5001 Compulsory Attendance and Excessive Absenteeism

5001 compulsory attendance and excessive absenteeism

Required Attendance
Every person residing in the school district who has legal or actual charge or control of any child who is of mandatory attendance age shall cause that child to attend a public or private school regularly unless the child has graduated from high school or has been allowed to disenroll pursuant to this policy.

Mandatory Attendance Age
All children who are or will turn six years old before January 1 of the current school year are of mandatory attendance age. Children who have not turned eighteen years of age are of mandatory attendance age.

A child who will not reach age 7 before January 1 of the current school year may be excused from mandatory attendance if the child’s parent or guardian completes an affidavit affirming that alternative educational arrangements have been made for the child. A copy of the required affidavit is attached to this policy.

Discontinuing Enrollment – 5 Year Old Students
The person seeking to discontinue the enrollment of a student who will not reach six years of age prior to January 1 of the current school year shall submit a signed, written request to the superintendent using the form which is attached to this policy. The school district may request written verification or documentation that the person signing the form has legal or actual charge or control of the student. The school district shall discontinue the enrollment of any student who satisfies these requirements. Any student whose enrollment is discontinued under this subsection shall not be eligible to reenroll in this school district until the beginning of the following school year unless otherwise required by law.

Discontinuing Enrollment – 16 and 17 Year Old Students
Only children who are at least 16 years of age may be disenrolled from the district. The person seeking to discontinue the child’s enrollment shall submit a signed, written request and submit it to the superintendent using the form which is attached to this policy. The district will follow the procedures outlined on the attached form in considering requests to disenroll.

Only children disenrolling to attend a non-accredited school may be exempt from this policy. The person with legal or actual charge or control of the child must provide the superintendent with a copy of the signed request submitted to the State Department of Education for attending non-accredited schools. The superintendent may confirm the validity of the submission with the State Department of Education.

Attendance Officer
Each building principal is designated as an attendance officer for the district. Each building principal, at his or her discretion, may delegate these responsibilities to any other qualified individual. The attendance officer is responsible for enforcing the provisions of state law relating to compulsory attendance. This responsibility includes but is not limited to filing a report with the county attorney of the county in which a student resides. Compensation for the duties of attendance officer is included in the salary for the superintendent or designee.

Absences*

  1. Students are expected to attend every class, every day.
  2. High School: Students must not acquire more than 10 absences from any course in any given semester in order to earn academic credit for that course for that semester. Mandatory attendance at summer school is required for students who have acquired more than 10 absences in a semester in any course. Students who acquire more than 1 day of absences of mandatory summer school may lose credit for the class and may be referred to the county attorney. Students who face a loss of credit in any given course due to absences may appeal the loss to his/her building principal. The principal shall have discretion in determining the educational placement of a student who has lost credit in a class including, but not limited to, assignment to the class on a non-credit basis or removal from the class with reassignment to a credit recovery program.
  3. Elementary and Middle School: Students must not acquire more than the equivalent of 20 school day absences in a school year. Mandatory attendance at summer school is required for students who have acquired more than the equivalent of 20 school day absences in a school year. Students who acquire more than the equivalent of 3 school day absences in mandatory summer school may be referred to the county attorney. Students may appeal assignment to mandatory summer school to his/her building principal.
  4. Students in grades K-12 who are absent for 10 or more consecutive days will be dropped from the district’s enrollment. If they should subsequently return, they will be required to re-enroll. Unless a student provides evidence s/he had been enrolled in another school district during the period of absence or was otherwise excused from attendance at LPS, her/his absences up to the time of re- enrollment will be counted in the determination of loss of academic credit (if applicable), assignment to mandatory summer school, and compliance with compulsory attendance laws.
  5. Interventions to Reduce Absenteeism
    • 1st-4th absences: The parent/guardian will be contacted.
    • 5th absence: The parent/guardian will be contacted and the student will meet with his/her counselor and/or a member of the administration to discuss the reasons behind the student’s absence(s) and possible solutions.
    • An attendance hearing may be required at the discretion of the principal at any time. At a hearing, the parent, student, school official, and hearing officer will develop a collaborative plan to reduce barriers to regular attendance (form attached to this policy).
    • The county attorney will be contacted by an administrator or hearing officer after the 10th absence in a semester for possible violation of compulsory attendance laws.
  6. *Absences caused by the following circumstances shall not be counted against a student:
    • when a licensed health care provider (including a school nurse) has confirmed in writing that, in his/her professional medical opinion and within his/her scope of practice, the student or a child whom the student is parenting is so physically or mentally ill that attendance is impracticable or impossible
    • due to weather conditions that have made the roads impassable so that the student's attendance is impracticable or impossible;
    • student attendance at a school-sponsored activity including school- sponsored college visits;
    • student has been suspended or expelled from school by the school district; and
    • an absence caused by and required of law enforcement, child protective services or a court of competent jurisdiction, confirmed in writing to the school district.
    • up to two college visits (one day each) when accompanied by a parent or guardian; additional visits may be allowed at the discretion of the principal.
  7. Upon return from every absence or partial-day absence, students shall confer with their teachers about missed classwork. Please see student/parent handbooks for additional information on making up assignments.

Adopted on: July 14, 2014
Revised on: May 11, 2015
Reviewed on: September 12, 2016
Revised on: July 10, 2017