School Attendance Regulations / Credit Denial

Most students and parents would agree that frequent absences from regular classroom learning experiences disrupt the continuity of the instructional process. The benefit of regular classroom instruction is lost and cannot be entirely regained.

Attendance at school is essential to achieve success in the classroom. Therefore, students are required to attend all classes. Should a student accumulate a total of ten (10) days of unexcused or unlawful absence during a full credit course, or five (5) days during a one-half credit course, he/she may not receive academic credit towards graduation. Classes missed as a result of unexcused/unlawful lateness to school are counted as part of these totals.

Therefore, students who are excessively absent from any given course may be denied academic credit for that course. Credit for semester courses will be denied if a student’s absenteeism is excessive. Naturally, special consideration will be given to those students who are seriously ill. If a student is denied credit for any or all of his/her courses, the student may appeal, in writing, to the principal. A decision to deny or restore credit will be handled on a case by case basis after reviewing the student's attendance record and any circumstances that have affected the student's ability to attend school.

Students absent or tardy as a result of truancy will be subject to immediate disciplinary action.