90% Attendance Required §25.092
Students are required by state law to be in attendance at least 90% of school days each year regardless of the excuse. Students who attend school regularly and participate in classroom activities have the opportunity to absorb knowledge.
Students in grades K-8 may not receive credit and may not be promoted if he/she has been in attendance fewer than 90% of the school days per year. Students in grades 9-12 who do not maintain 90% attendance in each class per semester may not be promoted or receive credit for a semester course. After absences exceed the number of days allotted the parent will be notified by letter.
A student who attends at least 75 percent but fewer than 90 percent of the days the class is offered may receive credit or a final for the class if he or she completes a plan, approved by the principal that allows the student to fulfill the instructional requirements for the class. A student may be assigned an alternative learning activity, tutorials, to maintain the attendance standards the rest of the semester, take a credit by exam test, attend Saturday School, or Summer School to ensure compliance. If a student is involved in a criminal or juvenile court proceeding, the approval of the judge presiding over the case will also be required before the student receives credit or a final grade for the class.
If a student attends less than 75 percent of the days a class is offered or has not completed the plan approved by the principal, then the student will be referred to the attendance review committee to determine whether there are extenuating circumstances for the absences and how the student can regain credit or a final grade lost because of the absences. [See policy FEC.]
When a student has excessive absences for personal illness that EXCEED five (5) consecutive days or a total of ten (10) days per year, the principal and/or attendance committee may consider this as a questionable pattern of absences and require a physician's or clinic's statement of illness after a single day's absence as a condition of classifying the absence as one for which there are extenuating circumstances. If the Medical Note Required status stands and the student continues to be absent for personal illness without providing a doctor's note, unexcused absences will begin accumulating and could result in the student receiving a compulsory attendance notification letter.
All absences, whether excused or unexcused, must be considered in determining whether a student has attended the required percentage of days. In determining whether there were extenuating circumstances for the absences, the attendance committee will use the following guidelines:
• If makeup work is completed, absences for the reasons listed above at Excused/Exempt Absences §25.087 will be considered extenuating circumstances for purposes of attendance for credit or the award of a final grade;
• A transfer or migrant student begins to accumulate absences only after he or she has enrolled in the district;
• In reaching a decision about a student’s absences, the committee will attempt to ensure that it is in the best interest of the student;
• The committee will consider the acceptability and authenticity of documented reasons for the student’s absences;
• The committee will consider whether the absences were for reasons over which the student or the student’s parent could exercise any control;
• The committee will consider the extent to which the student has completed all assignments, mastered the essential knowledge and skills and maintained passing grades in the course or subject; and
• The student or parent will be given an opportunity to present any information to the committee about the absences and to talk about ways to earn or regain credit or a final grade.
The student or parent may appeal the committee’s decision to the board by following policy FNG(LOCAL). The actual number of days a student in grades 9-12 must be in attendance in order to receive credit or a final grade will depend on the number of days in each semester.