement in any school related academic, athletic, or activities agency. 
    4. Absences that are due to religious observances or activities 
    5. Absences due to a serious family emergency. Examples of such events include: attendance at a funeral of a family member or a serious family illness. The illness would be that of a parent or could be related to the transportation of parents and siblings to a medical appointment that is documented. 
    6. Absences due to an out-of-school suspension assigned by the administration of the high school. 
    7. Senior students would be allowed a total of 5 days each semester for post secondary educational visits. 
    8. Junior students would be allowed 2 days to visit colleges during the second semester of their junior year. 
  5. Time can only be made up in the Saturday School program. 
  6. The official record of absences will be the one that is kept in the office. Students can only be assigned to the Saturday School program through the administration.

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