Attendance | Rockrimmon Elementary

Attendance

Student Attendance Policy JE:

In accordance with state law, it is the obligation of every parent to ensure that every child under his/her care and supervision who has attained the age of six years on or by August 1, and is under the age of seventeen years, receives adequate education and training and attends school.

Because attendance is a key factor in student achievement, we adhere to a three-tier process for supporting consistent attendance:

  • Tier 1: When a teacher recognizes a poor attendance pattern such as arriving at school after the bell, early checkouts, and/or multiple absences, the teacher will contact the parents to communicate the impact of these absences on learning.
  • Tier 2: If the poor attendance pattern continues, a Notice of Concern letter is sent home.
  • Tier 3: If the poor attendance pattern continues, school administration sends a formal letter to the parents requesting a meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to create an Attendance Contract and to begin weekly progress monitoring of attendance. Non-compliance will initiate Truancy Proceedings.

TRUANCY PROCEEDINGS

If a student is absent without proper notification from the parent, the student shall be considered truant. A "habitual truant" shall be defined as a student who has attained 11 the age of seven years, is a registered student in Academy District Twenty, and has four unexcused absences from school in any one month or ten unexcused absences from class or school during any school year.

When a student becomes habitually truant (Board of Education definition), the school shall require a meeting between the student's parents and appropriate school personnel to review and evaluate the reasons for the student being habitually truant. Such meetings shall be arranged by appropriate administrative personnel and held no later than 10 school days after the student's 4th unexcused absence in a month or 10th unexcused absence in a year. Excused absences are defined in the D20 Handbook of Students’ Rights and Responsibilities and Annual Notification to Parents found in the appendix.

REPORTING AN ABSENCE

Please call the school office (719-234-5200) or go to the absence notification link on the Rockrimmon web site no later than 9:00 a.m. if your child will not be attending school that day or will be late in arriving. Doing so ensures that parents and teachers know that each child is safe and accounted for.

Please help us keep your child safe by remembering to notify us of your child’s absence.Reminder: Students are marked absent if they arrive after the pledge at 8:50. Students arriving after the pledge must be checked in through the office by a parent/guardian. District policy is to count student attendance by the minute.

Students will be given time to make up work missed during their absence. Please do not drop in during class time to request work. If you desire homework for your child on the day they are absent, please notify the office by 9:00 a.m. If possible, this work will be available after school on the same day. If going on a trip, work may be picked up after returning. We appreciate your help with this policy to keep class disruptions to a minimum.

EARLY CHECKOUT

If it is necessary for a student to leave school during school hours, he/she MUST be signed out by a parent/guardian through the office, and checked back in through the office secretary when returning to school.