Attendance Policy

ATTENDANCE OFFICE 748-3107
Idaho Code 33-202 stipulates that attendance is compulsory for all children between the ages of
seven and sixteen years and that parents or guardians are responsible to ensure that children are
in attendance.

The Board of Directors considers full-time attendance to be an essential element in the student’s
educational process. Regular attendance fosters a climate conducive to learning, perpetuates
effective teaching, protects the integrity of the scholastic day and ensures quality education.
There is a clear connection between student academic success and consistent school attendance. It
is the belief of the LHS administration, faculty and staff that regular school attendance is an
essential prerequisite to a successful learning environment.

We believe that the student’s presence in the classroom and regular contact with the classroom
teacher is a necessary part of the learning experience. Even when students achieve an acceptable
level of academic performance coincidental with irregular attendance, a significant aspect of their
learning experience is missed.

Irregular attendance can create unreasonable demands on the learning experience of all students by
disrupting the pace and organization of classroom instruction. Irregular attendance can shift the
work demands of the classroom teacher making less time available to direct the learning experiences
of students who attend regularly.

Student attendance is a prerequisite to academic credit. In order to receive academic credit for a
class a student must meet the academic standard determined by the classroom teacher and the
attendance standard as follows:

A. Communication Procedure
Parents/guardians will be notified in writing when their student accumulates three (3) absences
AND six (6) absences during the semester.

Students with ongoing attendance problems will be referred to the administration to determine
action to be taken. If a student exceeds six (6) absences in any class during the semester, credit
may be withheld.

B. Credit Denial Notification
Parents/guardians will be notified in writing if credit was or will be withheld.

C. Appeals Procedure
If a determination is made to withhold credit, the student and parent/guardian may make an appeal.
If an appeal is made, it is the responsibility of the student/parents to provide substantial
documentation that:
(1) Clears up unverified absences, unexcused absences or truancies.
(2) Illustrates extenuating circumstances that led to excessive absences.
(3) Defines health or legal issues preventing the student from attending school. D. Appeals Process
The two following steps are established to guide students and parents through the appeals process.

1. An attendance/appeals committee will review the records and the circumstances and determine
whether or not the student will receive credit. Each secondary building will have an
attendance/appeal committee.

2. The decision of the attendance/appeals committee may be appealed to the superintendent or
designee. The appeal must be submitted to the superintendent within ten (10) working days after
receiving the decision from the attendance/appeals committee. The decision of the superintendent or
designee is final.

ABSENCES
Absence from school will be documented under three categories: (1) excused, (2) unexcused, and
(3) truancy.

Excused Absences: Excused absences are personal illness, and family emergencies. Assignments missed
during an excused absence can be made up for credit.

Prearranged Absences(Excused)
Whenever students are aware beforehand that they will be absent, they must obtain a prearranged
absence form from the attendance office. The request must come from a parent. Upon their return,
students will be expected to be able to continue with the course work of each class.

Unexcused Absences: Absence for other reasons shall be considered unexcused. Work missed during an
unexcused absence may be made up for credit. Students who have unexcused absences may receive
Administrative disciplinary action.

Parents/Guardians are encouraged to provide 3rd party verification (doctor, dentist, etc.) as soon
as possible when the student is absent and when applicable.

NOTE: Student employment (work) will not be considered an excused absence under any circumstances

Truancy: Willful absence of the student without the knowledge of the school or parents is
considered truancy. It is unexcused and may lead to expulsion from school. Purposely missing one
class to complete work for that class or another is considered truancy as well. Assignments missed
due to a truancy will not receive credit. Students who are truant will receive Administrative
disciplinary action.

Parent Communication Procedure
The parent or guardian is required to call on the day a student is absent from school. If no call
is made, a written note should be sent with the student on the day of return to school. The note
should describe the reason for the absence.

Absences must be cleared within two (2) school days after the student returns to school. If no
contact from the parent or guardian is made, the absences will be coded as truant.

IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT/PARENT TO CLEAR THE ABSENCES.

Please call the Attendance Office directly at 748-3107.

CHECKING IN/OUT OF SCHOOL
When a student arrives at school at times other than the regular start of his or her school day,
he/she
must sign in at the attendance office.

When a student checks out of school, a phone call or note from the parents or guardians requesting
the absence will be presented to the attendance office.

When a student becomes ill at school, he/she must check out at the attendance office. The
attendance office will call home and release the student with parent/guardian permission. If a
guardian is not available to excuse the student, an administrator may sign the student out. The
absence will be unexcused until their parent confirms the checkout with a call or note.

If a student leaves school and does not check out at the attendance office, the absence will be
defined as TRUANT.

