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									                                                                        FILE: JBD-R
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                           ABSENCES AND EXCUSES

ABSENCES

Any time a student is absent from school, he/she must have a written excuse for
that absence from parent or legal guardian or attending physician. This also
includes parts of days missed. (Example: checking in or out.) Doctor's excuses
are to be sent in within seven (7) days following visit to doctor. All excuses must
include the first date of treatment and the discharging date. Doctors’ excuses will
not be accepted after this period of time.

 1st day         The student is notified when he/she returns to school to bring a
                 note from parent and/or guardian.

 2nd day         The school may contact the parent and/or guardian.

 3rd day         The absence becomes unexcused.

EXCUSES

A.    Absenteeism will be excused on the basis of state and parish approved
      reasons for being absent.

        1.    Personal illness.
        2.    Extreme illness in the immediate family.
        3.    Death in the immediate family.
        4.    Recognized religious holidays.
        5.    School sponsored activities.
        6.    Extenuating circumstances (See JBD)

B.    Excuses will be given by the principal or his/her designee for any of the
      above reasons based on a note from the parent, guardian, or attending
      physician.

C.    Excused absences (as marked on excuse form from the office), students will
      have an opportunity within three (3) days of return to make up missed work,
      including tests. It is the responsibility of students to ask teacher for make up
      work.

D.    On excuse forms marked "unexcused" no make up work will be allowed and
      zero will automatically be given for any test missed and averaged into the
      student's grade accordingly.
E.    Students who elect not to bring an excuse from home or a doctor's note will
      automatically receive a zero "0" and item D will apply.



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F.     Students with "excessive absences," and/or three (3) unexcused absences
       accumulated will be reported to the parish Child Welfare and Attendance
       office.

G.     A student must be in school either four (4) periods or the equivalent of 2/3 of
       his/her student day to be counted present and to be allowed participation in
       extracurricular activities.

H.     A student has up to seven (7) school days (up to 12 days if doctor or
       hospital is out of local area) from time of re-entry to school to bring a doctor's
       excuse. The doctor's excuse should contain the date of first day of
       treatment and the date of the last day of treatment or discharge.

I.     The school will notify parents after a child has missed three (3) days of
       unexcused absence.

J.     The school will notify parents after a child has missed five (5) school days in
       schools operating on a semester basis and ten (10) school days in schools
       not operating on a semester basis. If verbal notification cannot be made, the
       school shall provide written notification to a child's parent, tutor, or legal
       guardian of such absences.


Revised:   July, 1988
Revised:   June, 1992
Revised:   January, 1996
Revised:   June 18, 1996
Revised:   August, 2007
Revised:   April 2008


Ref:   Board minutes, 9-6-88, 6-18-96




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                                                                        FILE: JBD
                                                               Cf: JB, JBA, JBD-R

                            ABSENCES AND EXCUSES


The Tangipahoa Parish School Board recognizes that the fundamental right to
attend the public schools places upon students the accompanying responsibility to
be faithful in attendance. Regular attendance can be assumed to be essential for a
student's successful progress in the instructional program.

For a student to be eligible to receive credit and make up work during an absence,
the student shall be required in each instance to submit parental confirmation of the
reasons for the absence. Students not excused shall be given failing grades in
those subjects for those days missed, provided a graded activity was conducted
during the unexcused absence, and shall not be given an opportunity to make up
the work missed.

Excused absences can only be granted in the event of extenuating circumstances
as outlined below. School personnel may require certificates from participating
physicians and dentists substantiating all illnesses. Written evidence from church
authorities relative to requiring religious observances may also be required.

All schools shall keep daily records of attendance, verified by the teacher keeping
such records which shall be open to inspection by the visiting teacher or Supervisor
of Child Welfare and Attendance. Each school shall attempt to provide verbal
notification, and if such verbal notification cannot be provided, then shall provide
written notification to a child's parent, tutor, or legal guardian when that child had
been excessively absent from school for five (5) school days in schools operating
on a semester basis, and for ten (10) days in schools not operating on a semester
basis.

Students missing school as result of any suspension shall be counted as absent,
shall be given failing grades for those days suspended, provided a graded activity
was conducted during the suspension, and shall not be given an opportunity to
make up work missed during the suspension.

No public elementary or secondary school pupil shall be permitted for any reason
to absent himself/herself from school attendance during the school day upon
his/her own authority. The principal or designee shall make all reasonable efforts
to verbally notify the parent or other person responsible for the pupil's school
attendance of any such prohibited absence by a pupil.




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EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES

The only exception to the attendance regulation shall be the delineated extenuating
circumstances that are verified by the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance,
which are as follow:

1.    Extended personal physical or emotional illness as verified by a physician or
      dentist.

2.    Extended hospital stay as verified by a physician or dentist.

3.    Extended recuperation from an accident as verified by a physician or dentist.

4.    Extended contagious disease within a family as verified by a physician or
      dentist.

5.    Prior school system approved travel for education.

6.    Death in the family (not to exceed one week).

7.    Natural catastrophe and/or disaster.

8.    For any other extenuating circumstances, parents must make a formal
      appeal in accordance with the due process procedures established by the
      school system.

