The following reasons constitute legal absences from school:
- Quarantine directed by a county or city health officer
- Having medical, dental, or optometry services rendered
- Attending funeral services of a member of the pupil’s immediate family (CAC Title 5 - 420)
Any absence that is not a legal absence or is not approved by school authorities is not excused.
Clearing Absences _
When a student is absent from school, a written excuse from a parent or guardian must be brought to the school and presented to the Attendance Office or the parent or guardian may call the Attendance Office. The excuse must state the reason for and date(s) of absence(s). The full name of the student and parent should be spelled out when reporting to the Attendance Office. All written excuses and phone excuses are recorded and filed and held for audit by the State. All absences must be cleared within five (5) school days after student has returned or absence dayswill be permanently recorded as unexcused.
Truancy is defined as an unexcused absence from one or more classes without parent or guardian knowledge. Disciplinary action will result up to and including a SART meeting and/or referral to Youth Services.
Make-Up Work _
- All work must be promptly made up after an absence.
- If a student is truant from school, the teacher is not obligated to permit him/her to make up any work, but the final decision is up to the teacher.
- A student who misses because of illness, authorized extracurricular activity, and suspension must be given an opportunity to make up work— usually one day is allowed for each day absent.
- It is definitely the responsibility of the student to take the initiative to ask the teacher to secure make-up work. It is NOT up to the teacher to keep after a student because of the student’s absence. Students who are ill for more than five days may request assignments by calling the Counseling Office. Please allow at least 48 hours for the teachers to be contacted and then to respond. A parent or friend may pick up the assignments from the receptionist in the Administration Office.