ERIC Number: ED162433
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Absences. A Model Policy and Rules.
Bartlett, Larry; And Others
The model attendance policy offered for consideration here suggests that school districts should encourage regular school attendance and may demand reasonable excuses for absences. Unexcused absences may warrant disciplinary action. The suggested rules that apply the attendance policy to specific situations cover a number of areas. A broad statement of attendance philosophy might introduce attendance rules. The rules may stipulate that after prolonged absences, parents may be contacted by the school. Rules concerning tardiness should be included in the attendance rules. Legitimate reasons for excusing absences should be clearly listed along with mechanisms for obtaining special permission to be absent. The rules for completing missed school work may be included. Penalties for unexcused absences might be probation, detention, or suspension. It is suggested that reduction of grades not be used as a disciplinary procedure. The duties and jurisdiction of the truancy officer may be incorporated in the attendance policy. These rules and policies should not be adopted verbatim, but rather adapted to individual situations and needs. The appendix includes Iowa laws concerning school attendance and cites studies on absenteeism and achievement. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Public Instruction, Des Moines.
Identifiers: School District Regulations; School Rules
Note: Appendix A may be marginally legible