School attendance is of utmost importance!
Four attendance issues are crucial:
· Unexcused absences
· A pattern of non-attendance
· A pattern of tardies
· A pattern of early sign outs
Parents/guardians must send a note or call in within 48 hours, or the student’s absence will be registered as unexcused. After five unexcused absences, parents/guardians will receive a letter addressed from the Broward Truancy Intervention Program listing a date and time for a meeting at the school with the principal or a principal’s designee to address this issue.
School staff will make every effort to assist the parents/guardians in getting a student to school. However, if the unexcused absences continue, the student can appear as truant.
After 10 unexcused absences, legal procedures may be initiated. Therefore, calling the attendance number, 754.321.7602, to excuse an absence is a necessity.
If a student has excused or unexcused absences, tardies, and early sign-outs that reach 30 hours or five days in one marking period or academic quarter (which averages approximately 45 days), he/she may be determined to have a “pattern of non-attendance.” Unless acceptable documentation is provided, a referral to the school social worker will ensue.
· After 5 unexcused absences - meeting at school
· After 10 unexcused absences - possible meeting at courthouse
· After 5 absences (including excused, unexcused, tardies, and early sign-outs)
in a marking period - determination of a pattern of non-attendance with required steps to follow.
If parents/guardians can provide explanations for their children’s absences that are reasonable, legal proceedings are not sought. However, parents/guardians, by law, must have their children attend school. Attendance is required.