HOMEWORK MAKE-UP POLICY
 Students are to get the missed work from their instructor the day they return to school
whether or not they have class with that instructor the day of return. For example if a student is
gone on Monday and they return on Tuesday, they are to get the missed work on
Tuesday and have it completed by Wednesday.
 Students who have unforeseen excused absences from class will have the number of school days
missed to make-up the work. For example if a student is absent on Monday and Tuesday, they would
get Wednesday and Thursday to make up the work and have it completed and submitted to their
instructors by Friday.

 Students who miss at least one class up to one day of school due to a scheduled event such
as a school activity, scheduled appointment etc., are to get the material in advance of the absence
and have it completed upon return to class.
 Students who have planned absences in excess of one day for any activity are to make
arrangements with their instructors prior to leaving.
 Assignments that have long term deadlines are due on or before the deadline.

Assessments are to be taken on their scheduled day regardless of absences unless prior arrangements
have been made with the instructor.

TARDY POLICY
One important purpose of education is to teach responsibility and respect. Punctuality is an
important skill to learn and it is the intent of Lewiston High School to emphasize being on time.
Tardiness disrupts the educational process for all students. Students are expected to be on time
to class. All tardies are unexcused unless medical documentation is provided.

1st Tardy- Teacher disciplinary action
2nd Tardy-Teacher disciplinary action
3rd Tardy- Teacher disciplinary action
4th and subsequent Tardies-Administrative disciplinary action in addition to any teacher
disciplinary action

Teacher disciplinary action ranges from a reprimand to detention. Detention could be served with
the teacher before or after school or assigned to be served during lunch with the detention
monitor.

Administrative disciplinary action may include a reprimand, detention, Saturday School, suspension,
or removal from class for continued disruption.
suspension, or removal from class for continued disruption.
IdATTENDANCE POLICY
Idaho Code 33-202 stipulates that attendance is compulsory for all children between the ages of
seven and sixteen years and that parents or guardians are responsible to ensure that children are
in attendance.

The Board of Directors considers full-time attendance to be an essential element in the student’s
educational process. Regular attendance fosters a climate conducive to learning, perpetuates
effective teaching, protects the integrity of the scholastic day and ensures quality education.
There is a clear connection between student academic success and consistent school attendance. It
is the belief of the LHS administration, faculty and staff that regular school attendance is an
essential prerequisite to a successful learning environment.

We believe that the student’s presence in the classroom and regular contact with the classroom
teacher is a necessary part of the learning experience. Even when students achieve an acceptable
level of academic performance coincidental with irregular attendance, a significant aspect of their
learning experience is missed.

Irregular attendance can create unreasonable demands on the learning experience of all students by
disrupting the pace and organization of classroom instruction. Irregular attendance can shift the
work demands of the classroom teacher making less time available to direct the learning experiences
of students who attend regularly.

Student attendance is a prerequisite to academic credit. In order to receive academic credit for a
class a student must meet the academic standard determined by the classroom teacher and the
attendance standard as follows:

A. Communication Procedure
Parents/guardians will be notified in writing when their student accumulates three (3) absences
AND six (6) absences during the semester.

Students with ongoing attendance problems will be referred to the administration to determine
action to be taken. If a student exceeds six (6) absences in any class during the semester, credit
may be withheld.

B. Credit Denial Notification
Parents/guardians will be notified in writing if credit was or will be withheld.

C. Appeals Procedure
If a determination is made to withhold credit, the student and parent/guardian may make an appeal.
If an appeal is made, it is the responsibility of the student/parents to provide substantial
documentation that:
(1) Clears up unverified absences, unexcused absences or truancies.
(2) Illustrates extenuating circumstances that led to excessive absences.
(3) Defines health or legal issues preventing the student from attending school. D. Appeals Process
The two following steps are established to guide students and parents through the appeals process.

1. An attendance/appeals committee will review the records and the circumstances and determine
whether or not the student will receive credit. Each secondary building will have an
attendance/appeal committee.

2. The decision of the attendance/appeals committee may be appealed to the superintendent or
designee. The appeal must be submitted to the superintendent within ten (10) working days after
receiving the decision from the attendance/appeals committee. The decision of the superintendent or
designee is final.

ABSENCES
Absence from school will be documented under three categories: (1) excused, (2) unexcused, and
(3) truancy.

Excused Absences: Excused absences are personal illness, and family emergencies. Assignments missed
during an excused absence can be made up for credit.

Prearranged Absences(Excused)
Whenever students are aware beforehand that they will be absent, they must obtain a prearranged
absence form from the attendance office. The request must come from a parent. Upon their return,
students will be expected to be able to continue with the course work of each class.

Unexcused Absences: Absence for other reasons shall be considered unexcused. Work missed during an
unexcused absence may be made up for credit. Students who have unexcused absences may receive
Administrative disciplinary action.

