At the 5th unexcused absence, a contact will be attempted by the school to arrange a meeting or phone conference in order to determine if there will be further challenges to getting to school and steps we can make together to reduce further unexcused absences.
Note: If you plan to take an out of town trip or a college visit, please consider the following:
Frequency. Is this absence a rare treat, or a regular event?
Length. How long will your child be out of school? A few days may be reasonable for some children, but for others, the loss of those same days could set them up for long-term academic struggle.
Ability. Will your child be overwhelmed by the missed instruction or collaboration with classmates? Does your child tend to get anxious or upset by situations like this? Take her temperament and ability into account.
Grade. Missing three days during first grade is not the same thing as missing three days during junior year of high school. Additionally, if your child is on a block schedule, those three days could easily equal an entire week or more of a semester schedule.
For more information about chronic absences, available resources, and what action you can take to help prevent chronic absence, visit the Attendance Works website.