Official attendance shall be reported and recorded in “half-day” increments. Students shall be in attendance for at least two (2) hours to be counted as “present” for one-half day. Students arriving late and/or departing early shall have their attendance record accurately reflect the portion of the school day they were reported as “present.”
Kindergarten and early childhood students attending half-day programs shall be counted “present” for the whole day if they attend for two and one-half (2½) or more hours of any scheduled daily session.
Elementary Student Absences
Students attending elementary schools (or enrolled in grades typically defined as elementary grades) shall be in attendance a minimum of ninety percent (90%) of the instructional time scheduled for that school (or grade) and make satisfactory academic progress in order to be unconditionally recommended for promotion to the next grade. All absences (excused and unexcused) shall be included in the calculation of the 90% attendance minimum except that excused absences for religious holidays shall not be counted for the purpose of determining a student’s eligibility for promotion.
All absences must have a written or verbal explanation provided by the parent/guardian within 48 hours of the student’s return to school. An absence for which no acceptable explanation is received shall be deemed unexcused.
Principals shall review all students’ attendance records reflecting absenteeism in excess of 10% of the scheduled instructional time and shall make a determination, after such review, regarding a recommendation for retention based thereon.
Parents/guardians shall be notified, in writing, of any recommendation for retention (non-promotion) due to excessive absenteeism (absences exceeding 10% of the scheduled instructional time). Retention actions due to excessive absenteeism may be appealed by the parent/guardian.