Attendance Policies

2016-2017 School Year

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At Winslow and Petersburg Elementary Schools...

- Attendance -

The attendance policy at Pike County Elementary School is based on the premise that something important happens each day in each class.  Research has proven that there is a direct relationship between good attendance and successful academic achievement.  The following attendance policy has been developed to promote good school attendance.

  • A 5-day letter will be issued by mail to the parents of every student who reaches five unexcused absences within a school year.
  • An 8-day letter will be issued by mail to the parents of every student who reaches 8 unexcused absences within the school year.  Parents must call the school and arrange a conference with the school principal.
  • At 10 days the corporation's attendance officer will contact you to report that the student has reached the state's maximum days of absences.
  • Any additional absences may be reported to the Prosecutor and Pike County review board if deemed necessary for the child's academic needs.

It is the parent's responsibility to call the school by 9:00 a.m. the day a child is absent.

- Classification of Absences -

Documented absences not counted toward the county attendance policy

  • Medical, dental, and/or other clinical appointments for the students.  A statement from the doctor or therapist must verify appointments.
  • Student illness, hospitalization, or surgery documented by a statement from the doctor.
  • Funerals of relatives or friends must be verified in writing by the parent.
  • Court appearances where the student is required to attend.  Proper paperwork from the Court is required.
  • If found mentally and physically unfit.
  • Illness or mental or physical incapacity is an authorized excuse providing the parent or guardian produces a certificate of the incapacity to the attendance officer within (6) days after it is demanded.  Valid if signed by an Indiana Physician or by an individual holding a license to practice osteopathy or chiropractic in this state or by a Christian Science practitioner who resides in Indiana and is listed in the Christian Science Journal.


Tardy Policy:A child will be considered tardy in the morning after the tardy bell rings at 8:15 a.m.

  • A child will be considered tardy in the afternoon if they leave before the dismissal bell.

Tardies:

  • A 5-day letter will be issued by mail to the parents of every student who reaches five tardies within a year.
  • An 8-day letter will be issued by mail requesting a conference with the attendance officer, school counselor, or principal.
  • At 10 days, the Corporation's attendance officer will contact you.

 


At Pike Central Middle School ...

- Attendance -

All students at Pike Central are expected to attend school on a regular basis to receive maximum benefits of the educational process. The attributes of punctuality, dependability, and reliability are characteristics that are respected in our society and therefore are part of the educational process.

Any time a student is absent, the parent should call the office (354-8478) on the day of the absence, or submit a parental note the day the student returns to school. In the event the student was under the care of a physician, dentist, court official, etc., a written statement verifying the absence must be presented. These days will be included in the ten-day limit per school year.

- Policies -

A student under eighteen (18) years of age is to be in attendance every school day as prescribed by the school attendance law.  However, for those students who have an absence or tardy, the following procedures will be followed:

  1. Students are permitted a maximum of ten (10) unexcused absences per year.
  2. When a student has been absent five (5) times in a semester, a letter will notify the parent(s)/guardian(s).
  3. After eight (8) absences, a letter will again notify the parent(s)/guardian(s).
  4. When ten (10) absences occur, the parent(s)/guardian(s) will be notified in writing.
  5. Abscenes beyond ten (10) days unexcused will result in notification of the Attendance Enforcement Panel.
  6. Days of absence covered under IC 20-8.1-3-18 will not be counted toward the ten (10) days unexcused per year total.
    1. OSS-ISS
    2. As a helper to a political candidate during election days
    3. Court appearance
    4. Active duty with the Indiana National Guard
    5. Funeral in the immediate family
    6. Attendance at religious instruction
    7. Certificate of incapacity by an Indiana physician
  7. Students who are absent from school unless covered under I.C. 20-8.1-3-18 shall not attend school related activities that evening.
  8. All notes from parents must be submitted within three (3) days after the student returns, or the absence will be considered truancy.

 

- Make Up Work -

 

  1. Absence - This work must be made up. Failure to do so should result in an incomplete grade. All tests and quizzes may be made up.
  2. In-School Suspension (ISS) - All work missed must be made up during the day of ISS and credit will be given.
  3. Out-of-School Suspension (OSS) - All work missed must be made up although credit will not be given. Failure to do so should result in an incomplete grade.
  4. When a student is absent for a specific number of days, that student will have equal to the amount of days missed to turn in make-up work beginning after the first day that student returns.

- Tardy Policy -

Definition of tardy: Reporting late to school or late to class. If a student is more than ten (10) minutes late to class, they should be counted absent.

  1. A student is considered tardy if he or she is not in their assigned room at the designated time the period is to start. A tardy will be excused if a teacher or office personnel excusing the tardy sign a valid pass. The time on the pass will indicate whether the student has gone directly to class.
  2. Each teacher will explain the tardy policy to students at the beginning of the school year. Unexcused tardies will be recorded in the teachers grade book.
  3. Each teacher will notify and decide the form of discipline to be given for the tardies in a particular class for a student.

 

- Definitions:  Detention, Suspension, Expulsion & Saturday School -

Detention - Serving time studying or working before, during or after school or during lunch for something wrongly done. All work can be made-up.

In-School Suspension - Serving time during the day in a special classroom that has more restrictions placed on the student. Work can be made-up.

Out-of-School-Suspension - Serving time away from school during the day. Credit is not granted for missed work.

Expulsion - Student is denied attendance at school for the remainder of the semester or year. Full credit is taken away.

Saturday School - Supervised detention on specified Saturdays.

 

- Habitual Truancy Policy -

The Pike County School board has defined a habitual truant as one who willfully fails to attend school in defiance of PARENTAL AUTHORITY.

