To receive credit in a class, a student must attend at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered. A student who attends at least 75 percent but fewer than 90 percent of the days the class is offered may receive credit for the class if he or she completes a plan, approved by the principal, which allows the student to fulfill the instructional requirements for the class. If a student is involved in a criminal or juvenile court proceeding, the approval of the judge presiding over the case will also be required before the student receives credit for the class.
If a student attends less than 75 percent of the days a class is offered or has not completed a plan approved by the principal, then the student will be referred to the attendance review committee to determine whether there are extenuating circumstances for the absences and how the student can regain credit, if appropriate. See policies at FEC.
To receive credit in a class, a student must attend at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered. A student who attends fewer than 90 percent of the days the class is offered will be referred to the attendance review committee to determine whether there are extenuating circumstances for the absences and how the student can regain credit, if appropriate.
In determining whether there were extenuating circumstances for the absences, the attendance committee will use these guidelines:
- All absences will be considered in determining whether a student has attended the required percentage of days. If makeup work is completed, absences for religious holy days and documented health care appointments will be considered days of attendance for this purpose.See policies at FEC LOCAL.
- A transfer or migrant student begins to accumulate absences only after he or she has enrolled in the district. For a student transferring into the district after school begins, including a migrant student, only those absences after enrollment will be considered.
- In reaching a decision about a student's absences, the committee will attempt to ensure that it is in the best interest of the student.
- The committee will consider the acceptability and authenticity of documented reasons for the student's absences.
- The committee will consider whether the absences were for reasons over which the student or the student's parent could exercise any control.
- The committee will consider the extent to which the student has completed all assignments, mastered the essential knowledge and skills, and maintained passing grades in the course or subject.
- The student or parent will be given an opportunity to present any information to the committee about the absences and to talk about ways to earn or regain credit.
The student or parent may appeal the committee's decision to the board of trustees by filing a written request with the superintendent in accordance with policy FNG (LOCAL).
The actual number of days a student must attend in order to receive credit will depend on whether the class is for a full semester or for a full year.
Students must be in attendance 90 percent of the days a class is offered in order to receive credit for the course for the semester. This equals approximately nine absences per class per semester. On the tenth absence, whether excused or unexcused, students will be expected to attend attendance school to make up for the day(s) missed. If no attempt is made to make up these days, academic credit for the class may be denied. The attendance school schedule will be posted toward the end of each semester.
Check In Procedure
School attendance and punctuality is the responsibility of the parents and pupils. A first period tardy is treated just like a tardy for all other classes with the exception that students must sign in with the Attendance Clerk upon arrival to the campus.
Students are counted tardy from 7:31 a.m. - 7:59 a.m. Students arriving on campus after
8 a.m. will receive a partial day absence.
Students are tardy if they arrive in class after the tardy bell. They are considered absent if they arrive 15 minutes or more after the tardy bell.
Admission to Classes
Teachers are instructed not to allow a student into class unless he/she has an official admit or tardy pass. The student will obtain a tardy pass each period after the tardy bell rings.
Consequences for Tardies
Tardy violations shall result in Thursday school, which is mandatory and must be served on the date assigned. Failure to attend an administrative detention or Thursday School will result in another disciplinary consequence.
Release of Students From School
Because class time is important, doctor's appointments should be scheduled, if possible, at times when the student will not miss instructional time.
A student who will need to leave school during the day must bring a note from his or her parent that morning and follow the campus sign-out procedures before leaving the campus. Otherwise, a student will not be released from school at times other than at the end of the school day. Unless the principal or designee has granted approval because of extenuating circumstances, a student will not regularly be released before the end of the instructional day.
If a student becomes ill during the school day, the student should receive permission from the teacher before reporting to the school nurse. The nurse will decide whether or not the student should be sent home and will notify the student's parent.
Parent’s Note After an Absence
When a student must be absent from school, the student—upon returning to school—must bring a note within three days of the absence, signed by the parent that describes the reason for the absence. A note signed by the student, even with the parent's permission, will not be accepted unless the student is 18 or older. Anytime documentation is not received in the attendance office, after an absence, the absence will be recorded as unexcused.
Attendance Notes In Family Access
Parents may enter an attendance note in their Skyward Family Access account for a student for any absence. This note can take the place of a handwritten note for any absence. The attendance office at each campus will determine if the absence is excused based upon the information received. Doctor notes must still be sent in person, by fax or email to the attendance staff.
Attendance absence requests in Skyward Family Access are found under the Attendance tab for each student. The parent will then choose the Enter Absence Request button and enter all required information. An email is sent both to the parent and the attendance office with the request and is processed within 48 hours of receipt.
Doctor’s Note After an Absence for Illness
Upon return to school, a student absent for more than five consecutive days because of a personal illness must bring a statement from a doctor or health clinic verifying the illness or condition that caused the student's extended absence from school within three days of the last day of the absence. See FEC (LOCAL).
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