Students who are verified as meeting extenuating circumstances and therefore
eligible to receive grades shall not receive those grades if they are unable to
complete makeup work or pass the course.

ABSENCES DUE TO SCHOOL APPROVED ACTIVITIES

Students participating in school approved activities which necessitate their being
away from school shall be considered to be present and shall be given the
opportunity to make up work.




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TYPES OF ABSENCES

The days absent for elementary and secondary school students shall include
temporarily excused absences, unexcused absences, and suspensions.

Temporarily Excused Absences

Students shall be considered temporarily excused from school for personal illness,
serious illness in the family, death in the family (not to exceed one week), or for
recognized religious holidays of the student's own faith and shall be given the
opportunity to make up work.

Unexcused Absences

Students shall not be excused for any absence other than those listed under
temporarily excused absences above, and shall be given failing grades in those
subjects for those days missed, and shall not be given an opportunity to make up
work.

Students shall not be excused from school to work on any job including agriculture
and domestic service, even in their own homes or for their own parents or tutors.

Absences Due to Suspensions

Students missing school as a result of any suspension shall be counted as absent,
shall be given failing grades for those days suspended, and shall not be given an
opportunity to make up work.

Revised: December, 1995


Ref:   La. Rev. Stat. Ann.§§17:221, 17:226, 17:227, 17:232
       Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators, Bulletin 741, Louisiana
          Department of Education




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                                                                              FILE: JBD
                                                                            Cf: JB, JBA
                                                                        Cf: JBD-R, JBDA


                        STUDENT ABSENCES AND EXCUSES


The Tangipahoa Parish School Board recognizes that the fundamental right to attend
the public schools places upon students the accompanying responsibility to be faithful
in attendance. Regular attendance can be assumed to be essential for a student's
successful progress in the instructional program. A student is considered to be in
attendance when he or she (1) is physically present at a school site or is participating in
an authorized school activity and (2) is under the supervision of authorized personnel.

This definition for attendance would extend to students who are homebound, assigned
to and participating in drug rehabilitation programs that contain a state-approved
education component, or participating in school-authorized field trips or other school-
approved activities.

       •      Half-day attendance - A student is considered to be in attendance for
              one-half day when he or she (1) is physically present at a school site or
              is participating in an authorized school activity and (2) is under the
              supervision of authorized personnel for more than 25% but not more
              than half (26%-50%) of the student's instructional day.

       •      Whole-day attendance - A student is considered to be in attendance for a
              whole day when he or she (1) is physically present at a school site or is
              participating in an authorized school activity and (2) is under the
              supervision of authorized personnel for more than 50% (51%-100%) of
              the student's instructional day.

Compulsory attendance laws and Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
(BESE) regulations require elementary students to be present a minimum of one
hundred sixty (160) days to be eligible to receive credit for courses taken. Secondary
students shall be required to be present a minimum of eighty-one (81) days or the
equivalent, per semester, or one hundred sixty-two (162) days a school year for
schools not operating on a semester basis, in order to be eligible to receive credit for
courses taken. All absences, whether excused or unexcused shall be counted as
absences for attendance reporting purposes.

Each school shall attempt to provide verbal notification to a child's parent, tutor, or legal
guardian, and, if such verbal notification cannot be provided, then the school shall
provide written notification to a child's parent, tutor, or legal guardian when that child
has been absent from school for five (5) school days in schools operating on a
semester basis, and for ten (10) days in schools not operating on a semester basis.
The accumulation of days absent need not be consecutive.




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No public elementary or secondary school pupil shall be permitted for any reason to
absent himself/herself from school attendance during the school day upon his/her
own authority, unless legally emancipated. The principal or designee shall make all
reasonable efforts to verbally notify the parent or other person responsible for the
pupil's school attendance of any such prohibited absence by a pupil.

The days absent for elementary and secondary school students shall include
temporarily excused absences, unexcused absences, and suspensions.

      1.     Temporarily Excused Absences

             Students shall be considered temporarily excused from school for
             personal illness, serious illness in the family, death in the family (not to
             exceed one week), or for recognized religious holidays of the student's
             own faith and shall be given the opportunity to make up work provided
             that in each instance parental confirmation has been received, giving the
             reason for the absence.

      2.     Unexcused Absences

             Students shall not be excused for any absence other than those listed
             under temporarily excused absences above, and shall be given failing
             grades in those subjects for those days missed, and shall not be given
             an opportunity to make up work.

             Students shall not be excused from school to work on any job including
             agriculture and domestic service, even in their own homes or for their
             own parents or tutors, unless it is part of an approved instructional
             program.

