Documentation of Absence/Tardy

Generally, nine (9) absences from school per school year or five (5) tardies to school per school year for the reasons identified as “Excused Absences” may be documented by a parent/guardian phone call.  Medical notes shall not count against the nine (9) parent/guardian phone calls for absences or five (5) parent/guardian phone calls for tardies. Absences in excess of nine (9) per school year or tardies in excess of five (5) per school year may not be excused by a parent and shall require documentation by the child’s treating physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant – unless an absence is otherwise excused by the principal due to an unusual circumstance.

The foregoing general rule is for the convenience of school officials in the administration of this attendance regulation. This rule does not create an entitlement for a child to be absent from school nine (9) days per school year or tardy to school five (5) days per school year for reasons other than those identified for Excused Absences. Application of this general regulation may be waived by school officials where circumstances indicate that its application does not serve the child’s best interest.  Those circumstances include, but are not limited to, the child’s and/or the child’s siblings’ attendance in the current or prior school years.

In all instances where students/parents/guardians have been adjudicated guilty for truancy-related offenses (habitual/chronic truancy and contributing) and are currently under active supervision or probation, excused absences shall be granted only on the condition of a note from a physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or personally excused from school by the school principal.

Nothing contained in this attendance regulation is intended nor should be construed as restricting the discretion of school officials to make such inquiries and request such verification/ documentation as is reasonably necessary to determine if an absence/tardy is for any of the reasons identified in this regulation as “Excused Absences.”
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