The Board recognizes the importance of regular student attendance to a successful learning
experience. Research supports the fact that attendance is crucial to improving student achievement.
At least one (1) study identified attendance as the single greatest indicator of student achievement.
The Board further recognizes that:
1. Frequent absences of students from regular classroom learning experiences disrupt the
continuity of the instructional process.
2. The benefits of classroom instruction, once lost, cannot be entirely regained.
3. The entire process of education requires a regular continuity of instruction, classroom
participation, learning experiences and study in order to meet the district's student
4. Holding students and their parents/guardians responsible for attendance is part of the
district's larger mission to train students to be productive citizens and employees.
5. State law reflects the importance of regular attendance by establishing compulsory school
attendance and charging this Board to enforce that law.
6. State law authorizes school boards to make all needful rules for organization and government
in the district.
Therefore, regular and punctual patterns of attendance will be expected of each student enrolled in
the St. Charles R-VI School District.
Development of Rules and Procedures
The superintendent, with the assistance of building-level administrators and other administrative and
professional staff, shall establish rules and procedures for student attendance within the district. The
primary purpose of the district's attendance rules and procedures shall be to change behavior, not to
punish students. Such rules and procedures shall be published on the district’s website and in
appropriate handbooks and shall be subject to review by the Board of Education. The administration
will develop rules and procedures that minimally include:
1. Clear and reasonable attendance standards with consistently enforced consequences for
violating those standards.
2. Early intervention strategies for students in primary and elementary grades.
3. Targeted intervention strategies.
4. Strategies to increase engagement with students and families.
In developing these rules and procedures, the administration will collect data to determine why
students are absent. Data collected will include, but not be limited to:
1. Reasons for student absences.
2. Family attitudes toward school attendance.
3. The extent to which frequently absent students feel engaged with the school.
4. The extent to which family members of students who are frequently absent feel engaged in
5. Academic needs of frequently absent students.
6. Nonacademic service needs of frequently absent students.
In response to the data collected, the superintendent or designee will implement one (1) or more of
the following strategies:
1. Academic support programs for students and families.
2. Use of alternative educational methods, such as distance learning and homebound
3. Use of available, appropriate community resources.
4. Staff-Student advisory or mentoring programs designed to increase student engagement with
5. Procedures for student and family contact when students are absent.
No rule or procedure will preclude a student from making up work missed due to any type of
absence, including absences due to suspension. Procedures and rules must include a due process
component that includes notice before consequences are imposed and that allows students and their
parents/guardians to appeal any imposed consequence to the superintendent. The Board will not hear
appeals of consequences for excessive absences.
The district will maintain a comprehensive system of attendance records for each student. Each
teacher is responsible for the accurate reporting of daily attendance in the classroom. The building
principal is responsible for supplying information to parents/guardians about student absences and
for submitting attendance information to the superintendent's office.
The district will contact the Children's Division (CD) of the Department of Social Services or the
local prosecutor in cases where the district has a reasonable suspicion that a student's lack of
attendance constitutes educational neglect on the part of the parents/guardians or that
parents/guardians are in violation of the compulsory attendance law. No such action will be taken
unless other strategies and interventions have been implemented and proven ineffective.
If a student in foster care is absent from school due to a decision by a court or child-placing agency
to change the student's placement or due to a verified court appearance or related court-ordered
activity, the grades and credit of the student will be calculated as of the date the student left school,
and no lowering of the student's grades shall occur as a result of the absence under these
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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section
for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for
Revised: 08/14/2008; 08/12/2010
MSIP Refs: 6.3, 6.5, 7.7, 8.6, 8.7, 9.6
Legal Refs: §§ 167.018 - .019, .031 - .111, 171.011, .053, .151, RSMo.
St. Charles School District, St. Charles, Missouri