Compulsory Attendance


Students who are at least six years of age, or who have been previously enrolled in first grade, and who have not yet reached their eighteenth birthday shall attend school for the entire period the program is offered, unless exempted as indicated below. Students enrolled in prekindergarten or kindergarten shall attend school.  A person who voluntarily enrolls in school or voluntarily attends school after the person’s eighteenth birthday shall attend school each school day for the entire period the program of instruction is offered. The District may revoke for the remainder of the school year the enrollment of a person who has more than five unexcused absences in a semester.


90 percent Rule . . . . . . . . . .


Except as provided below, a student shall not be given credit for a class unless the student is in attendance 90 percent of the days the class is offered. This restriction does not affect a student’s right to excused absences to observe religious holy days.
A student who is in attendance for at least 75 percent but less than 90 percent of the days a class is offered may be given credit if the student completes a plan approved by the school’s principal that provides for the student to meet the instructional requirements of the class. However, a student under the jurisdiction of a court in a criminal or juvenile justice proceeding may not receive credit without the consent of the judge presiding over the student’s case.
An attendance committee may give class credit to a student because of extenuating circumstances. The Board shall establish guidelines for determining what constitutes extenuating circumstances.
The Board shall adopt policies that establish alternative ways for students to make up work or regain credit lost because of absences. The alternative ways must include at least one option that does not require a student to pay a fee. The availability of such option must be substantially the same as the availability of the educational program for which the District may charge a fee.
Court Proceedings
A student who has been referred to a juvenile court for delinquent conduct or conduct indicating a need for supervision shall receive an excused absence for any missed class when:

1. The assigned juvenile judge or probation officer has detained the student or required the student to participate in activities related to the student’s referral;

2. Detention or participation in such activities resulted in absence from class;

3. The probation officer communicates the cause of the absence in writing to District personnel; and

4. The student successfully completes all missed assignments.

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