High School: Attendance Appeal Procedures

1. Students are allowed a total of 10 days of unexcused absenteeism per course. Absenteeism for transfer students will be prorated based upon the amount of time remaining in the semester.

2. Although a student is allowed 10 days of excused and unexcused absences, a student with three unexcused absences per semester in a class will automatically lose credit. The student will be scheduled for an appeal hearing with the Attendance Review Board.

3. Teachers are encouraged to discuss with students the consequences of exceeding the 10-day limit following the 5th absence.

4. Teachers must notify the Counseling Office when a student has seven (7) absences in their class. A letter will be sent to students and parents on the 7th absence reminding them of the attendance policy and that credit may be denied.

5. Teachers must notify the Main Office when the student has reached their 11th absence, a notification of loss of credit will be sent to parents and the principal will meet with the student to discuss the loss of credit(s). The following choices will be presented to the student:

· Appeal the decision to the Attendance Review Board.

· Remain in the class and appeal at the end of the semester, provided that the student is passing, reasonable progress is being made in the classroom, and no additional absences will occur during the semester.

· Drop the class and be assigned to a study hall or another acceptable option determined by the school administration.

6. If the appeal is chosen, the principal will determine the date. The student will be advised to meet with the school counselor and to appear with any other advocate he or she may choose. If the student does not come to the appeal, the credit will be automatically denied.

7. If the appeal is denied by the Attendance Review Board, the student may appeal this decision to the Superintendent of Schools. A meeting with school board members will be arranged upon request if the parent/student wish to appeal the superintendent’s decision.

8. Students and parents are strongly encouraged to discuss any unforeseen absences with their teachers and the principal prior to the absence. Planned excused absences are pre-approved absences that allow students to gather advanced assignments from their teachers and to establish a schedule for completing assignments and tests. It is recommended that a student use this process in cases such as scheduled surgery, college visits, religious holidays, family trips, and other extenuating circumstances.

9. The Attendance Review Board will consist of the principal, school counselor, and the student support specialist. The special education teacher will be part of the attendance review board for their assigned students. The Review Board will meet as required and will make one of the following decisions:

1. remain in the class for credit

2. deny credit

3. extend the number of allowable days

4. other consideration as deemed appropriate

Notification of decision will be sent to the student and parents, with copies to the Guidance Director and the teacher of the class.