Monroe County School District Attendance Policy
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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.
- 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.
Note: Excessive tardies may result in revocation of choice hardship.
- 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.
- car problems (e.g., flat tire, no gas, car won’t start, etc.);
- heavy traffic;
- returned for forgotten items;
- non-educational appts.
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.
- 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