Attendance Policy

III. ATTENDANCE POLICY

 

PHILOSOPHY

The Warrensburg R-VI Board of Education, administration, certified and support staff are committed to the philosophy that every student should attend every class every day.  Learning to participate in group discussions, developing an appreciation for the views and abilities of other students, and forming the habit of regular attendance are legitimate objectives for any course. The time lost due to absences can never be adequately replaced.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

A student has to maintain the State minimum seat time for each credit being earned.  Each semester a student can miss no more than four (4) school days per credit attempted.  We will notify you by phone or mail when your student reaches the following milestones of jeopardizing the opportunity to earn credit:

            Total possible days to miss:    4

            50% or halfway:                     2

After the fourth day of absence, a mandatory meeting will be required for continued enrollment.  A note from a parent/guardian or a physician is not considered “excused” from the need to make up seat time to earn credit.  A State minimum must be maintained for each credit.  Upon missing any time from school, the student is required to immediately begin making up his/her seat time after school.  Seat time hours are 2:20-3:20 except for on collaboration days when seat time hours will be 12:30-1:30.

ABSENCES

Absence Reporting Procedures:

     •      A parent/guardian should notify the school by phone (660-429-3808) for each day of a student’s absence. A phone call should be made between 7:00 am and 3:00 pm each day. However, it is requested that parents/guardians call the school before 9:00 am on the day of an absence.

     •      Students are not to leave school without permission. They must check out and sign in through the office.

     •      In the event of an absence due to contagious illness (chicken pox, measles, mononucleosis, pink eye, etc.) students must present a doctor’s release upon return to school.

     •      Since attendance is kept by minutes, even a late arrival may have an impact on a student’s credit earned.

Excessive Absences

Excessive absences will be defined as four (4) or more absences.  Excessive absences will lead to a parent conference with the administrator and the possibility of being dropped from Reese due to violation of the attendance contract.  This conference may be initiated by the parents.  If the meeting is unsuccessful, the school will notify the proper state or county authorities.  The school recognizes that there may be lengthy absences due to illness, disability, or family circumstances. The administrator is willing to work with the student and parents to reach an equitable solution in those situations.

Time Limitations:

Absences and tardies accumulate on a daily basis.

Two-Day Absence Reporting

When the student’s absence from one or all classes reaches two per semester, the school will send notification by phone or mail to the parents, regardless of prior notification by phone or conference. This letter serves as a reminder that the student is in jeopardy of being dropped if absences reach four days.

Four-Day Absence Reporting

Before the student reaches four absences, the parents will need to initiate a meeting.