Student Attendance

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State law requires the regular school attendance of a child of school age. The parent or guardian is responsible by law for making sure that the child attends school regularly.

Why must my child go to school regularly?

• Having a good education will help to give your child the best possible start in life.
• Attending school every day makes learning easier for your child. If a student misses basic skills in the early years of school, they may have problems later on.
• Employers will want to be sure that the people they are employing are reliable. So children who have not attended school regularly have less chance of getting a good job.
• Young people who are absent from school for no good reason are at risk of crime or abuse. They may also be drawn into anti-social or criminal behavior.

What can I do to help?

• Make sure that your child goes to school regularly and arrives on time.
• Please DO NOT keep your child away from school for:
      • Birthdays
      • Haircuts
      • Babysitting other children
      • Interpreting for other family members
      • Missing the bus
      • Waking up late
• Take an interest in your child’s schoolwork.
• Schedule family vacations during school vacation or intersession periods.
• Try to make children’s appointments with dentists or doctors before or after school or on early release Fridays.

What do I do when my child is absent from school?

State law mandates that the school record all reasons for all student absences. Therefore, when a student is absent, a parent must call the school on or before the day of absence in order to advise the school as to the reason for the absence. All absences not verified will remain unexcused. For absences greater than one day in length, the school should be notified each day of the absence.

DISTRICT ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES

Unauthorized absence from school is considered truancy and will be treated as such. A child with:

• 3 unexcused absences - A staff member confers with student and parent/guardian.
• 5 unexcused absences - Principal sends letter to the address on record warning parent/guardian of possible court proceedings if student’s absences continue. Possible home visit by school staff.
• 9 unexcused absences - A staff member makes a personal contact with parent/guardian.
• 12 unexcused absences - District staff hand-delivers or sends letter to parent/guardian. The parent/guardian and/or student may be issued a citation for violation of Arizona Revised Statute A.R.S. §15-802. A citation would require that the parent/guardian appear in court and consequences may include participation in a Parent Truancy Class and program fees to attend the class. If convicted, it is a Class 3 Misdemeanor punishable by jail time and/or fine.
• 15 unexcused absences - Principal sends letter to the address on record warning parent/guardian of possible court proceedings if student’s absences continue. The parent/guardian and/or student may be issued a citation for violation of Arizona Revised Statute A.R.S. §15-802. A citation would require that the parent/guardian appear in court and consequences may include participation in a Parent Truancy Class and program fees to attend the class. If convicted, it is a Class 3 Misdemeanor punishable by jail time and/or fine.
• 18 unexcused absences - District staff hand-delivers or sends letter to parent/guardian. The parent/guardian and/or student may be issued a citation for violation of Arizona Revised Statute A.R.S. §15-802. A citation would require that the parent/guardian appear in court and consequences may include participation in a Parent Truancy Class and program fees to attend the class. If convicted, it is a Class 3 Misdemeanor punishable by jail time and/or fine.

Additional citations and/or letters may be sent to parents to address attendance. Good attendance is vital for success in school. It is important that parents and the school work together to ensure good attendance.

A child who is habitually truant or who has excessive absences may be adjudicated an incorrigible child as defined in A.R.S. §8-201. Absences may be considered excessive when the number of absent days exceeds ten percent of the number of required attendance days prescribed in A.R.S. §15-802 subsection B, paragraph 1. For TD3 this is 18 days (excused and unexcused combined). At 18 absences a staff member may make personal contact with parent.

NOTES

Notes from parents are needed for:
1. Early dismissal;
2. Reason for absence;
3. Late arrival;
4. Medication; and
5. Going home for lunch.

STUDENTS LEAVING SCHOOL

Students will not be allowed to leave school grounds during school hours. If it becomes necessary for you to take your child from school during school hours, you must sign the child out in the office. Students will be released only through the office. For your child’s safety, we will not release a child from school if we only receive a phone call. We have no way of knowing who is on the other end of the phone. Students are to go directly home upon dismissal.