Board Policy 5120
The NCSD Board of Trustees recognizes that attendance is a very important part of learning. Our community expects students to be present and participate in class every day, just as they expect their employees to be at work.
- Absence from class, whether it is elementary, middle or high school, has a substantial negative effect on academic performance, and is the single biggest predictor of a student’s on-time graduation.
- As adults, we are expected to be in attendance and on time at our jobs or other important commitments. A prepared graduate will learn this as part of being a responsible citizen.
- The Board, therefore, sets the following limits on-student absences for NCSD#1:
a) At the high school level, five (5) parent-excused absences will be allowed in any one class.
Examples – vacations, family emergencies, bereavement, illnesses not requiring the care of a health care professional.
(In situations with extenuating circumstances, parents may petition the Principal for additional parent-excused absences.)
b) After five (5) unexcused absences, parents and students will receive notification of mandatory intervention directed by the principal or his/her designee (Per WY Statute 21-4-101, a student is considered habitually truant after five (5) unexcused absences.).
If conditions of the intervention are not met, and an additional three (3) unexcused absences are accrued, this will result in loss of credit at the high school level. Principals are given discretion to use additional intervention measures, including appeals from parents and students, which encourages continued class attendance and allows the student to regain course credit.
c) At the elementary and middle school level, five parent-excused absences will be allowed per semester (same examples in 3a above). Missing 45 minutes of class in the morning or 45 minutes of class in the afternoon will result in a one-half (½) day absence.
After five (5) unexcused absences, parents and students will receive notification of a mandatory intervention directed by the principal or his/her designee.
If the conditions of the intervention are not met or an additional three (3) unexcused absences are accrued, additional action will be taken by the Superintendent or his/her designee.
School-related absences will not count against the student, nor will medical absences that are excused by a health care professional.
d) A school-by-school report of number of absences, interventions, and the results of the interventions, will be given to the Board each semester.
– Attendance – being on time to class, and being in class the entire time.
– School-related absences – any absence as a result of athletics, activities, field trips or other academically-related functions.
– Parent-excused absences – any absence at the discretion of parents. Examples include vacations, family emergencies, bereavement, illnesses not requiring the care of a health care professional. Limited to five absences in any one class.
Parents may also excuse their students for organized sports and activities not offered by the District, provided the student’s grades satisfy the same criteria for eligibility as a school-sanctioned activity. This would not count against the five parent-discretionary absences.
– Unexcused absences – any absence that is without the knowledge of a parent or any absence of a student without acceptable cause, as determined by the principal, even with the knowledge of the parent. (Per WY Statute 21-4-101)
Adopted: June 13, 2016