Students who are six by September 1st must attend school every day of the 180-day school year until their 16th birthday. Florida Statute 232.09 establishes that the parent/legal guardian of a child of compulsory age is responsible for the child's daily school attendance.
Absences must be reported within 48 hours by telephone, written note, or email. The report must come from a parent and give the date(s) and reason for the absence. Five (5) or more unexcused absences will result in the implementation of the BTIP (Broward Truancy Intervention Program).
Students with five unexcused absences in any marking period are to be referred by the principal/designee to the school Social Worker for intervention and possible referral to the agency designated in state law for further action. That action may include but is not limited to, referral for court action due to truancy.
Tardy PolicyTardiness 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.
All students arriving after 8:25 a.m. must report to the office before going to the classroom so that the tardy can be recorded on their attendance. Students with six (6) or more tardies will receive a detention letter. Tardiness to any class without documentation may be considered unexcused.