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501.11 - Student Absences Excused




Regular attendance by students is essential for them to obtain the maximum opportunities from the education program. Parents and students alike are encouraged to ensure an absence from school is a necessary absence. Students shall attend school unless excused by the principal of their attendance center.

Student absences approved by the principal shall be excused absences. Excused absences will count as days in attendance for purposes of the truancy law. These absences include but are not limited to illness, family emergencies, dental, medical appointments, recognized religious observances, and school-sponsored or approved activities.

The district believes that traditional, in-person school attendance leads to the greatest learning opportunities for students. However, there may be rare and unusual circumstances created by public emergencies declared by state or local officials which temporarily prevent students from attending traditional, in-person school. In these circumstances, the superintendent [or designee] will have discretion to make reasonable accommodations for students, on a case-by-case basis, to attend school through remote learning opportunities within the available resources of the district and as permitted by law. During approved remote learning attendance will be taken, assessments may be administered, and grades will count towards the students’ cumulative grade point average as if they were attending in person. The provision of special education and accommodations for students who have individualized education programs (IEPs) or Section 504 plans will be determined by each respective IEP or Section 504 team.

Students whose absences are approved will make up the schoolwork missed and receive full credit upon completion. It will be the responsibility of the student to initiate a procedure with their teacher to complete the missed work.

Students who wish to participate in school-sponsored activities must attend half or more of their classes the day of the activity unless permission has been given by the principal for the student to be absent.

It is the responsibility of the parents to notify the student's attendance center as soon as they know the student will not be attending school on that day. The principal may request evidence or written verification of the student's reason for absence.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principals, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

Adopted: 9/98
Reviewed: 5/11; 3/12; 7/13; 10/14; 1/15; 10/17
Revised: 9/20
Related Policy (Code #): 500.1; 501.1
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 294.4; 299; 281 IAC 12.3(4); 34 CFR Sec 300; 28 CFR Pt 35
IASB Reference: 501.9