School District of Greenfield
Bylaws & Policies
 

5200 - ATTENDANCE

The School Board requires all students enrolled in the schools of this District to attend school regularly in accordance with the laws of the State. The Districtís educational program is predicated upon the presence of the student and requires continuity of instruction and classroom participation. The regular contact of students with one another in the classroom and their participation in a well-planned instructional activity under the tutelage of a competent teacher are vital to this purpose. Regular attendance is a responsibility that should be shared by parents, students, and the school. A child who is enrolled in five (5) year-old kindergarten shall attend school regularly, religious holidays excepted, during the full period and hours that kindergarten is in session until the end of the school term.

The "School Attendance Officer" (Principal or designee) of each school shall determine daily which students enrolled in the school are absent from school and whether that absence is excused, unexcused or truant.

WRITTEN EXCUSE REQUIRED

The Board reserves the right to verify such statements and to investigate the cause of any absence.

EXCUSED ABSENCES

Each excused absence shall be explained by telephone at the high school and by telephone and/or in writing (and signed by the studentís parent) at the middle and elementary schools. The excuse shall be submitted to the Attendance Office and maintained in the studentís school record.

As required under State law, a student may be excused from school for the following reasons:

 

A.

Physical or Mental Condition

     
 

The student is temporarily not in proper physical or mental condition to attend a school program.

   
 

B.

Obtaining Religious Instruction

     
 

To enable the student to obtain religious instruction outside the school during the required school period (see Policy 5223 - Absences for Religious Instruction).

 

C.

Permission of Parent or Guardian

     
 

The student has been excused by his/her parent or guardian before the absence for any or no reason. A student may not be excused for more than ten (10) days per school year under this paragraph and must complete any course work missed during the absence. Examples of reasons for being absent that should be counted under this paragraph include, but are not limited to, the following:

     
 

1.

professional and other necessary appointments (e.g., medical, dental, and legal) that cannot be scheduled outside of the school day

     
 

2.

to attend the funeral of a relative

     
 

3.

legal proceedings that require the student's presence

     
 

4.

college visits

     
 

5.

job fairs

     
 

6.

vacations

     
 

D.

Religious Holiday

     
 

For observance of a religious holiday consistent with the student's creed or belief.

     
 

E.

Suspension or Expulsion

     
 

The student has been suspended or expelled.

     
 

F.

Program or Curriculum Modification

     
 

The Board has excused the student from regular school attendance to participate in a program or curriculum modification leading to high school graduation or a high school equivalency diploma as provided by State law.

 

G.

High School Equivalency Ė Secured Facilities

     
 

The Board has excused a student from regular school attendance to participate in a program leading to a high school equivalency diploma in a secured correctional facility, a secured child caring institution, a secure detention facility, or a juvenile portion of a county jail, and the student and his/her parent or guardian agree that the student will continue to participate in such a program.

     
 

H.

Child at Risk

     
 

The student is a "child at risk" as defined under State law and is participating in a program at a technical college on either a part-time or full-time basis leading to high school graduation, as provided under State law.

     
 

I.

Quarantine

     
 

Quarantine of the student's home by a public health officer.

     
 

J.

Illness of an Immediate Family Member

     
 

The illness of an immediate family member.

     
 

K.

Emergency

     
 

An emergency that requires the student to be absent because of familial responsibilities or other appropriate reasons.

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES

Absences which exceed the number of days permitted by State Statutes, despite parent approval, are unexcused absences. An exception to this rule is a documented medical excuse.

Home and in-school suspensions are excused absences.

TRUANT ABSENCES

 

A.

Truant absence is any absence of part or all of one (1) or more days from school during which the School Attendance Office, principal, or teacher has not been notified of the legal cause of such absence by the parent or guardian of the absent student, and also means intermittent attendance carried on for the purpose of defeating the intent of Wisconsin State Statutes.

     
 

B.

Habitual truant means a student who is absent from school without an acceptable excuse for part or all of five (5) or more days on which school is held during a school semester under Wisconsin State Statutes.

     
 

C.

Notice of Truancy

     
 

The School Attendance Officer shall notify a truant student's parent or guardian of the student's truancy and direct the parent or guardian to return the student to school no later than the next day on which school is in session or to provide an excuse for the absence. The notice under this paragraph shall be given before the end of the second school day after receiving a report of an unexcused absence. Notice shall be made by personal contact or telephone call, if possible, and a written record of this notice shall be kept. If such notice is not effective, notice shall be made by mail. This notice must be given every time a student is truant until the student becomes a habitual truant.

