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Regular and punctual attendance is vital to deriving maximum success from the instructional program and to developing habits of responsibility, punctuality, and self discipline. It is also a requirement under the laws of Indiana as expressed in the Compulsory Attendance Statute (I.C. 20-33-2). Insuring that students consistently attend class on a daily basis is a responsibility that is shared by students, school officials, parents/guardians, and the general community.

STUDENT ABSENCE FOLLOW-UP

When students are absent, a parent must call the attendance secretary by 8:45 a.m. on the date of the absence. (School begins at 8:00 a.m.) THE 24 HOUR ATTENDANCE PHONE NUMBER IS 665-2186 ext 2991.  The attendance line to the school is open by recording from 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. The attendance secretary will be at school after 8:00 a.m. The items to report when making a phone call to the attendance line include the following:
  1. Name of student.
  2. Grade level of the student.
  3. Specific reason for absence such as illness, doctor appointment, etc.
  4. Name, phone number, and relationship (to student) of person making the call.
Students not having a parental phone call by 8:45 a.m. on the day of absence are considered unexcused or tardy. No notes will be accepted. However, other arrangements may be made if parents do not have access to a phone. Parents should notify the attendance secretary accordingly. Parents not calling in will receive notification and reminders on the first instance. Second and successive instances may result in student disciplinary assignments. Parents who have questions regarding these procedures should contact the school office. VERIFICATION OF STUDENT ABSENCES The school attendance personnel will make a reasonable effort to verify a student’s unexplained absence from school during any part of the day, if any of the following conditions apply:
  1. The student or the student’s parent or guardian had not made prior arrangements for the student to be absent during the time not in attendance.
  2. No other known reason exists for the student to be absent, i.e., late bus arrival, approved late arrival.
  3. The student’s absence from school has not been verified through regular attendance procedures, i.e., no pre-approved absence from class such as a field trip.
  4. Enough time has elapsed that the student should be in attendance at school or in class other than reasons listed in 1 through 3.
When the above conditions apply, the attendance clerk or designee will attempt to contact the student’s parent or guardian by telephone at a daytime number and state why the contact is being made. During the conversation, it should be ascertained as to why the student is not at school. If contact is not made on the first attempt, a second and, if necessary, a third attempt will be made. Contact means actually speaking to the parent or guardian; it does not mean leaving a message on a machine, a beeper, a voice mail system, or a similar device. Leaving a message with an adult person is sufficient when it is apparent that the parent or guardian cannot be contacted personally. Our attendance officer/assistant principal will make personal contacts with parents whenever possible.

VERIFICATION OF STUDENT ABSENCES

The school attendance personnel will make a reasonable effort to verify a student’s unexplained absence from school during any part of the day, if any of the following conditions apply:

  1. The student or the student’s parent or guardian had not made prior arrangements for the student to be absent during the time not in attendance.
  2. No other known reason exists for the student to be absent, i.e., late bus arrival, approved late arrival.
  3. The student’s absence from school has not been verified through regular attendance procedures, i.e., no pre-approved absence from class such as a field trip.
  4. Enough time has elapsed that the student should be in attendance at school or in class other than reasons listed in 1 through 3.
When the above conditions apply, the attendance clerk or designee will attempt to contact the student’s parent or guardian by telephone at a daytime number and state why the contact is being made. During the conversation, it should be ascertained as to why the student is not at school. If contact is not made on the first attempt, a second and, if necessary, a third attempt will be made. Contact means actually speaking to the parent or guardian; it does not mean leaving a message on a machine, a beeper, a voice mail system, or a similar device. Leaving a message with an adult person is sufficient when it is apparent that the parent or guardian cannot be contacted personally. Our attendance officer/assistant principal will make personal contacts with parents whenever possible.

 



Absences which are counted “exempt”:

  1. 1.  Serving as a page in the Indiana General Assembly
  1. 2.  School sponsored events
    1. 3.  Serving at the polls on Election Day with prior approval of the principal;
All other types of absences will count within the 8 day total. Some absences will be categorized “excused” but count within the 8 day total. Short term illness is an example. Other absences may be considered “unexcused” and count within the 8 day total. Oversleeping is an example.

 

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