Redford Union Schools
High School Attendance Policy
Report all absences to 313-242-4210
September 2, 2016
Redford Union recognizes that attendance plays an important role in the overall success of students. 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.
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
Redford Union Schools.
Following is the attendance policy at Redford Union High School:
1. Three different categories for absences will be used: "Excused", "Unexcused" and "Documented".
Definitions of each type of absence are the following:
· "Excused" absences are those that are called in by a parent or guardian, and allow for make-up work according to the school policy. Examples of Excused absences are the following:
- Illness verified by a parent
- Doctor appointment
- Pre-arranged vacations
- Sibling child-care
· "Unexcused" absences are those that are not called in by a parent or guardian, and allow for make-up work at the discretion of the teacher. Examples of Unexcused absences are the following:
- Personal business (other than described above)
- Missing the bus/ride
- Car trouble
- No parent phone call excusing absence (see above) with 24 hours
· "Documented" absences are those that are explained by a document from a third party.
Documented absences are not counted as part of this attendance policy. Absences for the following reasons are eligible to be "documented":
- Funeral/Death in the Family
- Religious Obligations
- Mandatory Court Appearance
- Jury Duty
2. A student who comes into the classroom after the bell has rung (end of the tone) is considered tardy. (For clarification, present is defined as being in the classroom before the bell rings). However, if a student arrives to class more than 10 minutes after the bell has rung; the student is then considered absent.
3. Three (3) tardies in a class is considered to be one (1) absence. For example, a student who has 3 absences and 6 tardies will be considered to have 5 (3 absences and 2 absent equivalents) absences for this policy.
4. Documented absences will not count against the 10 absence limit. Documentation for these absences will not be accepted after five (5) school days following that absence. Please see the definition of documented absence and the appeal process below.
5. All school sponsored activities that take students out of class/school will not be considered an absence under these guidelines
6. In-school suspensions and out-of -school suspensions will not be considered an absence under these guidelines.
7. When a student has more than ten (10) absences (combination of excused, unexcused absences and tardy equivalents), excused or unexcused in one semester, the student will be required to meet the following criteria to earn credit in the course:
· A student who has greater than 10 absence equivalents, will receive their full credit and their letter grade if they earn a 75% or higher on the end of term common/comprehensive assessment and earn a passing grade.
· For students who exceed 10 absence equivalents, the final exam grade will affect the final course grade as follows:
- A student who exceeds 10 absence equivalents and does earn a 75% or greater on the final exam will be assigned the earned letter grade.
- A student who exceeds 10 absence equivalents, does not earn a 75% or greater on the final exam, but earned a passing final calculated grade (60% or higher), will earn a No Credit (NC) in the course.
- A student who exceeds 10 absence equivalents, does not earn a 75% or greater on the final exam, and does not earn a calculated grade of 60% or higher, will earn an "E" grade and no credit.
8. Teachers and administration are encouraged to use other forms of motivation/discipline to address excessive absenteeism and tardiness. Suggested methods of intervention are afterschool detentions and/or parent contact.
Appeal Process for Documented Absences:
Students/Parents may make an appeal to the administration regarding absences to determine if a waiver can be granted for students who surpass the 10 absence equivalent threshold. Criteria for appeals are the following:
- Requests must be made in writing using the attached form (see Absence Waiver Form)
- Requests must be made prior to the beginning of final exams
- Documentation may be requested to substantiate reasons for absences
- Final decisions will be determined by the school administration.
It is important that students and families are aware of the student's attendance. It is encouraged that parents use the Parent Connect feature of MiStar (Zangle) to monitor their student's academic progress and attendance. Parents are encouraged to contact the office at Redford Union to get an ID and Password to use this resource.
Redford Union High School will ensure verbal and written communication by adhering to the following process:
- Redford Union will make a teleparent phone call each time a student is absent or tardy from a class;
- The teacher will meet with each student at five (5) absences and provide the student with written notice indicating that the student has reached five (5) absences. The parents will receive written notice from the administration indicating that the student has reached five (5) absences.
- The teacher will meet with each student at ten (10) absences and provide the student with written notice indicating that the student has reached ten (10) absences. The student and teacher will sign the form acknowledging this conference. The parents will receive written notice from the administration indicating that the student has reached ten (10) absences.