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High School Attendance Policy
Administrative Guidelines 5200
High School Attendance
Students are required to attend classes and keep absences to a minimum. Habitual absence or tardiness results in serious lapses in the accumulation of knowledge, enrichment, practical and physical skills, self-discipline, and a sense of responsibility. Teachers and administrators consider class attendance and promptness significant components affecting a student’s grade. Parents and students have a responsibility for attendance and are encouraged to schedule medical and dental appointments, personal business, and vacations outside school hours.
A. The attendance rules and regulations require a procedure for involving parents or guardian in the validation of the student’s absence. Therefore, under this attendance practice the parent or guardian is required to call the school to verify the student’s absence within 24 hours or the absence is unexcused. This procedure applies to all students who are affected by these rules and regulations within the senior high school program of the Dearborn Public Schools.
B. A student who is over fifteen minutes late to class is considered to be absent.
C. Two lates (5 to 15 minutes) in a class is considered to be an absence.
D. Four tardies in a class is considered to be an absence.
E. All school sponsored activities that take students out of class/school will not be considered an absence under these guidelines. A listing of such activities will be provided by the individual school’s administration.
F. In-school suspensions and out-of -school suspensions will not be considered an absence under these guidelines.
G. When a student has ten (10) or more absences, excused or unexcused in one
semester (based on # 1 thru 4 above) they may receive reduced credit.
H. The teacher will meet with each student at five absences and provide the student with written notice indicating that the student has reached five absences. The student and teacher will sign the form acknowledging this conference. The parents will also be notified in writing that the student has reached five absences by the administration.
I. A letter will be mailed to parent or guardian when the student reaches 10