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VHS Attendance Policy

Attendance (excerpt from the Student Code of Conduct)
Students are expected to arrive at school and all classes on time every day.

A. Excessive and Unexcused Tardiness or Absences to School or Class
Students are expected to attend all assigned classes every day. Absence from class includes late arrival, early dismissal
or being missing from any class. Justifiable reasons for non-attendance should be submitted to the school for each
absence, late arrival, or class absence. Absences from class require approval from an administrator. Unexcused tardiness
and/or skipping class are considered violations of compulsory attendance.

B. Compulsory Attendance
When a student accumulates five (5) unexcused absences, the parent or guardian will be contacted, and a meeting will
be scheduled to jointly develop a plan to resolve the student’s nonattendance. If the student is absent for more than one
(1) additional day after a plan has been developed to resolve the absences, a school conference will be held with the
administrator or his/her designee, parent or guardian and the student (if appropriate). The school conference will be held
no later than 10 school days after the student’s 10th absence.
The conference team will monitor the student’s attendance and may meet again as necessary to address concerns and plan
additional interventions. If attendance does not improve, a referral will be made to the attendance officer.
Upon receipt of a referral, the attendance officer will schedule a conference with the student and his/her parent or
guardian within 10 school days. Following this conference, the attendance officer may file a complaint with the juvenile
and domestic relations district court, alleging the pupil is a child in need of supervision or in institute proceedings
against the parent.

C. Truancy
All student absences are considered unexcused unless the parent either calls the school or sends a written note to provide
a justifiable reason for the absence within 24 hours of the absence. Acceptable excuses include the following:
• Illness ofstudent.
• Serious illness in family which necessitates absence of student.
• Death in family.
• Special and recognized religiousholidays.
• Other reasons approved byprincipal.
A written statement by a physician may be required when a student misses more than 10 days during the school year
because of illness.

D. Leaving School Property without Permission
Once a student arrives on school property, he/she may not leave without administrative permission prior to the end of
the regularly scheduled day. Students with early dismissals must sign out prior to leaving school. High school students
with written authorization from a parent or legal guardian, may sign themselves out; however, elementary/middle school
students must be signed out by a parent or legal guardian who must present a pictured ID card when picking a student
up from any school.