Regular attendance is important to a student's educational growth and must be a priority of all
parents. Recently, students’ absenteeism has directly affected the educational progress of some
students so that it was questionable whether they were ready for the next level of instructions.
Therefore, the following procedure has been developed to deal with absenteeism for whatever the
reason may be:
1. Students not physically at school for whatever the reasons (including illness, bereavement,
etc.) will be considered absent.
2. Classifying absence as excused or unexcused will not be in force; absent is absent.
3. Attendance of all elementary students is taken by the hour.
4. Attendance at any time throughout the school day may show as an hour or more depending
on the arrival or departure time.
5. Students who are suspended from school as a disciplinary measure are not to have the
suspension days counted toward their total days of absence under the absence policy;. Make-up work during a suspension is allowed in accordance with the Board policy on Student
Suspension and Expulsion (policy JGD).
6. Missed assignments as appropriate to the individual student must be returned to school on
the following schedule:
a. One (1) day absence -- work returned the day following the student's return to receive
b. Two (2) or more day absence -- work missed the first day must be returned the first
day following the student's return, work for the second missed day must be returned
on the second day following the student's return; work for the third day missed must
be returned on the third day following the student's return, same pattern following for
each day following. Failure to return assignments on schedule will result in no grade
for each day the work is missing.
7. Because absence affects the learning of students and because parents hold the responsibility
of ensuring that students attend school, excessive absences numbering a total of 20 days
(equal to one month of school) may be reported to the Children’s Division (CD) of the
Department of Social Services.
To keep parents informed regarding the student's attendance, the following time schedule
will be followed:
a. Following the tenth day of absence, a first notification will be made.
b. At the fifteenth day of absence, a second notice will be made and a parent conference
c. At the twentieth day of absence notification will be made to the parent and, if the
district reasonably concludes that educational neglect is present, the district may
report the potential for such neglect to the CD.
8. The CD will determine what, if any, follow-up should be made or action taken.
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Note: The reader is encouraged to review policies and/or forms for related information in this
Dunklin R-5 School District, Herculaneum, Missouri
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