ATTENDANCE POLICY

Attendance Office:
Janet Mercer (847) 718-7772 or (847) 718-7775


Attendance Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 3:30pm
A twenty-four hour voice mail is also available.
Please leave your student's name, ID number, date and reason for the absence.

PHILOSOPHY

(ref. Board Policy Section 7:70)
The Board of Education authorizes the administration to develop and enforce procedures, which ensure regular student
attendance and accurate accounting for student absences. Attendance at school is required by state law. Being in the
classroom, doing the assigned work, and contributing to the class, all on a regular basis are important to success in school.
Only in the classroom can the student take full advantage of fellow classmates’ ideas, the teacher’s explanations, and
other material that enriches the class.


ATTENDANCE CODES

Excused Absences
PEX = Excused parental absence for illness, medical & dental appointment
LTE = Tardy, arrives to class within the first fifteen minutes without a pass
MED = Excused absence for illness, written documentation from doctor/dentist
EXE = Excused absence by parent request, non-medical reasons
ADM = Absence excused by Administration/school personnel
FT = Absence due to participation in an approved field trip
VAC = Vacation
HOM = Homebound
Unexcused Absences
CUT = Class cut
UNV = Absence is not accounted for, unauthorized within 48 hours
OSS = Absence due to out-of-school suspension
ISS = Absence due to in-school suspension
Unauthorized Absences
UNA = Did not follow procedures
After two unauthorized "UNA" absences in any class, subsequent unauthorized absences will be designated as unexcused,
and the student will move to the appropriate step on the attendance policy.

EXCUSED ABSENCES

If student is absent from school, his or her parents need to call the attendance office by 10:00 am on the day of the
absence, if at all possible. Authorized calls will be accepted by the attendance office up to 10:00 am the following day
after the absence. After 10:00am the next day, the absence will be considered as an unauthorized absence. Failure of a
parent to call will result in the absence being considered unexcused. An unexcused absence will result in a non-credit day.  Appeals may be made to the student’s assigned clinician.
Examples of excused absences include, but are not limited to:
Personal illness or other physical disablement (Note * section below)
Illness or death in the student’s family
Family emergency
Religious observances
Court appearances
Medical/Dental appointments (Follow prescribed procedures below)
Permission from Nurse to go home
Field Trip (Follow prescribed procedures below)
Student Services division approved activity
Administrator conference
Other specific excuses dependent on the judgment of the administrator/s or designees.
Excused absences allow for full make-up privileges, including a reasonable amount of help from teachers. The student
must take the initiative for securing any work missed during an excused absence.
Pre-Arranged Absences.
When it is necessary for a student to be absent from school, and this is known in advance, the Attendance office must
receive prior notification according to the following procedures in order for the absence to be excused:
A parent/guardian should notify the Attendance office prior to the date of the absence, indicating the reason for
the absence and its duration.
Late Arrival.
When arriving late, it is necessary for the student’s parent to call the Attendance Office and state the reason for the student
being late. The student then must sign in at the attendance office.
Period Absences.
Period absences must be accounted for by the supervising teacher or staff member. It is the student’s responsibility to see
that this occurs at the time of the absence by obtaining a pass from the teacher or staff member with whom they spend the
class period. If there is a discrepancy in the student’s attendance, the student must see the classroom teacher.
Leaving School During the School Day
When it is necessary for a student to leave during the school day, a parent call is required in the Attendance Office
PRIOR to the time of the student’s departure. We are unable to allow the student to leave the campus without verbal
parental authorization.
If the above procedures are not followed, the student’s absence may be coded as an UNA or UNV. Continued disregard
for the procedure will result in disciplinary action.
Medical or Dental Absences
When a student must miss school and has seen a doctor, the parent may choose to obtain medical documentation
verifying the appointment. The documentation should include the name of the student, the doctor, the date and time of the
treatment or the dates the student was under the doctor’s care.
This information can then be provided to the school upon the student’s return and be coded as an M for
medical. This may become important later if the student exceeds their ten days per semester of excused absences. After
ten excused days in any one semester, medical documentation will be required and a letter will be sent home explaining
the details of this policy.

GOING HOME SICK


Students who become ill or injured during the school day must request a pass from the classroom teacher in order to
access the School Nurse in the Health office. The nurse will then determine whether the student must go home due to
illness. If the nurse decides the student should go home, she (or her designee) will contact the parent/guardian. It will be
established at that time how the student will be transported home. The nurse will instruct the student to go to their locker
to obtain their belongings and then Attendance Office to sign out. Failure to follow this procedure will result in the
issuance of an unexcused absence and possible disciplinary action.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION


If a student is feeling sick and does not feel they are able to participate in PE, they must follow the guidelines below:
1. The student must attend PE and notify their assigned teacher of how they feel.
2. The student may ask their assigned teacher for a pass to the nurse.
3. If the student decides to not access the nurse, they will remain in the supervised PE area determined by their
assigned teacher.
If a parent feels that due to an illness or injury their student is not able to participate in PE, they must follow the guidelines
below:
1. The parent must send a note with their student to give to their PE teacher upon entering the class the day they are
wishing to not participate.
2. 1-10 school day doctor note.  A doctor note, which excuses a student from PE for 1-10 days, should be given to the student’s PE teacher. A
copy of the note is kept in the student’s health file.
3. Doctor notes longer than 10 school days. A doctor’s note excusing a student for more than 10 days must be given to the school nurse in the Health Office.
All notes should include a return date to PE.


UNEXCUSED/UNAUTHORIZED ABSENCES

Some absences that occur at the discretion of the student and/or parent may not be considered excused. The belief of
the school is that students benefit most from uninterrupted contact with their teachers in the learning environment.
Therefore, absences that occur for the following reasons will be considered unexcused or unauthorized, respecting the
parents’/guardians’ wishes to have their student out of school:
Examples of unauthorized absences may include but are not limited to:
* Class cutting * All day truancy
* Birthdays * Failure to sign in or sign out
* Job interview * Oversleeping
* Shopping trips * Missed school bus
* Beauty appointments (Dances) * Car trouble
* Baby-sitting * Late call
* Excessive parent calls * Runaways
* Extended lunch or breakfast * Undocumented health-related absences
* Senior Ditch Day * Pre-Approved Family Related Activity daysexceeding
the pre-approved limit
When an absence is unexcused, a student will be permitted to make up the work missed. Credit given for such work will
be at the discretion of the teacher who will establish reasonable time limits for its completion.
Ditch Day
Forest View Alternative School does not support a "senior ditch day." We ask parents to support us in taking a stance against
"ditch day." When an excessive number of students are out of class, their absence negatively impacts the educational
process in the building. Should a student make the decision to participate in "ditch day," the absence will be treated as
unexcused. Medical documentation may be requested to excuse any absence on such day.

 
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