Decatur County Community Schools
Bylaws & Policies


The School Board, as an agency of the State, is required to enforce regular attendance of students. The Board recognizes that the presence in the classroom enables the student to participate in instruction, class discussions, and other related activities. As such, regular attendance and classroom participation are integral to instilling incentives for the student to excel.

Attendance shall mean to be physically present in a school or at another location where the school’s educational program is being conducted during regular school hours on a day in which the educational program in which the student is enrolled is being offered.

Attendance shall be required of all School Corporation students, except those exempted under other provisions of State law, during the days and hours that the school is in session or during the attendance sessions to which s/he has been assigned.

Exceptions to compulsory attendance that shall be recognized by the school corporation as provided by State statute are:



service as a page or honoree of the general assembly (I.C. 20-33-2-14)



service on a precinct election board or helper to a political candidate on the date of an election (I.C. 20-33-2-15)



subpoena to appear in court as a witness in a judicial proceeding (I.C. 20-33-2-16)



service in active duty with the National Guard for not more than ten (10) days (I.C. 20-33-2-17)



participating as a member of the Indiana wing of the civil air patrol for not more than five (5) days (I.C. 20-33-2-17.2)



exhibiting or participating in the Indiana State Fair for educational purposes by a student or member of the student’s household (I.C. 20-33-2-17.7). The student must be in good academic standing as determined by the Corporation. Parents must request the absence in writing, it must be approved in writing by the principal, and it may not exceed five (5) days.

For any of these exceptions a student shall not be recorded as absent from school.

The Superintendent shall require, from the parent of each student or from an adult student who has been absent for any reason, a statement of the cause for such absence. The Board reserves the right to verify such statements and to investigate the cause of each:



prolonged absence;



repeated unexplained absence and tardiness.

The Board considers the following for excused absences:



illness verified by a note from the parent



illness verified by a note from a physician



recovery from accident



required court attendance



professional appointments – Parents are encouraged to schedule medical, dental, legal, and other necessary appointments other than during school hours. When appointments are necessary during the school day, the student shall report back to school immediately after the appointment with a signed statement from the doctor, dentist, lawyer, counselor, etc.



death in the immediate family or of a relative



observation or celebration of a bona fide religious holiday in accordance with Policy 5223






military connected families’ absences related to deployment and return



participating in an educationally related non-classroom activity which is consistent with and promotes educational philosophy and goals of the school corporation, facilitates the attainment of specific educational objectives, is part of the goals and objectives of an approved course or curriculum, represents a unique educational opportunity, cannot reasonably occur without interrupting the school day, and is approved in advance by the school principal (I.C. 20-33-2-17.5)



such other good cause as may be acceptable to the Superintendent or permitted by law

An unexcused absence is any absence not covered under the definition of excused absence or an exception to compulsory attendance. An out-of-school suspension shall not be considered an unexcused absence.

Repeated instances of unexcused absences may result in disciplinary action up to suspension or expulsion of a student.

Truancy is defined as absence from school without permission of the parent.

The Superintendent or an attendance officer having jurisdiction shall report a child who is habitually absent from school to an intake officer of the juvenile court or the Department of Child Services.

The Superintendent shall ensure that the administrative guidelines on attendance properly address the matter of truancy by including a process which:



identifies the habitual truant, that is, a student who is chronically absent by having unexcused absences from school for more than ten (10) school days in one (1) school year;



investigates the cause(s) of his/her truant behavior;



considers, when appropriate, modification of his/her educational program to meet particular needs which may be causing the truancy;



ensures that truant students are disciplined in accordance with the Corporation's policies and administrative guidelines on student discipline;



provides for reporting to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles those students who are habitual truants.

The Superintendent also shall ensure that the Board's policy on attendance and the Corporation's administrative guidelines are made available to all parents and adult students.

I.C. 9-24-2-1, -4
I.C. 20-33-2
511 IAC 1-3-1

Revised 4/11/12
Revised 1/14/15
Revised 3/9/15
Revised 8/10/16

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