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Attendance Matters

Being in school every day raises your student’s chances for scoring well on tests, and securing college admission and scholarship opportunities. Helping your child make regular attendance at school a habit now, can carry over when they seek employment.

State law requires students in kindergarten through 12th grade to attend school a minimum of 170 of the school year 180 days to receive credit for the academic year.

Students between the ages of 12 and 17 will be held personally responsible for their attendance and may be sent to the Department of Juvenile Justice up to 90 days for truancy.


When your student is absent

  • If you know about the absence in advance, reach out to the teacher/s to make a plan for completing missed work.
  • Provide written documentation (medical excuse and/or parent note) for all absences. Turn in the written documentation to the school’s attendance secretary.
  • Ensure school has up to date contact information at all times.
  • If absences are going to continue or are excessive, reach out to the attendance secretary and/or the assigned school administrator to discuss the circumstance.
  • Reach out to the school if there are barriers to attending school regularly.
  • Help student/child to catch up on missing assignments and stay in communication with the teacher.
  • Know and understand virtual attendance is not an option moving forward. If a student is absent, there is not a virtual absence to attend school.
  • Reach out for help at any time.
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