      3.     Absences Due to Suspensions

             Students missing school as a result of any out-of-school suspension shall
             be counted as absent, shall be given failing grades for those days
             suspended, provided a graded activity was conducted during the
             suspension, and shall not be given an opportunity to make up work.

EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES

Only the following shall be considered extenuating circumstances under which
absences shall be exempt from provisions of compulsory attendance laws as verified
by the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance:

      1.     Extended personal physical or emotional illness as verified by a
             physician or nurse practitioner

      2.     Extended hospital stay as verified by a physician or dentist


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       3.     Extended recuperation from an accident as verified by a physician,
              dentist, or nurse practitioner

       4.     Extended contagious disease within a family as verified by a physician or
              dentist

       5.     Observance of special and recognized holidays of the student’s own faith

The only other exceptions to the attendance regulations shall be other absences as
verified by the principal or his/her designee as stated below:

       1.     Prior school system-approved travel for education

       2.     Death in the family (not to exceed one week)

       3.     Natural catastrophe and/or disaster

For any other extenuating circumstances, the student’s parents or legal guardian must
make a formal appeal in accordance with the due process procedures established by
the school system.

Students who are verified as meeting extenuating circumstances and therefore eligible
to receive grades shall not receive those grades if they are unable to complete makeup
work or pass the course.

EXCUSES

For a student to be eligible to receive credit and make up work following an absence,
the student shall be required in each instance to submit parental confirmation of the
reasons for the absence. If a student is tardy or absent, the parent or guardian must
submit a written excuse, signed and dated, to school authorities upon the student's
return to classes, stating the reason for the student's absence from school. A doctor's,
dentist’s, or nurse practitioner’s written statement of student's incapacity to attend
school is acceptable. All excuses for a student's absence, including medical
verification of extended personal illness, must be presented within seven (7) school
days of the student's return to school, or the student's absence shall be considered
unexcused and the student not allowed to make up work missed.

REPORTING ABSENCES

The attendance of all school pupils shall be checked each school day and at the
beginning of each class period and shall be verified by the teacher keeping such
record, which shall be open to inspection by the Supervisor of Child Welfare and
Attendance or duly authorized representative at all reasonable times. All schools
shall immediately report to the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance any
unexplained, unexcused, or illegal absence, or habitual tardiness.


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The Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance shall, after written notice to the
parent or tutor of a child, or a personal visit of notification, report any such child as
habitually absents himself from school or as is habitually tardy to the family court
judge of the parish as a delinquent child, there to be dealt with in such manner as
the court may determine.

APPEAL OF ABSENCES

All absences shall count toward the total number of absences accumulated by a
student, whether the absence is excused or unexcused. When the student exceeds
the maximum number of absences allowed, the parents or student may make a
formal appeal to the principal if they feel any of the absences are because of
extenuating circumstances. If they feel that the decision is unfavorable, they shall
appeal to the Superintendent or his/her designee.          After a review by the
Superintendent or his/her designee, a decision shall be made and communicated to
the parents or legal guardian by letter.

Students in danger of failing due to excessive absences may be allowed to make up
missed time in class sessions held outside the regular class time. The make-up
sessions must be completed before the end of the current semester and all other
applicable policies must also be met.

TARDINESS

A student shall be considered tardy to class if the student is not in the classroom
when the bell to begin class ceases. A student shall be considered tardy to school if
the student is not in his/her homeroom/first period class when the bell to begin
homeroom/class ceases. Tardiness on the part of students shall not be tolerated.

Students who are tardy for class shall be subject to disciplinary action, appropriate
under the circumstances. Parents of students who continue to be late for class after
appropriate disciplinary action shall be notified for a conference with the principal,
and the student may be subject to suspension from school. All regulations
concerning tardiness of students shall be strictly followed, unless the principal
determines otherwise.




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Students who are tardy shall be subject to the following:

       1.    First Tardy

             Warning

       2.    Second Tardy

             Letter or telephone call requesting a conference and other assignment
             by administrator

        3.   Third Tardy

             Parent or guardian will be required to attend class with student for one
             (1) hour or student may be given an alternative disciplinary option at
             the discretion of the administrator in lieu of a one (1) day suspension

       4.    Fourth Tardy and above

             Parent or guardian will be required to attend class with student
             additional time or student may be given an alternative disciplinary
             option at the discretion of the administrator in lieu of a one (1) day
             suspension.


EARLY DISMISSAL

1.     There should be an emergency or doctor's appointment in order to check a
       student out early.

2.     Perfect attendance should not be granted to persons who leave early except
       in extenuating circumstances as determined by the principal.

3.     Teachers should be sure to document roll book for students leaving early.

4.     Early dismissal shall be treated the same as tardiness on a per semester
       basis.


Revised: December, 1995
Revised: April, 2008


Ref:   La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:221, 17:226, 17:230, 17:232; Louisiana Handbook for
       School Administrators, Bulletin 741, Louisiana Department of Education;

       Board minutes 2-16-93.


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