South Plantation High School follows the Absence Reporting policy as stated in the Student's Code of Conduct for Broward County Public Schools.
Absences may be reported by telephone or written note. The report must come from a parent and give the date(s) of the absence(s) and the reason for the absence(s). Parents MUST report these absences within two (2) days, although school principals MAY make exceptions in cases of need. School staff members have a legal right to ask for a written medical excuse. For High School Only, absences for shared-time students must be reported to both schools.
Attendance Office (Automated)
Students must be in school. However, when it is necessary to be out of school, absences may be excused for one of the reasons listed below. (Students on field trips, in internal in-school suspension, or attending alternative-to-suspension programs are not considered absent.) Parents must report the absence the day before,the day of, orwithin 2 school daysfollowing the absence, orthe absencewill be considered unexcused. Any absence is unexcused until the school receives a telephone call or a note to excuse the absence. A reason for the absencemust be provided and absences can only be excused for one of the eight School Board allowed reasons for absences. Some situations will require written documentation from a private physician or public health unit. Excused absences include:
- Illness. Students who expect to miss at least 15 consecutive school days due to illness, a medical condition, or for social/emotional reasons, or who would miss excessive days intermittently throughout the school year for the same reasons and could benefit from instruction, should obtain a copy of the Hospital/Homebound referral packet from the Hospital/Homebound contact person at their school.
- Illness of an immediate family member.
- Death in the family.
- Religious holidays of the student’s specific faith.
- Required court appearance or subpoena by a law enforcement agency.
- Special event. Examples of special events include important public functions, education enrichment activities, conferences, state/national competitions, college/university campus tour/visit as well as exceptional cases of family need.
- Scheduled doctor or dentist appointments.
- Students having or suspected of having a communicable disease or infestation that can be transmitted are to be excluded from school and are not allowed to return to school until they no longer present a health hazard (F.S. 1003.22). Examples of communicable diseases and infestations include, but are not limited to, fleas, head lice, ringworm, impetigo, and scabies. Students are allowed a maximum of five (5) days excused absence for each infestation of head lice.
It is the responsibility of the school principal to ensure that parents are contacted after each unexcused absence and to ensure that there are specific, appropriate interventions as a result of each unexcused absence. Parents may receive letters to inform them of their student’s unexcused absences.
These letters are generated from official attendance records.
- Absences are excused only for the reasons previously listed. If absences are not excused, as defined in the previous section, the absences are considered unexcused. This does not apply to suspensions.
- Students without a completed Certificate of Immunization indicating compliance with the current required schedule of immunizations will not be allowed to attend classes until the certificate is provided or a waiver is obtained. Students who receive the first shot in a series of immunizations but who are late obtaining subsequent shots will be given 3 days grace period after which they will be excluded from school and the resulting absences will be considered unexcused.
- For Secondary Only, students 14-18 years of age who drop out of school or who have 15 unexcused absences within 90 calendar days and have a driver’s license or driver’s permit will have their driving privileges suspended by the Division of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles or will not be issued a license or permit if they apply for one. Additional information about procedures and waivers is available from school administration or guidance offices.
For School Board policies regarding the earning of grades and credits for make-up work, related to absences, field trips and suspensions, see policies 5.5: Attendance and 6000.1: Student Progression Plan.