FYI: Some students have been coming to the attendance office stating they didn't go to class because they were more than ten minutes late and would have received a truancy anyway. This is NOT TRUE! If you are late, you are marked late, which counts as an absence, not as a truancy. You are better going late than not going at all.
If students are ill or have an appointment, they MUST report to the attendance office and check out. Students CANNOT LEAVE the building until the attendance office contacts a parent/guardian. If students do not follow these procedures they WILL BE marked truant and detention will be assigned.
PARENTS SHOULD CONTACT THE ATTENDANCE OFFICE BY 9:00 A.M. THE MORNING OF AN ABSENCE TO REPORT THE ABSENCE OR TARDINESS OF THEIR STUDENT. THE ATTENDANCE OFFICE WILL MAKE A NOTE OF THE CALL AND PLACE IT IN THE STUDENT'S ATTENDANCE FILE. A TELEPHONE NUMBER MUST BE INCLUDED WITH THE WRITTEN NOTE SO THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN CAN BE CONTACTED DURING THE DAY.
The School Board (Policy #622) recognizes that regular attendance is necessary to achieve consistent educational progress. In addition, North Dakota state law requires all children between the ages of 7 and 16 to be in attendance every day school is in session, with exceptions for illness and certain other incapacities. Class attendance is imperative for students to achieve consistent educational progress. The Fargo Public School's senior high attendance regulations are based on the premise that full participation in class activities is very important in the total learning process.
- Be in class each period by the time the final bell rings unless a valid reason exists for absence.
- Convey to the school office messages and notes from home regarding absences and tardies.
- Obtain a re-entry permit from the office following an absence.
- Consult with teachers prior to any prearranged absence such as a family vacation, activity trip or religious holiday, so that work to be missed can be made up in advance whenever possible.
- Get properly checked out with the attendance secretary any time it is necessary to leave school during the day after attending one or more classes if the student anticipates missing some school time before returning. Documentation should be provided for the time gone (phone call from parent, letter from parent, doctor appointment slip, etc.). Unexcused absences will result if a student fails to check out properly.
- Attend school the day of a performance, contest, or activity in order to be eligible to participate or attend.
- Attend all classes the day following a festival, tournament game, drama production, etc. which is held the evening before at the school or elsewhere.
- Personal illness or illness in the family.
- Weddings of relatives.
- Family emergencies.
- Church activities.
- Trips requested by parents and approved by an administrator.
- Funerals of family, relatives, or friends.
- Required court appearance.
- Medical and dental appointments, if the school is notified ahead of the appointment and verification is brought after.
Truancy is defined as being absent from one or more classes without the consent of parent/guardians and/or school officials. Truancy is also defined by behaviors such as failure to report to the office after being sent, leaving class without a teacher's permission, abuse of pass usage, failure to leave school after checking out with the attendance office, and failure to go to class upon returning to school.
- Transportation problems.
- Removal from class for disciplinary reasons (administration ordered suspension will not count as an unexcused absence).
- Unverified appointments.
- Failure to check out with the attendance office when leaving school for an appointment.
TEN ABSENCE LIMIT
Students are limited to ten absences in any class per semester. These absences DO include illness, parental requests, trips, college visits, appointments, and unexcused absences. The limit of ten DOES NOT include school activities or funerals. After a student reaches a limit of ten absences in a class, the student is required to bring a note from the physician indicating the clinic/hospital where the student has been seen stating that he/she is too ill to attend school. Any student surpassing the limit will be in jeopardy of losing credit or having detention assigned at the discretion of a principal. Principals are allowed to grant exceptions to the policy for extenuating circumstances.
UNEXCUSED ABSENCE CONSEQUENCES
Each unexcused absence will result in detention. Any student who has two or more unexcused absences will be notified of pending loss of credit if another unexcused absence occurs. Three or more unexcused absences may result in being drop/failed from the class. Parents will be notified by phone or mail. Schoolwork missed during an unexcused absence cannot be made up for credit.
Arranging for make-up work is the responsibility of the student. Academic work will take precedence over any extra-curricular activity and must be completed within the specified time, usually two days for each day of absence, unless other arrangements are made with the teacher. If make-up of homework is required prior to an out of town trip or event, the student must comply.
Students are expected to be in class on time. Any student surpassing the 6 tardy limit will be in jeopardy of losing credit or having detention assigned at the discretion of a principal