We understand that some absences are unavoidable. According to Superintendent Policy 5300, excused absences include:
- Verified sickness, injury or mental and/or emotional disability
- A religious observance generally recognized by an established and bona fide religious organization
- A family emergency such as a serious illness or death of an immediate family member
- Absence due to suspension
Vacations or non-emergency activities should be scheduled for days or times when students are not in school. Requests for absences to be excused due to vacation or for other non-emergency reasons can be approved if your child has a 95% or higher attendance rate over the prior two grading periods, and if the student is otherwise meeting academic performance expectations. Please inform the office prior to your child’s absence.
Excessive excused absences occur when the absences are high enough that they negatively impact the student’s achievement and/or ability to complete make-up work comparable to in-class activities missed.
If your child has excessive excused absences, his/her teacher and/or administration have the right to initiate a required conference with the parent and student to develop an attendance contract to address the concern. Continued absences in violation of an attendance contract may be designated as unexcused.