Attendance Policy


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.

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.


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

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

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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