Tardy Policy – 2013-2014
Students will be given one (1) emergency tardy each semester. After the student has utilized their emergency tardy, the following will occur:
1st Tardy 30 minutes
2nd Tardy 45 minutes
3rd Tardy 60 minutes
4th Tardy Friday School
5 or More Administrative Action
ü If the student fails to serve his/her detention, the student will be issued a Friday School.
ü If student fails to serve Friday School, the student will be placed in ISS (In School Suspension) for one day.
v Mill Valley High School will conduct a Friday School as one optional disciplinary consequence.
v Students must arrive by 3:00 P.M. with enough school related work to engage in until 5pm.
v Failure to successfully complete the assigned Friday Night school will result in further consequences.
v Students are responsible for making their own transportation arrangements
Attendance – 2013-2014
Regular attendance is an important part of education. Only by attending classes can a student receive the full benefit of instruction. Class participation is one of the areas of student performance used to determine grades. Students are expected to attend all classes every day. Families are urged to schedule vacations and appointments for students when school is not in session.
School officials determine what constitutes an excusable absence.
A call from parents does not guarantee the student will be excused.
Regular attendance is required of all pupils enrolled in elementary and secondary school under Kansas compulsory attendance statutes (KSA 72-1113). It is a parental responsibility under Kansas statutes (KSA 72-1113) to require the regular school attendance “of any child who has reached the age of seven (7) years and is under the age of eighteen (18) years,” unless the child is exempted by statute.
· Parents will be notified by a letter after five and again after ten absences making them aware of their student’s attendance record.
· A student who is absent from class or school without an excusable reason, as outlined above, will be considered unexcused.
· An unexcused absence for one or more classes will receive disciplinary consequences and credit may not be given.
The State of Kansas delegates to the Board of Education the responsibility of determining reasons for excusable absences. The following are reasons for excusable absence:
1. Personal illness. A physician’s note will be required for chronic absenteeism.
2. Serious illness or death of a member of the family or close friend.
3. Obligatory religious observance of the student’s own faith.
4. Participation in a school approved activity.
5. Physician or dentist appointments that can be verified by appointment card.
6. Court appearance that can be verified through court services’ officer.
7. Verifiable, emergency situations requiring immediate action. Limit of five.
8. An absence which has been requested in writing and approved in advance by the building administrator.
An unexcused absence is one that has been classified as such by the school administration. An absence will be classified unexcused if it does not fit one of the board of education’s eight stated reasons for excusable absence or if the school attendance procedure is not followed by the student and the parent/guardian.
A student is inexcusably absent if:
(a) such absence is not excusable under the rules of the board of education
(b) he/she leaves school during school hours without permission
(c) he/she does not attend class
(d) he/she does not attend a required conference or detention period
(e) he/she fails to comply with school attendance procedures.
Some examples of unexcused absences may include:
· missing your ride to school
· car trouble, shopping
· paying fines
· errands and studying
Unexcused absences of three days in succession, five days per semester or seven days per year shall result in a truancy report being filed with the appropriate authorities.
All absences that have not been excused by 2:30 p.m. on the day of the absence will be listed as unexcused the following day. It is the responsibility of the student and parent or guardian to have an unexcused absence cleared with the attendance office within 24 hours or the absence will remain unexcused permanently. Students that are thirty or more minutes late to class will be listed as absent unexcused.
Students that arrive to school after the appointed time for the first class to begin (7:50 a.m.) are tardy. Interpretation of student tardiness shall be made by the teacher responsible for the class and by the school administration.Any student arriving to school after the starting time must report to the office to obtain a tardy slip before going to the classroom. Failure to sign-in will result in an unexcused absence.
Appointments should be scheduled outside the school day. Students needing to leave school for an excusable reason must furnish the office with advanced parental verification for office approval. Students must come to the office and “sign-out”. Students returning to school must “sign-in” and provide a verification note to the office. Any student who leaves campus without receiving approval and signing out will be considered unexcused. Students 30 or more minutes late are considered absent and are subject to administrative consequences.
Students are not allowed to check out for lunch.