What is Considered an Absence?

  • Elementary schools

    Half-Day Absence

    • Missing more than 60 minutes of the school day

    Full-Day Absence

    • Missing more than one-half of the school day

    Secondary schools

    Class Absence

    • 10 minutes or more late to class
    • Missed class
    • Leaving class more than 10 minutes before the end

    Full-Day Absence

    • Missing 50% or more of scheduled classes in a day
    • 3 cumulative single class absences

Unexcused Absence

    • Any absence not excused by a parent or guardian
    • Unexcused absences are about 25% of all absences in the district

Potential Consequences for Unexcused Absences

    • Phone call home to parents
    • Written notice to parents after 5 unexcused absences
    • Individualized intervention between student, parent, and staff
    • Written citation and penalty fine from truancy officer to parents
2 Absences Per Month, Times 9 Months of School, Equals Less Likely to Graduate from High School
Last Modified on March 19, 2018