Parents/Guardians are encouraged to provide 3rd party verification (doctor, dentist, etc.) as soon
as possible when the student is absent and when applicable.

NOTE: Student employment (work) will not be considered an excused absence under any circumstances

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Truancy: Willful absence of the student without the knowledge of the school or parents is
considered truancy. It is unexcused and may lead to expulsion from school. Purposely missing one
class to complete work for that class or another is considered truancy as well. Assignments missed
due to a truancy will not receive credit. Students who are truant will receive Administrative
disciplinary action.

Parent Communication Procedure
The parent or guardian is required to call on the day a student is absent from school. If no call
is made, a written note should be sent with the student on the day of return to school. The note
should describe the reason for the absence.

Absences must be cleared within two (2) school days after the student returns to school. If no
contact from the parent or guardian is made, the absences will be coded as truant.

IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT/PARENT TO CLEAR THE ABSENCES.

Please call the Attendance Office directly at 748-3107.

CHECKING IN/OUT OF SCHOOL
When a student arrives at school at times other than the regular start of his or her school day,
he/she
must sign in at the attendance office.

When a student checks out of school, a phone call or note from the parents or guardians requesting
the absence will be presented to the attendance office.

When a student becomes ill at school, he/she must check out at the attendance office. The
attendance office will call home and release the student with parent/guardian permission. If a
guardian is not available to excuse the student, an administrator may sign the student out. The
absence will be unexcused until their parent confirms the checkout with a call or note.

If a student leaves school and does not check out at the attendance office, the absence will be
defined as TRUANT.

HOMEWORK MAKE-UP POLICY
 Students are to get the missed work from their instructor the day they return to school
whether or not they have class with that instructor the day of return. For example if a student is
gone on Monday and they return on Tuesday, they are to get the missed work on
Tuesday and have it completed by Wednesday.
 Students who have unforeseen excused absences from class will have the number of school days
missed to make-up the work. For example if a student is absent on Monday and Tuesday, they would
get Wednesday and Thursday to make up the work and have it completed and submitted to their
instructors by Friday.

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 Students who miss at least one class up to one day of school due to a scheduled event such
as a school activity, scheduled appointment etc., are to get the material in advance of the absence
and have it completed upon return to class.
 Students who have planned absences in excess of one day for any activity are to make
arrangements with their instructors prior to leaving.
 Assignments that have long term deadlines are due on or before the deadline.

Assessments are to be taken on their scheduled day regardless of absences unless prior arrangements
have been made with the instructor.

TARDY POLICY
One important purpose of education is to teach responsibility and respect. Punctuality is an
important skill to learn and it is the intent of Lewiston High School to emphasize being on time.
Tardiness disrupts the educational process for all students. Students are expected to be on time
to class. All tardies are unexcused unless medical documentation is provided.

1st Tardy- Teacher disciplinary action
2nd Tardy-Teacher disciplinary action
3rd Tardy- Teacher disciplinary action
4th and subsequent Tardies-Administrative disciplinary action in addition to any teacher
disciplinary action

Teacher disciplinary action ranges from a reprimand to detention. Detention could be served with
the teacher before or after school or assigned to be served during lunch with the detention
monitor.

Administrative disciplinary action may include a reprimand, detention, Saturday School, suspension,
or removal from class for continued disruption.
suspension, or removal from class for continued disruption.
aho Code 33-202 stipulates that attendance is compulsory for all children between the ages of

seven and sixteen years and that parents or guardians are responsible to ensure that children are in attendance.

The Board of Directors considers full-time attendance to be an essential element in the student’s educational process. Regular attendance fosters a climate conducive to learning, perpetuates

effective teaching, protects the integrity of the scholastic day and ensures quality education. There is a clear connection between student academic success and consistent school attendance. It is the belief of the LHS administration, faculty and staff that regular school attendance is an essential prerequisite to a successful learning environment.

We believe that the student’s presence in the classroom and regular contact with the classroom teacher is a necessary part of the learning experience. Even when students achieve an acceptable level of academic performance coincidental with irregular attendance, a significant aspect of their learning experience is missed.

Irregular attendance can create unreasonable demands on the learning experience of all students by disrupting the pace and organization of classroom instruction. Irregular attendance can shift the

work demands of the classroom teacher making less time available to direct the learning experiences of students who attend regularly.

Student attendance is a prerequisite to academic credit. In order to receive academic credit for a class a student must meet the academic standard determined by the classroom teacher and the attendance standard as follows:

  1. Communication Procedure

Parents/guardians will be notified in writing when their student accumulates three (3) absences

AND six (6) absences during the semester.

Students with ongoing attendance problems will be referred to the administration to determine action to be taken. If a student exceeds six (6) absences in any class during the semester, credit may be withheld.

