Compulsory Attendance

  • Regular school attendance is essential for a student to make the most of his or her education. Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student's mastery of materials; therefore, students and parents should make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences.  There are two state laws that address school attendance:

    1.  Compulsory attendance:  State law requires that a student between the ages of 6 and 19 attend school, as well as any applicable instruction program, extended year program, or tutorial session unless excused.  Students who violate compulsory attendance law are subject to school disciplinary actions as well as the possibility of a court of law imposing penalties against the student's parent if the student deliberately does not attend school.

    2.  Attendance for Credit of Final Grade: To receive credit or a final grade in a class, a student must attend 90 percent of the days the class is offered. For those who attend less than 90 percent of the instructional time, a plan approved by the principal may be allowed to fulfill the instructional requirements for the class. This applies to both excused and unexcused absences.

    Please refer to the Student Handbook for more information.