Absences and Excuses
Pupils are required to attend regularly and punctually the school in which they are enrolled.
Any student who has attained the age of six (6), but has not reached his/her eighteenth (18th) birthday, who has been absent from school without valid excuse for three (3) days or more, or tardy without valid excuse on three (3) days or more, is a truant.
Any student enrolled in a public school who has attained the age of eighteen (18) years, but has not reached his/her twenty-first (21st) birthday, who has been absent from school without valid excuse for three (3) or more days, or tardy without valid excuse on three (3) or more days, is a truant.
Any student who has been reported as a truant two (2) or more times is an habitual truant.
A student who is absent for sixty (60) minutes or less of the regu- larly scheduled school day is tardy.
Truants shall be reported to the Principal and then to the Director of Pupil Personnel, both of whom shall take appropriate action.
For the purposes of establishing a student’s status as a truant, a student’s attendance record is cumulative for an entire school year. When students transfer from one Kentucky district to an- other, attendance information from the previous district shall be- come part of their official attendance record for that school year.
And excused absence or tardiness is one for which work may be made up, such as:
1.Death or severe illness in the pupil's immediate
2. Illness of the pupil
3. Medical appointment for the student
4. Court summons
5. Religious holidays and practices
6. Driver's license test or examination
8. One (1) day for attendance at the Kentucky State Fair,
9. Documented military leave,
10. One (1) day prior to departure of parent/guardian called to active military duty,
11. One (1) day upon the return of parent/guardian from active military duty, or
12. Other valid reasons as determined by the Principal, including trips qualifying as educational enhancement opportunities.
Students shall be granted an excused absence for up to ten (10) school days to pursue an educational en- hancement opportunity determined by the Principal to be of significant educational value. This opportu- nity may include, but not be limited to, participation in an educational foreign exchange program or an intensive instructional, experiential, or performance program in one (1) of the core curriculum subjects of English, science, mathematics, social studies, foreign language, and the arts.
Unless the Principal determines that extenuating cir- cumstances exist, requests for date(s) falling within State or District testing periods shall not be granted.
The Principal’s determination may be appealed to the Superintendent/designee whose decision may then be appealed to the Board under its grievance policy and procedures.
Students receiving an excused absence under this section shall have the opportunity to make up school work missed and shall not have their class grades adversely affected for lack of class attendance or class participation due to the excused absence.
PARENTS TO NOTIFY SCHOOL
If their child is unable to attend school, parents are asked to call the school by 10:00 a.m. to communicate the reason for the ab- sence. Otherwise, parents shall send a written excuse with their child on the next day of attendance. Unless the school receives a call or note, the absence will be counted as unexcused. (Limited to three (3) parent notes.)
Students with excused or prearranged absences shall be permitted to make up work they have missed. It is the student's and parent's responsibility to contact teachers concerning make-up work. Stu- dents shall be allowed the same number of days to complete make-up work as they were absent. Under no circumstances shall students with excused or prearranged absences have less than two (2) days to complete make-up work.
STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED
Days missed while on suspension shall be counted as unexcused absences. Projects or homework assigned prior to suspension shall be accepted for credit. Students shall be responsible for submitting assignments due during the time of the suspension.
Long-term projects assigned during the suspension and due at a later date shall be accepted.
Work assigned and due during suspension shall not be accepted.
When parents know in advance that their child will miss school, they may request approval for an excused prearranged absence. Advance arrangements shall be made through the Principal or designee to obtain homework assignments for the student. Except in emergency situations as determined by the Principal, arrange- ments for prearranged absences shall be made at least five (5) days in advance of the absence.
The Principal may request that the Director of Pupil Personnel convene an attendance hearing for students sixteen (16) years old and younger who miss ten (10) or more days of school, regardless of the reason.
No Pass No Drive Law
Students who are sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) years old who becomes academically deficient or deficient in attendance shall be reported to the Transportation Cabinet for driver’s license, permit or driving privilege revocation.
(Courses Needed to pass based on Courses offered by school)
Academic and Attendance Deficiencies
Academic and attendance deficiencies for student sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) enrolled in regular, alternative, part-time, and spe- cial education programs shall be defined as follows:
1. They shall be deem academically deficient if they have not received passing grades in at least four (4) courses, or the equivalent of four courses, taken in the preceding se mester.
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2. They shall be deemed deficient in attendance when they drop out of school or accumulate nine (9) unexcused ab- sences in a class/classes for the preceding semester. Sus- pensions shall be considered unexcused absences.
Reinstatement of Driving Privilege
Students whose driving permits are revoked, but later meet the statutory standards for reinstatement, must then apply to the Di- rector of Pupil Personnel to have their standing confirmed. The District shall make the required report to the appropriate agency.
School Compliance V erification Form
Beginning August 1, 2007, any 16 or 17 year-old applying for a driver’s license permit (Instruction Permit) will be required to have this form issued from his/her school. This form verifies that the student is compliant (in good standing) with the requirements of the No Pass/No Drive Law.