  1. Credit Denial Notification

Parents/guardians will be notified in writing if credit was or will be withheld.

Appeals Procedure

If a determination is made to withhold credit, the student and parent/guardian may make an appeal. If an appeal is made, it is the responsibility of the student/parents to provide substantial

documentation that:

(1) Clears up unverified absences, unexcused absences or truancies.

(2) Illustrates extenuating circumstances that led to excessive absences.

(3) Defines health or legal issues preventing the student from attending school. D. Appeals Process

The two following steps are established to guide students and parents through the appeals process.

  1. An attendance/appeals committee will review the records and the circumstances and determine whether or not the student will receive credit. Each secondary building will have an attendance/appeal committee.
  2. The decision of the attendance/appeals committee may be appealed to the superintendent or designee. The appeal must be submitted to the superintendent within ten (10) working days after receiving the decision from the attendance/appeals committee. The decision of the superintendent or designee is final.

ABSENCES

Absence from school will be documented under three categories: (1) excused, (2) unexcused, and

(3) truancy.

Excused Absences: Excused absences are personal illness, and family emergencies. Assignments missed during an excused absence can be made up for credit.

Prearranged Absences(Excused)

Whenever students are aware beforehand that they will be absent, they must obtain a prearranged absence form from the attendance office. The request must come from a parent. Upon their return, students will be expected to be able to continue with the course work of each class.

Unexcused Absences: Absence for other reasons shall be considered unexcused. Work missed during an unexcused absence may be made up for credit. Students who have unexcused absences may receive Administrative disciplinary action.

Parents/Guardians are encouraged to provide 3rd party verification (doctor, dentist, etc.) as soon as possible when the student is absent and when applicable.

NOTE: Student employment (work) will not be considered an excused absence under any circumstances

Truancy: Willful absence of the student without the knowledge of the school or parents is considered truancy. It is unexcused and may lead to expulsion from school. Purposely missing one class to complete work for that class or another is considered truancy as well. Assignments missed due to a truancy will not receive credit. Students who are truant will receive Administrative disciplinary action.

Parent Communication Procedure

The parent or guardian is required to call on the day a student is absent from school. If no call is made, a written note should be sent with the student on the day of return to school. The note should describe the reason for the absence.

Absences must be cleared within two (2) school days after the student returns to school. If no contact from the parent or guardian is made, the absences will be coded as truant.

IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT/PARENT TO CLEAR THE ABSENCES.

Please call the Attendance Office directly at 748-3107.

CHECKING IN/OUT OF SCHOOL

When a student arrives at school at times other than the regular start of his or her school day, he/she

must sign in at the attendance office.

When a student checks out of school, a phone call or note from the parents or guardians requesting the absence will be presented to the attendance office.

When a student becomes ill at school, he/she must check out at the attendance office. The attendance office will call home and release the student with parent/guardian permission. If a guardian is not available to excuse the student, an administrator may sign the student out. The absence will be unexcused until their parent confirms the checkout with a call or note.

If a student leaves school and does not check out at the attendance office, the absence will be defined as TRUANT.

HOMEWORK MAKE-UP POLICY

 Students are to get the missed work from their instructor the day they return to school whether or not they have class with that instructor the day of return. For example if a student is gone on Monday and they return on Tuesday, they are to get the missed work on

Tuesday and have it completed by Wednesday.

 Students who have unforeseen excused absences from class will have the number of school days missed to make-up the work. For example if a student is absent on Monday and Tuesday, they would get Wednesday and Thursday to make up the work and have it completed and submitted to their instructors by Friday.

 Students who miss at least one class up to one day of school due to a scheduled event such

as a school activity, scheduled appointment etc., are to get the material in advance of the absence and have it completed upon return to class.

 Students who have planned absences in excess of one day for any activity are to make arrangements with their instructors prior to leaving.

 Assignments that have long term deadlines are due on or before the deadline.

Assessments are to be taken on their scheduled day regardless of absences unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor.

TARDY POLICY

One important purpose of education is to teach responsibility and respect. Punctuality is an important skill to learn and it is the intent of Lewiston High School to emphasize being on time.

Tardiness disrupts the educational process for all students. Students are expected to be on time to class. All tardies are unexcused unless medical documentation is provided.

1st Tardy- Teacher disciplinary action

2nd Tardy-Teacher disciplinary action

3rd Tardy- Teacher disciplinary action

4th and subsequent Tardies-Administrative disciplinary action in addition to any teacher disciplinary action

Teacher disciplinary action ranges from a reprimand to detention. Detention could be served with the teacher before or after school or assigned to be served during lunch with the detention monitor.

Administrative disciplinary action may include a reprimand, detention, Saturday School, suspension, or removal from class for continued disruption.

suspension, or removal from class for continued disruption.

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