Code No. 501.3R1
TRUANCY – UNEXCUSED ABSENCES REGULATION
Students are required to be in attendance, pursuant to board policy, unless their absences have been
excused by the principal for illness (absences for three or more consecutive days due to illness require a
doctor’s note), family emergencies, doctor or dental appointment, recognized religious observances and
school sponsored or approved activities. Reasonable excuses may also include family trips or vacations if
the student’s work is finished prior to the trip or vacation. Absences that do not fall within the categories
listed above will be considered unexcused unless approved by the principal. Parents are expected to
telephone the school office to report a student’s absence prior to 9:00 a.m. on the day of the absence.
If a student accumulates 10 unexcused absences in a class, he or she may lose credit for the class.
Prior to imposing the loss of credit in one or more classes, the principal will provide the student an
opportunity for an informal hearing.
School work missed because of absences must be made up within number of days absent plus two class
periods, not to exceed 10 days. The time allowed for make-up work may be extended at the
discretion of the classroom teacher.
Students will remain in class until the principal makes a decision regarding loss or restoration of credit.
Full credit is awarded to all assignments and tests submitted that meet the teacher’s specifications until a
decision regarding credit has been made.
A student who loses credit due to excessive absences is assigned to in-school suspension for the period(s)
in which the course(s) meets or the student may be reassigned to another class or location. A student
who, after a hearing before the board, loses credit in all courses due to unexcused absences, will not be
allowed to participate in any school activities until the following semester. However, the student is
eligible to practice if all other eligibility criteria have been met.
The administration and guidance staff will make reasonable efforts to advise and counsel and may impose
discipline upon any student approaching 7 unexcused absences. Such advice, discipline and
counseling includes, but is not limited to, oral or written notices to the student and his or her parents,
conferences with the student and parents, written contracts, or loss of non-academic privileges such as
extracurricular activities, open campus, late arrival and early dismissal.
Code No. 501.3R1