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The board of education believes that attendance in regularly scheduled classes is a key factor in student achieve­ment.  Thus, any absence from those classes represents an educational loss to the student.  The board recognizes, however, that the cocurricular program of the school also has educational benefit.  Therefore, it shall be the policy of this board to minimize absenteeism from regular classes while providing students the opportunity to participate in cocurricular activities.


The superintendent is directed to develop, for board approval, regulations that support this policy.


In accordance with the policy of the board of education, each student in High School and Junior High School (See FDC-R2 for K-6) is required to attend each class a minimum of 80% of the time in order to receive credit for that class.  A maximum of 17 days a semester may be missed for excused absences, school activ­ities, absence by arrangement, unexcused absences, or truancy in any one class.




Excused absence will be granted for the following reasons:


   1.       Personal or family illnesses


   2.       Medical appointments


   3.       Legal matters, including service on a grand, multicounty grand, or petit jury *


   4.       Extenuating circumstances deemed necessary by the principal


   5.       Observance of holidays required by student's religious affiliation.


It is the responsibility of the parent to notify the school by _____ a.m./p.m. if a child is to be absent for one of the above reasons.  The school will contact those students' parents who do not call.  If no contact is made, the parent must send a note or call the day the child returns before the student can be excused.  The student may promptly make up all work missed without penalty.  It is the responsibility of the student, on the day of return, to make arrangements to see that the work is made up.


School Activity


   1.       The student will be allowed to be absent from the classroom for a maximum of ten days per semester to participate in activities sponsored by the school.


   2.       The student will be allowed to make up any work missed while participating.


Absence by Arrangement


These are absences in which the parents deem it necessary that a child miss school for reasons other than those that fall within an excused absence.






   1.       A student may take up to 5 days of absences by arrangement per semester.


   2.       A student may make up all work missed without penalty.  It is up to the student, on the day of return, to make arrangements to see that the work is made up.


   3.       In order to take an absence by arrangement, the parent, or guardian, must submit, at least two days prior to the absence, a written request for the student to be absent.  If the request is not made as required, the absence will be treated as an unexcused absence.


   4.       Absences by arrangement will count against a student's exemption from semester tests.


Unexcused Absence


This is any absence that does not fall within one of the above categories.  Work may be made up.  Seventy-five percent of the grade will be counted.  Twelve unexcused absences will result in that student not receiving credit in that class for the semester.




A student is considered truant when absent from the classroom with­out the knowledge of either the school or the parent. 




   1.       A student is tardy who is not in the student's seat when the bell to begin the period sounds.


   2.       A student who is more than 15 minutes late is counted absent for the period.


   3.       Each 4 tardies will constitute an unexcused absence from that class.



Any student who exceeds the 17 day limit may appeal to the board of education for reinstate­ment of credit.  Consideration will be given as to the reason for the absences as well as to the attempts by parents to minimize the absenteeism.





* REFERENCE:  38 O.S. §37