Excused Absences

Regular attendance by all students is very important. In many cases, irregular attendance is the major reason for poor school work; therefore, all students are urged to make appointments, do personal errands, etc., outside of school hours.

Reasons for which students may be excused include, but are not limited to:

1. Personal illness of the student;
2. Illness in the student’s family;
3. Quarantine for contagious disease;
4. Death in the family;
5. Needed at home to perform necessary work directly and exclusively for parents or legal guardians (applies to students over 14 years of age only);
6. Religious reasons;
7. Traveling out of state to attend a Board-approved enrichment activity or extracurricular activity (applies to absences of up to four days) or
8. As determined by the Superintendent

Each student who is absent must immediately, upon return to school, make arrangements with his/her 
teacher(s) to make up work missed. Students who are absent from school for reasons not permitted by Ohio law may, or may not, be permitted to make up work. Each case is considered on its merits by the principal and the respective teacher(s). Parents must notify the school by phone on the day a student is absent unless previous notification has been given in accordance with school procedure for excused absences. Such notification must occur no later than 10:00 a.m. (2:00 p.m. for afternoon kindergarten/preschool students).

If the school’s attendance officer does not receive a call from the parent or guardian by 10:00 a.m., he/she 
will contact the parent/guardian to determine why the child is not in school. The parent(s) or other responsible person shall be notified by telephone and may be asked for student’s mother’s maiden name to ensure the identity of the parent/guardian.

The Board excuses students from school for trips or vacations, provided that prior arrangements are made 
with the teachers of the student(s) to complete work covered during the period of absence, and provided that the student’s work is passing and complete to that point in time. When the school is notified in advance of such a trip, reasonable efforts will be made to prepare a general list of assignments for the student to do while he/she is absent. At the same time, the responsibility for such absence resides with the parent(s), and they must not expect any work missed by their child to be retaught by the teacher.

The Board authorizes the Superintendent to establish a hearing and notification procedure for the purpose of denying a student’s driving privileges if that student of compulsory school age has been absent without legitimate excuse for more than 10 consecutive days or a total of at least 7 days during a semester or term.


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