Good attendance helps students keep up with class assignments, and learning opportunities. The RPS attendance policy is in force for all students each day. Absence notes are to be turned in to Ryan in the main office within 5 days of absence.
Failure to follow attendance guidelines will result in school based consequences, including detention or in-school suspension. Chronic attendance and tardy issues may result in students not earning credit in courses for which attendance is problematic and/or return to zoned high school.
Per Richmond Public Schools’ attendance policy:
- Parents/guardians are encouraged to call the school on the day of their child’s absence, but must send a written note requesting absences be considered excused upon returning to schools. All written notes must be submitted to the school within five days of the last absence.
- Any five (5) unexcused tardies to school or early dismissals from school will count as the student missing a full instructional day.
- Following ten (ten) excused absences, the principal or administrator designated over attendance will be required to review, approve or not approve, and sign off on all absences prior to being recorded as excused. Excessive excused absences will be reviewed by the school attendance support team for recommendation of additional services.
- Students shall not be absent from school without a valid excuse for more than six (6) days (three (3) if on a block schedule) per nine-week period in order to receive academic credit for the grade or subject(s) in which enrolled. Unexcused absences in excess of six (6) (or three (3) if on a block schedule) shall result in failure for the nine-week grading period.
- Students shall not be absent from school without a valid excuse for more than ten (10) days (five (5) if on a block schedule) per semester in order to receive academic credit for the grade or subject(s) in which enrolled. Unexcused absences in excess of ten (10) (or five (5) if on a block schedule) shall result in failure for the semester.
- The accumulation of absences begins again at the start of the second semester. Absences resulting from short-term or long-term out-of-school suspension shall not be counted as unexcused absences pursuant to this policy.
Provisions for Students Who Exceed the Maximum Number of Unexcused Absences
- The following options may be utilized with students who have failed because of attendance prior to the completion of the school year:
(i) enroll the student in a semester course(s);
(ii) allow the student to take the equivalent of one semester of summer school if he successfully completes the requirements for credit for one semester (academic and attendance); or
(iii) develop an alternative education plan which includes: (a) description of the program; (b) maximum number of credits that can be awarded; (c) maximum number of absences; and (d) conduct conditions. The alternative plan must be approved by the principal and the division superintendent or his/her designee. A contract signed by the principal, parent(s) or guardian(s), student and division superintendent or his/her designee shall govern the program.
Grading Middle and High School Students Who Exceed the Maximum Number of Unexcused Absences
(i) Report Cards: The actual grade(s) made by the student shall be entered on the report card. A credit of "0" shall be recorded. The following statement shall be placed on the report card: “Although grades were recorded, the student is not eligible to receive a unit of credit or any fractional part thereof due to excessive absences.”
(ii) Permanent Records: The actual grade(s) made by the student shall be entered on the permanent record. The course will carry no Carnegie unit of credit; a credit of "0" shall be recorded. The course(s) will not be included in the calculation of grade point average. The following statement shall be placed on the permanent record: “Although grades were recorded, the student is not eligible to receive a unit of credit or any fractional part thereof due to excessive absences.”
(iii) Class Rank: The grade(s) earned by a student who does not receive academic credit (a Carnegie unit) due to excessive absences shall not be calculated into the grade point average.
To view the policy in its entirety, visit School Board Bylaws & Policies, Section 8-2.4, available on the districts website at https://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/richmond/Board.nsf/Public?open&id=policies#