School attendance is the actual presence of a pupil at school or away from school on a school day and engaged in an educational activity which is a part of the approved instructional program.
Age Requirements for School Attendance
All children who will have attained the age of six (6) years by February 1 of any school year or who are older than six (6) years of age, but have not attained the age of 18 years must attend school regularly during the entire school term.
Children who have attained the age of three (3) years on or before September 1 of the school year are eligible for admission to pre-kindergarten early intervention programs during that school year.
Each school should establish procedures to insure good attendance. A student who is absent more than nine (9) days within a semester or more than four (4) days within a 9-week period for schools on a block schedule will not receive a passing grade for the semester.
A student is considered to be present at school if away from school on a school day and engaged in an educational activity that constitutes a school approved instructional program or activity.
Kindergarten students must be in attendance for a minimum of 162 days, as a criteria for progression to first grade. The Principal may, in consultation with the teacher, deny promotion based on this criteria.
All students must be in attendance a minimum of four (4) hours of instructional time to be considered present each day.
Absences not counted in the 9 days/4 days attendance policy are as follows:
1. Court Dates
2. Religious holidays
3. Illness with medical documentation and/or
4. Chronic and extended illness