Monroe County School District Attendance Policy

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    Attendance Requirements:

    Each parent and legal guardian of a child within the compulsory attendance age is responsible for the child’s school attendance as required by law [Florida Statute §1003.21]. All students are expected to attend school regularly and to be on time for classes in order to benefit from the instructional program and to develop habits of punctuality, self-discipline, and responsibility.

    Excused Absences:

    • Parents must report the absence the day before, the day of, or within two schooldays following the absence, otherwise the absence will be considered unexcused.
    • Tardy students must be signed-in at the Main Office.
    • Parent/Guardian notification of an absence does not in-and-itself require the school administration to record the absence as excused.
    • Parents/Guardians who sign their student out before the end of school for medical/dental appointment will be marked unexcused. When the attendance office receives a medical/dental note, the absence will be changed to excused.

    Tardy Policies:

    Note: Excessive tardies may result in revocation of choice hardship.

    Excused Tardies:

    • Illness; After two days a medical note is must be submitted in order for the illness to be excused; medical/dental appts – with submitted medical/dental notes;
    • automobile accident;
    • death or funeral;
    • emergency situations acceptable to the principal;
    • required court appearance;
    • established religion observance;
    • severe weather;
    • breakdown of school bus.

    Unexcused Tardies:

    • car problems (e.g., flat tire, no gas, car won’t start, etc.);
    • heavy traffic;
    • overslept;
    • returned for forgotten items;
    • non-educational appts.

    Unexcused Absences:

    Including absences not defined in the excused absence section and absences not documented within two school days.

    Examples include but are not limited to:

    • shopping trips;
    • family vacations/trips;
    • activities that should be conducted outside of the school day (e.g., hair/nail appts, sleeping, doing homework, DMV business, dance lessons); non-school events/programs/sporting activities; and activities more related to parental responsibilities (e.g., babysitting or providing transportation).
    • Any unexcused absence will result in a grade penalty for work missed.

    Special Guidelines:

    • Students leaving early must check out through the Main Office.
    • Students have 2 days for each day missed to make up class work upon return to school from an absence.
    • After 3 consecutive absences, the teacher determines the due date for make-up work
    • Students are responsible for meeting due dates set prior to an absence (e.g., tests, projects, etc).
    • High School: more than 6 missed class periods requires a passing grade on the semester exam to receive course credit towards graduation.
    • Students will be referred to the Child Study Team after 5 unexcused absences within a calendar month or 10 unexcused absences within 90 calendar days.
    • More than six absences per semester are considered excessive .
    • Habitual Truant is defined by law as a student who has 15 unexcused absences within 90 calendar days.
    • Truancy Petitions can be filed with the Circuit Court pursuant to §1003.26
    • Truant minor students will either have their learner’s/driver’s license suspended or will not be able to receive a learner’s license. §322.091
    • Illness or Injury of Student
    • Religious Instruction/Holidays of the Student’s Own Faith (3 days notification required)
    • Doctor/Dentist Appointment• Attendance at Student’s IEP Meeting
    • Court/Legal Appearances
    • Death in the Immediate Family (no more than 7 days)
    • Placement at the FL Keys Children’s Shelter
    • With Written Permission of the Principal
    • Special Event Approved by the Principal
    • Communicable Disease/Infestation

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