Attendance

  • Responsibilities Students have a responsibility to attend all classes. Students have a responsibility to be on time for school and all classes. Students have a responsibility to ask their parents to notify the school when they are absent. Students have a responsibility to ask teachers for, and to complete, make-up assignments, in accordance with the guidelines from MakeUp Work, within Section I. Students have a responsibility to get medical advice and/or counseling about how to adjust their schooling for marriage, pregnancy, and parenthood. Students having or suspected of having a communicable disease are not allowed to attend school. In order to return to school, parents must obtain a doctor’s note stating that the student is no longer contagious. Chickenpox is the only infectious disease that does not require a doctor’s note
     
    Attendance Line: (754) 323-2602
     
     
    RULES
    The School Board of Broward County, Florida stresses the importance that all students attend school regularly and remain in school until they graduate from high school. However, “a child who attains the age of 16 years [or age specified by state statute, whichever is older] during the school year is not subject to compulsory school attendance beyond the date upon which he or she attains that age if the child files a formal declaration of intent to terminate school enrollment with the District’s School Board. The declaration must acknowledge that terminating school enrollment is likely to reduce earning potential and must be signed by the child and the child’s parent. The school district must notify the child’s parent of receipt of the child’s declaration of intent to terminate school enrollment” (F.S. 1003.21). Declaration of Intent Forms are available at each school’s administration office. Also be aware that students who drop out of school are not eligible to receive a driver’s license or driver’s permit or will have their license or permit revoked. NON-ATTENDANCE AND EARLY SIGNS OF TRUANCY IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE IN SCHOOL EVERY DAY. If your child is not in school, he or she MAY BE showing early signs of truancy through a pattern of non-attendance (SB Policy 5.5).
     
     
    TARDINESS  
    Tardiness is disruptive to the learning environment and can have a negative impact on student achievement. Tardiness may also count toward establishing a pattern of non-attendance that may indicate early signs of truancy. A pattern of non-attendance may be established by an accumulation of tardiness, absences (excused and unexcused), and early sign outs that exceed five (5) days in a marking period or ten (10) days in two (2) marking periods. 
     
    1. A tardy is excused for the same reasons that an absence is excused. Excused absences/tardiness include: illness, illness of an immediate family member, death in the family, religious holidays of the student’s faith, required court appearance or subpoena by a law enforcement agency, special event, scheduled doctor or dentist appointments, or communicable disease. In extenuating circumstances, principals and/or their designee may also excuse a tardy for reasons other than those stated if documentation is provided. Parents must follow the same process to excuse a tardy as they do to excuse an absence. 
     
    2. Tardiness is defined as a student not being in the classroom when classes are scheduled to begin. A student who has an excused tardy (note or telephone call) should report directly to class after first checking in at the designated check-in area of the school. 
     
    3. Excessive tardiness will be addressed on a case-by-case basis to determine if there is a pattern of non-attendance. 4. Tardiness to any class without documentation may be considered unexcused.
     
    EARLY SIGN OUTS
    When students are signed out early on an ongoing basis, their academic performance may be negatively impacted. The school system strongly encourages parents to ensure their student is in school for the full school day every day. Signing out early may count toward establishing a pattern of non-attendance that may indicate early signs of truancy. A pattern of non-attendance may be established by an accumulation of tardiness, absences (excused and unexcused), and early sign outs that exceeds five (5) days in a marking period or ten (10) days in two (2) marking periods. 
     
    1. All schools will establish procedures for early release that ensure that all students are treated consistently. 
     
    2. Students shall not be released after 2:00 pm unless the principal/designee determines that it is an emergency or the student has a medical/dental appointment that cannot be reasonably scheduled at another time. 
     
    3. Excessive early sign outs will be addressed on a case-by-case basis to determine if there is a pattern of non-attendance.
     
    4. NO TELEPHONE CALLS will be accepted to sign students out. Parents or guardians must present themselves with a valid identification at the front office to pick up their student.
     
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