Students are expected to be in class and to make attendance a top priority. Only through attendance and class participation do students achieve the benefits of the education program. Participating in class discussion, developing an appreciation for the views and abilities of other students, and forming the habit of regular attendance are legitimate class objectives. Learning lost due to an absence can never be replaced. Regular attendance and being well prepared for class helps students in school as well as prepares students for adulthood.
Families who know their child will be absent must notify the office prior to the absence. If advance notification is not possible, parents must notify the office at (641) 257-6510 (HS) or (641) 257-6530 (MS) on the day of the absence prior to 10:00 a.m. If notification is not received, the office will attempt to contact the parents at their emergency number. Before a student is readmitted after an absence, the student must bring a form of communication (such as: note, text, email, call) by the student's parents to the office explaining the reason for the absence. Students who need to leave school during the school day must receive permission from office staff and have a note signed by parents, have parents telephone the office, or have parents come to the office. Students who return to class or arrive after the start of the school day must present a signed note to office staff from parents for re admission. Students are not released to anyone other than their parents during the school day unless the office has a note signed by parents. Students are responsible for arranging make up schoolwork and are allowed to make up schoolwork only upon the approval of the teacher. Students who know they are going to be absent prior to an absence must make arrangements with teachers in advance to make up schoolwork.
Students have 2 days to make up schoolwork upon return from an absence. Should a student be absent more than one day, the student must make arrangements with teachers to schedule makeup work. Students will not get credit for makeup work from an unexcused absence. The school determines whether an absence is excused, verified or unexcused.
- Excused absence based on professional documentation. (If known in advance, the expectation is that the school will be notified and make up work will be completed prior to absence.) Professional documentation may include documentation from doctor, dentist, other health professional, court or DHS, or documentation from approved college visits.
- Verified absence based on information provided by parents. (If known in advance, the expectation is that the school will be notified and make up work will be completed prior to absence.) This may include student illness when not seen by doctor, funerals, family trip, family emergency, spectator trip to state tournament, etc.
- Unexcused absence intentional decision not to attend classes when the expectation was that the student would be present. (These absences could have immediate consequences up to and including being removed from class.) This includes leaving the building without following procedural checkout.
- Truant - any student of compulsory attendance age who fails to attend school as provided by the Board policy without reasonable excuse for the absence as defined by Excused absence and Verified absence and the limitations stated in this policy. Few factors have greater influence on school success than regular attendance. It is, therefore, important that students are in school unless it is absolutely necessary to be absent. Many employers consider regular attendance and punctuality to be as important as scholarship. Regular attendance generally has a positive effect on the grade in the same manner that dependable performance on the job results in greater benefits to the employee. Daily participation is the key. Therefore, we believe that to fully benefit from the educational opportunities provided, the student must be in school.
After each unexcused or verified absence identified in the daily attendance, the school building in which the student attends will communicate with the family and have a running record of these contacts.
- After 6 unexcused or verified absences, a letter of “Excessive Absence” will be sent to the student’s parent/guardian from the Office Admin Asst. The Attendance Board will be made aware of the student’s attendance. The Attendance Board includes, but is not limited to, MS Counselor, MS Administrative Assistant, HS Counselor, HS Administrative Assistant, Mr. Wolfe, Mr. Taylor, and the Juvenile Court Liaison. A log entry made into the school management system by the Administrative Assistant.
- After 9 unexcused or verified absences: attendance letter will be sent, and 1 member of the Attendance Board will call the student’s parent/guardian with the student present. This Attendance Board member could be one of the school counselors or the Juvenile Court Liaison.
Log entry will be made into the school management system by the attendance board member.
- After 12 unexcused or verified absences, an attendance letter will be sent, and 1 member of the Attendance Board will call the parent/guardian with the student present to request an “Administrative Attendance Hearing.” At this time, academic progress and attendance history will be discussed and a formal academic/attendance plan may be made. This plan may include things such as: before &/or after school supports, credit recovery, alternative programs, summer school, and grade retention. This meeting will include some or all of the following: student, parent/guardian, School Administrator, School Social Worker and Juvenile Court Liaison.
Log Entry will be made into school management system by School Counselor/Juvenile Court Liaison
- At 15 unexcused or verified absences, the school may refer the student to the Floyd County Attorney. If the County Attorney agrees attendance is an issue, their office will issue a warning letter and/or a referral for mediation to the County Attorney may be made and parents will be notified by the Floyd County Attorney's office. A meeting may be recommended and held in the appropriate school office. This meeting will include some or all of the following: student, parent/guardian, School Administrator, School Social Worker and Juvenile Court Liaison.
Log Entry will be made into school management system by School Counselor/Juvenile Court Liaison/School Principal)
- At 20 unexcused or verified absences, per Iowa Code, a formal request will be made by the school to the Floyd County Attorney’s office for an attendance mediation hearing. Their office will issue the appropriate paperwork to the family as to when the mediation will take place through the Floyd County Sheriff. This meeting will be conducted at the Floyd County Attorney’s office and will include all or some of the following school personnel: Administrator, School Counselor, School Social Worker, Juvenile Court Liaison, Teachers. Student and parent/guardian and Floyd County Attorney will also be present.
Log Entry will be made in management system (JC Officer and HS Principal)