Attendance

The Board of Education has established the following rules and regulations regarding attendance, absences, and excuses for students. These rules and regulations are intended to comply with Missouri Compulsory Attendance Law, which establishes compulsory attendance for all children between the ages of seven and sixteen unless their education is provided by other acceptable means or otherwise excusable under the law.

ABSENCES

In case of absence, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to notify the school. If the school is not notified on the day of absence, a note form the parent/guardian is requested on the first day of the student's return to school. The office keeps an attendance file on each student with parent contact information.

The following procedures should be followed by students who are absent so as to prevent academic difficulties:

  1. The student shall obtain assignments from appropriate staff members. Assignments shall be obtained in advance if the absence is foreseen.
  2. All assigned work shall be made up according to policy located in the student handbook.
  3. All classroom work (to include tests) shall be completed as indicated by the individual classroom teacher.
  4. When a student is absent, the school will attempt to notify the parents/guardian by phone.

EXCESSIVE ABSENCES

A student shall be allowed eight (8) absences per semester. On the ninth (9) absence, the student may be referred to the Juvenile Office in accordance with the Educational Neglect and Truancy Policy located in the student handbook. Excessive absences have a detrimental effect upon academic progress and may be one factor considered in promotion/retention decisions.

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