Public Law IC 9-24-2-1 provides that the Bureau of Motor Vehicles may not issue a driver's license or learner's permit to a student who is:

  1. Less than eighteen (18) years of age;
  2. A habitual truant; and
  3. Identified to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles by the student's principal. Building principals will determine that a student is a habitual truant;

A. When that student has been truant from school three (3) times in any one semester, or four (4) times in a school year; and

B. A student who is absent from a class period beyond 10 minutes without an excuse constitutes a truancy; and

C. The student will be identified as a habitual truant following an administrative conference with the student and his/her parent/guardian.

Note:  A student identified as a habitual truant is entitled to a review of his/her attendance record at least once a year to determine if the student's attendance has improved so that the student may become eligible for a driver's license or learner s permit.

 


 

Pike Central High School Attendance Policy ...

All students at Pike Central are expected to attend school on a regular basis to receive maximum benefits of their educational process. The attributes of punctuality, dependability, and reliability are characteristics that are respected in our society and therefore are a part of the educational process. Carelessness in attendance frequently causes carelessness in habits of study, work and often leads to failure. All students are expected to display responsibility by being punctual (to school and classes) and attend school regularly.

Any time a student is absent, the proper procedures should be followed for the absence to be excused:

  1. If a parent knows a student will be absent in advance, a PRE-ARRANGED ABSENCE must be completed and returned to the front ATTENDANCE OFFICE prior to the absence.
  2. Any other absence should be verified by a PHONE CALL to the ATTENDANCE OFFICE (354-8478) on the day of the absence or by a PARENTAL NOTE submitted within three days of the absence. *** NOTE *** Parent(s) or Guardian signature must be on file in ATTENDANCE OFFICE. See Student Handbook.
  3. ALL absences must be verified by the ATTENDANCE OFFICE within three days (72 hours) after returning to school or they will be classified as an UNEXCUSED ABSENCE or TRUANCY.
  4. ATTENDANCE will be taken EACH PERIOD by the classroom teacher.  Pike County truancy/Educational Neglect Enforcement Policy will be in place. A copy of this policy is available at the high school.

- Policies -

A student under eighteen (18) years of age unless emancipated is to be in attendance EVERY SCHOOL DAY as prescribed by the school attendance law. For those students who have an absence or tardy, the following procedures will be followed:

  1. Students are permitted a maximum of 10 absences per semester before losing credit.
  2. Excused and unexcused absences will count toward the student's absences. Unexcused absences are counted from the 1st day of school until the last day of school. Three tardies count as one absence.
  3. If a student reaches 10 absences, he or she must obtain a written medical notice, given by the administration to be filled out by the physician. *** NOTE: Medical notice is not the same as a doctor's excuse.
  4. When a student has been absent 6 times from any class in a semester, a letter will notify the parent(s) and/or guardian(s). Teachers will notify the attendance office when a student has missed their class 6 times within the semester period.
  5. When a student has 10 absences in any class the parent(s) and/or guardian(s) will be notified by letter and/or phone call that the student will lose credit(s) if the Certificate of Incapacity is not filled out and/or approved upon the next absence.
  6. If loss of credit occurs, the student will remain in the classroom and receive a (NM) but do the work as required and not become a discipline problem. The course will not count against the student's Grade Point Average (GPA). If the student becomes a discipline problem, then other discipline consequences will occur. Failure to comply with school action may result in suspen-sion and/or expulsion from school due to insubordination. If loss of credit occurs, the student may lose driving privileges and the privilege of attending prom.
  7. Absences beyond the 10 day per semester, truancies or suspended twice in a semester/year may result in notification to:
    1. Div ision of Child and Family Services
    2. Pike County Probation Department
    3. Bureau of Motor Vehicles (Driver's License suspended or Learner's Permit denied/suspended.)
    4. May revoke work permit
  8. OSS-Out of School Suspens ion will not count toward student's 10 absences.
  9. Students who are absent from school unless covered under I.C. 20-8.1-3-18 (Being a Page or Honoree of the Indiana General Assembly) or school approved activity (example: Field Trips, etc.) SHALL NOT attend school related activities that evening.
  10. All notes (when a student returns to school) or phone calls on the day of the absence are re-quired for all absences as confirmation of the parent/guardian having knowledge of the absence.
  11. Pre-arranged absence(s) will count toward a student's absence(s)
  12. A student leaving school without prior permission and/or without the approval of the nurse and/or administration will be counted as truant/unexcused.
  13. College days are permitted but must be taken by the end of April and do NOT count toward the student's 10 days. Seniors are permitted two (2) college days and Juniors are permitted one (1) College day. They must have a pre-arranged absence turned in prior to the visit and must show verification of the college visit to the Attendance Office for an excused absence.
  14. Working election polls for a candidate will not count as an absence IF the proper paperwork is obtained from the Attendance Office and turned in by the Friday before the elections. Working the polls must be verified by the candidate.
  15. Funerals for immediate family (mother, father, siblings, and grandparents) will not count as an absence. Other emergencies will be taken under advisement as needed.
  16. With prior approval, getting your driver's license will not count as an absence. Any other visit to the license branch will be counted as an unexcused absence.
  17. Emergency situations will be taken under advisement.
  18. After ten (10) unexcused absences from the 1st day of school until prom, a student will NOT be allowed to attend prom.
  19. After twenty-five (25) excused and/or unexcused absences from the 1st day of school until prom, a student will NOT be allowed to attend prom.
  20. After fourteen (14) tardies accumulated in a semester, a student will NOT be allowed to attend prom.