     
 

D.

Notice of Habitual Truancy

     
 

When a student initially becomes a habitual truant, the School Attendance Officer shall provide a notice to the student's parent or guardian, by registered or certified mail, which contains the following:

     
 

1.

a statement of the parent's or guardian's responsibility under State law to cause the student to attend school regularly

     
 

2.

a statement that the parent, guardian, or student may request program or curriculum modifications for the student under State law and that the student may be eligible for enrollment in a program for children at risk

 

3.

a request that the parent or guardian meet with the appropriate school personnel to discuss the student's truancy

     
 

The notice shall include the name of the school personnel with whom the parent or guardian should meet, a date, time, and place for the meeting and the name, address, and telephone number of a person to contact to arrange a different date, time, or place. The date for the meeting shall be within five (5) school days after the date that the notice is sent, except that with the consent of the student's parent or guardian the date for the meeting may be extended for an additional five (5) school days.

     
 

4.

a statement of the penalties, under State law or local ordinances that may be imposed on the parent or guardian if s/he fails to cause the child to attend school regularly as required by State law

The School Attendance Officer will also continue to notify the parent or guardian of a habitual truant's subsequent unexcused absences.

MAKE-UP OPPORTUNITIES

Excused Absences

A student whose absence from school was excused, except for an expelled student, shall be permitted to make-up course work and any quarterly, semester, or grading period examinations missed during the absences when they return to school. It is the student's responsibility to contact his/her teachers to determine what course work and examinations must be made-up. Teachers shall have the discretion to assign substitute course work and examinations. Teachers shall also have the discretion to specify where and when examinations and course work shall be completed, including outside regular school hours. The time for completing the work shall be commensurate with the length of the absence, unless extended by the principal based upon extenuating circumstances.

Unexcused Absences

Credit in a course or subject shall not be denied solely because of a student's unexcused absences from school.

Students with unexcused absences shall be permitted to make-up course work and any quarterly, semester, or grading period examinations missed during the absence if the student is at risk of receiving no credit in a course or subject if the work is not made up.

Subject to the immediately preceding two (2) paragraphs, credit may, but is not required to be given for the completion of make-up work. Further, credit for make-up work may be given only after the student has satisfied consequences imposed for unexcused absences. The extent to which make-up credit is given shall be determined on a case-by-case basis by the principal and the respective teachers.

If make-up work has been assigned, it is the student's responsibility to contact his/her teachers to determine what course work and examinations must be made-up. Teachers shall have the discretion to assign substitute course work and examinations. Teachers shall also have the discretion to specify where and when examinations and course work shall be completed, including outside regular school hours. The time for completing the work shall be commensurate with the length of the absence, unless extended by the principal based upon extenuating circumstances.

Superintendent Guidelines

The Superintendent shall develop administrative guidelines concerning the attendance of students which:

 

A.

ensure a school session which is in conformity with the requirement of the law;

     
 

B.

ensure that students absent for an excusable reason have an opportunity to make-up work they missed;

     
 

C.

govern the keeping of attendance records in accordance with State law;

     
 

D.

facilitate implementation of the Truancy Plan;

 

E.

identify the habitual truant, investigate the cause(s) of his/her behavior, and consider modification of his/her educational program to meet particular needs and interests;

     
 

F.

ensure that any student who, due to a specifically identifiable physical or mental impairment, exceeds or may exceed the District's limit on excused absence is referred for evaluation for eligibility either under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Chapter 115, Wis. Stats.;

     
 

G.

provide that a student's grade in any course is based on his/her performance in the instructional setting and is not reduced for reasons of conduct. If a student violates the attendance or other rules of the school, s/he should be disciplined appropriately for the misconduct, but his/her grades should be based upon what the student can demonstrate s/he has learned;

     
 

H.

ensure that all parents and students are informed of the District's Attendance Policy and related guidelines;

     
 

I.

enable the School Attendance Officer to perform his/her duties under State law and this policy; and

     
 

J.

address unexcused absences.

115, 118.15, 118.125(2), 118.153, 118.16, 118.162, Wis. Stats.

Revised 10/23/00
Revised 7/23/01
Revised 7/03
Revised 3/04
Revised 2/27/12

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