Beginning with the 2006-07 school year, attendance for
all students in the state will be calculated based on the actual
percentage of time the student is absent from school.
In the past, reports for attendance showed students as
tardy, half-day absent, or all-day absent. Now, attendance reports will
show students as tardy or the actual percent of the school day the student
was absent. You may also see the new reporting calculations on other
reports such as report cards.
A student will be considered tardy if they miss up to
60 minutes of the day by arriving late, leaving early, or a combination of
the two. If a student misses more than 60 minutes of the school day, then
the entire amount of time will be counted as absent and recorded as a
percentage missed of the day. Reports will show a “T” for tardy if it falls
within the 60 minutes or as a percentage of the day missed.
For example, if a student is 30 minutes late one
morning, that will be recorded as a tardy. If the students misses 100
minutes of the day, that will be counted as an absence and recorded as 27%
of the day absent (100 minutes of a 370 minute school day). You may see
reports showing 30%, 47%, 75%, etc. indicating the percent of the day the
student was absent from school.
Parents will need to send a signed note to school
anytime a child is absent including tardies within three days of the student
returning to school after an absence. If a valid note is not received
within the three day limit, the absence will be recorded as unexcused. A
note is required even if the parent noted the reason on the sign-in/sign out
log at the time of check in or check out. Parents may also submit
documentation from a doctor, etc. (limit of six per year) for six tardies
and for six cumulative days of absences.
The Truancy Statutes have not changed since the
previous year classifying six (6) unexcused absences as habitually truant.
For Lewis County School’s purpose of calculating habitual truancy, we will
use a cumulative figure. For example, missing 30% of one day unexcused and
70% of another day unexcused, would equal one (1) full day unexcused
Should a student have a verifiable condition that makes
an assignment to homebound necessary documentation must be provided to the
school. Homebound must be five school days or more in length.