ü“Habitual truancy”is defined as a student subject to compulsory education who is absent withoutlegitimate excuse for thirty (30) or more consecutive hours, forty-two (42) or more hours in a month, or seventy-two (72) or more hours in a school year.
ü“Excessive absence” is defined as a student absent 38 or more hours in one school month with or withouta legitimate excuse or absent 65 or more hours in one school year with or withouta legitimate excuse.
üThe parent of each student subject to compulsory education (or an adult student) must submit within forty-eight (48) hours a written statement of the cause for such absence, which may be verified by the building Attendance ESA. Foxfire Schools is authorized to establish a parental education program for parents of truant students. Parents who are required to attend and who fail to attend may be reported to the local children services agency for educational neglect and /or the Muskingum County Juvenile Court for charges.
Excused Absence - Absence will be excused only under the following circumstances:
üShort Term Personal Illness:The parent or guardian of a student may write an excuse for a student experiencing illness for up to sixty (60) hours in a school year or thirty (30) consecutive hours of school. After sixty hours in a year or thirty hours consecutive, a doctor’s excuse must be provided, signed by the doctor and indicate the reason for the student’s inability to attend school. Any absence greater than sixty (60) hours in a school year or thirty (30) consecutive hours, due to illness that is not accompanied by a doctor’s excuse as described above will be unexcused. A doctor’s excuse must be provided to the school within forty-eight (48) hours, i.e. two business days, ofthe student’s return to school or the absence will be unexcused.
ü If the school does not accept an excuse, the original will be returned to the student with a notation as to why it was refused (e.g., excuse not provided within the proper time period, excuse not written by a doctor, etc.). copy of the refused excuse will be maintained in the student’s file pursuant to the schedule of records retention.
üIllness or Injury in the Immediate Family: Independent verification by a physician explaining the nature and severity of the illness or injury to the family member requiring the student to be absent will be required within forty-eight (48) hours, i.e. two business days, of the student’s return to school. If an excuse is not accepted by the school, the original will be returned to the student with a notation as to why it was refused, e.g., excuse not provided within the property time period, excuse not written by a doctor, etc. A copy of the refused excuse will be maintained in the student’s file.
üMedical, Dental or legal appointments-These require written verification from the provider
üQuarantine of the Home:Absences will only be excused for the length of quarantine as determined by health officials. Verification from relevant health officials explaining the nature and length of the quarantine must be submitted within forty-eight (48) hours, i.e. two business days, of the student’s return to school. If an excuse is not accepted by the school, the original will be returned to the student with a notation as to why it was refused, e.g., excuse not provided within the property time period, excuse not written by a doctor, etc. A copy of the refused excuse will be maintained in the student’s file.
üDeath in the Family:Three days excused absence will be permitted, unless a parent or guardian offers a reasonable explanation that more school absences are necessary. The parent or guardian may provide a note to the school to advise the school of the absence, however under certain circumstances, the school may require additional documentation to confirm the student’s absence was legitimate i.e., funeral service documentation, etc.
übservance of Religious Holidays:Any student shall be excused if his/her absence was for the purpose of observing a religious holiday consistent with his/her truly held beliefs and the parent or guardian has notified the school in writing at least forty-eight (48) hours prior, i.e. two business days, to the absence.
üOut of State Travel (up to a maximum of twenty-four hours per school year):To enable the student to participate in a District-approved enrichment or extracurricular activity. The student must complete classroom assignments missed due to the approved absence. If the absence is more than twenty-four hours, a classroom teacher shall accompany the student during the travel to provide the student with instructional assistance.
üGood Cause: Absence for good cause that isacceptable to the school superintendent, who must approve, at his or her discretion, the excusal of absences not otherwise covered in this section.
Students with excused absences will be permitted to make up classroom work and assignments and receive credit for completed work meeting the standards applicable to the student. Students whose physical or mental medical needs exceed the District’s excused absence policy will be referred for evaluation to determine eligibility under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or other accommodations determined applicable and necessary.
III.Unexcused AbsenceAny absence other than those described above: 30 Hours of consecutive unexcused absences – this is approximately 5 days. 42 hours of unexcused absences in one month. This is approximately 7 days. 72 Hours of unexcused absences in one year. This is approximately 12 days
üMissing the school bus
üExperiencing transportation problems at home or on the way to school
üRemaining at home to complete school assignment
üMissing school without legitimate illness – non medical documented
üWorking at a job during the school day without a proper work permit
üAny form of recreation
üPersonal business that can be done after school or on the weekends
üNon-school related sports or athletics or other or non-school event
IV.Absence Notification Procedures
Immediate Notification: A student’s parent/guardian is required to contact the school office between 7:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on the day of the absence.
If the school does not hear from the parent/guardian, the Attendance ESA is obligated to attempt to make contact with a parent/guardian to verify the absence. We will attempt to contact the parent by phone. If phone contact is unsuccessful, a District AIS or parent engagement coordinator may visit the home. A reported absence still may be determined to be unexcused according to the absence policy.
V .Methods of Reporting Absences:Absences will be considered reported if:
üA parent or guardian calls the school the day of the absence and provides the reason for the absence;
üA parent or guardian e mails the school the day of the absence and provides the reason for the absence
üA parent or guardian writes a note or provides other required documentation to the school listing the day(s) missed and the reason for the absence(s); or
üOne or more of the above-referenced school personnel make contact with a parent or guardian and receive a satisfactory explanation for the absence(s).