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
- 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.
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
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.
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.