Our District has a partnership with Johnson County's Attorney office to address truancy. Our process has been developed to meet Iowa Code 299, Compulsory Attendance. This code gives schools the authority to establish parameters for excused/unexcused absences and tardies. Ultimately, the attendance officer at each school has the discretion to determine if a student absence is excused within the parameters of the District guidelines.
Notification of Absences
The attendance office should be notified of a student's absence prior to the start of the school day. The attendance office must be notified of the reason for absence no more than 48 hours from the beginning of the absence in order to have the absence excused.
Acceptable excuses for absences, tardies and departures:
- Evidence that the student is not in proper physical or mental condition to attend school or an educational program. The district may request the parent or guardian to obtain a written statement from a physician or licensed practitioner as proof of the physical or mental condition of the student. Such excuse shall be made in writing, shall state the period of time for which it is valid, and shall not exceed 30days.
- Medical, dental, chiropractic, optometric or other valid appointments. Parents should provide documentation from the provider. If possible, routine appointments should be scheduled off school hours.
- A death in the immediate family or funerals for close relatives.
- Religious holidays.
- Family trips that can be taken only during the normal school term. A parent/guardian must notify the school attendance officer of the pending absence; the Administrator will verify the student's attendance record and overall performance record. If attendance is satisfactory, the administrator may use up to five (5) of the allotted excused absence days per year for family trips.
- A court appearance, placement, or other legal procedure which requires the attendance of the student.
- A quarantine as imposed by a public health officer.
- Attendance at special events of educational value or school activities approved by the schooladministrator.
- Special circumstances that show good cause which the school attendance officer approves in advance.
- In school and out of school suspension.