- Without notification from parent/legal guardian, absences will be considered unexcused including:
"Missing just 2 school days a month makes a student more likely to drop out."
- Attendance Works
- Non-school sponsored activities or trips
- Family vacations outside of the normally scheduled school break
- In APS, a student is considered “a student in need of early intervention” at five (5) unexcused absences and a habitual truant at ten (10) unexcused absences in a year.
- Each school will attempt to investigate unexcused absences through telephone contact or home visits with parents/guardians as soon as possible and advise them regarding the importance of regular school attendance and the legal implications of missing school.
- A notification to parent/guardian, of those students at the two (2) day unexcused benchmark, will be generated automatically utilizing the parent notification system SchoolMessenger by phone. (being respectful and in the language and manner that is understandable by student and parent/guardian)
- A notification to parent/guardian, of those students at the five (5) day unexcused benchmark, will be generated automatically utilizing the parent notification phone system. (being respectful and in the language and manner that is understandable by student and parent/guardian)
- School attendance staff will contact the parent/guardian by phone or home visit within a week of the 5th unexcused absence.
- School attendance staff will develop an Intervention Plan with the parent/guardian/student after the 5th unexcused absence. Students will be referred to internal resources, as appropriate.
- If the student is a habitual truant (10th unexcused absence), a written notice of the habitual truancy will be mailed to the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s); the notice shall, in the language and manner that is respectful and understandable by parent/guardian and student, include an explanation for the letter and that the parent/legal guardian is to contact the school to arrange a meeting to resolve the attendance issue and focus on keeping the student in an educational setting.