Admin

Attendance Procedures

Tardiness

• Students are tardy if they are not in class at the beginning of the school day. Our school day begins at 8:45 A.M.

• Tardies TO SCHOOL are all recorded electronically. The parent may provide a reason for the tardiness, and this will be considered if truancy actions are initiated.

• In the event a student has met the truancy threshold, five tardies to school or five early departures equal one unexcused absence.

 

Early Departures

Students who have attended more than half a school day and are released from school prior to the closing of the school day shall be considered an early departure. Early departures are either excused or unexcused. Students may or may not be excused for the following reasons: (See examples below)

Excused

• Medical appointments

• Counseling

• Legal appointments

• Funeral of family member or closely related friend (school may request proof)

• Family emergency (school may determine if valid)

Unexcused

• For convenience of parent

• Personal reasons

• Shopping trips

• Vacations

Early Release

Early departure of any student during the last hour of the school day is Strongly Discouraged.

 

Truancy and Habitual Truancy

Truant means one who is subject to compulsory school attendance, but who is absent from school with or without a justifiable consent from a parent or legal guardian.

Truancy means the student has had at least five unexcused absences within a calendar month or 10 unexcused absences, within a 90-calendar-day period, or a combination of unexcused absences and tardies equivalent to the above numbers.

Habitual Truancy means the student has 15 unexcused absences within 90 calendar days with or without the knowledge or justifiable consent of the child’s parent or legal guardian, is subject to compulsory school attendance and, is not exempt under any other exemptions specified by law or the rules of the State Board of Education.

 

Religious Absences FS 1003.21 (2) (b)

There are a number of religious holidays which qualify as excused absences. In order to qualify as an excused absence, the religious tenets must forbid secular activities on that day, and the parents must have declared that their student is observing the holidays of that specific religion. Religious absences are treated like pre-arranged absences, and must be requested in writing at least five days prior.

 

Religious holidays which fit the criteria defined by the FDOE for the 2013 - 2014 school year follow:

 

Jewish

Muslim

 

Christian

 

Rosh Hashanah

Yom Kippur

Sukkot

Simchat Torah

Passover

Shavout

Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Adha

 

Good Friday

Holy Epiphany

 


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