By law, children up to age 16 must come to school. Your child can't succeed in school if he doesn't attend regularly. Too many absences could affect your child's academic performance and prevent your child from moving on to the next grade. The threshold of absences which generates a letter of notification is five (5) in total, excused or otherwise. Under law, parents may be prosecuted if children don't attend school.
Is a student over age 16 allowed to quit school without parent permission?
No. When a student reaches 16 years of age he/she is no longer required to attend school if he/she files the required formal declaration of intent to terminate school enrollment with the school district and the declaration is signed by the parent. The declaration must acknowledge that leaving school will likely reduce the student's earning potential. The school district is required to notify the child's parent or legal guardian that the student has filed a declaration of intent to leave school.
Students are to sign in and out when missing a class for excusable appointments or emergencies and are to comply with the individual school procedures established with the school attendance office. Failure to sign out may result in an unexcused absence and the consequences thereof.
In the event four (4) or more absences occur in a course during a 9-week grading period, an attendance conference may be held to determine which, if any absences are excusable
For each course in which the student has four (4) unexcused absences, that are not for one of the legitimate purposes described above, a grade of “F” will be assigned for that grading period.
Excused absences/tardies may only be used for the following legitimate, documented reasons:
1. Illness and/or medical care
2. Death in the Family
3. Legal reasons
4. Religious Holidays, administratively pre-approved observance
5. Pre-arranged absences approved by an administrator, school sponsored field trips, or school approved activities
6. Other special circumstances or insurmountable conditions
Each school will document attempts to notify parents of each student’s absence either through an automated system or other methods. However, failure to successfully notify parents or guardians shall not negate the attendance policy.