Manistee Area Schools
Bylaws & Policies


The Board of Education 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 be required of all District students, except those exempted under Policy 5223 or by other provisions of State law, during the days and hours that the school is in session.

A student may not be required to attend if it is shown to the satisfaction of the Superintendent that the mental condition of the student is such that s/he cannot benefit from instruction, or that the bodily condition of the student is such as to prevent attendance at school or that s/he is receiving instruction at home from a person certified to teach the branches of education in which instruction is required.

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

The Board may report to the Intermediate School District infractions of the law regarding the attendance of students below the age of sixteen (16). Repeated infractions of Board policy requiring the attendance of enrolled students may result in the suspension or expulsion of the student from the District program.

The Board considers the following factors to be reasonable excuses for time missed at school:


 B.recovery from accident

 C.required court attendance

 D.professional appointments

 E.death in the immediate family

 F.observation or celebration of a bona fide religious holiday

 G.such other good cause as may be acceptable to the Superintendent or his/her designee

Attendance need not always be within the school facilities, but a student will be considered to be in attendance if present at any place where school is in session by authority of the Board.

The Board shall consider each student assigned to a program of other guided learning experiences, authorized under Policy 2370, to be in regular attendance for the program provided that s/he reports to such staff member s/he is assigned for guidance at the place in which s/he is conducting study, and regularly demonstrates progress toward the objectives of the course of study.

The Board authorizes but does not encourage the Superintendent to suspend a student from a particular class or from school if sincere efforts by the staff and parents cannot rectify the pattern of absence. In keeping with its philosophy, the Board supports efforts to provide for alternative educational opportunities for truant students rather than to heighten the effects of absence through suspension.

The Superintendent shall develop procedures for the attendance of students which:

 A.ensure a school session which is in conformity with the requirements of the law;

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

 C.govern the keeping of attendance records in accordance with the rules of the State Board;

 D.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;

 E.ensure that any student who, due to a medically-documented 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.

M.C.L.A. 380.1561, 380.1561(3a-3c), 380.1586(3)

Revised 12/13/93