Successful schools begin with students who attend school regularly. Regular school attendance is directly correlated to positive academic achievement and increased graduation rates. The City of Richmond School Board revised procedures for unexcused tardies and early dismissals, and instituted new timelines for excusing student absences. The revised policies highlighted below were devised to support our students on the journey toward academic success.
Updates to School Board Policy §8-2.4: Student Attendance, Absences and Truancy
- 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 school. All written notes must be submitted to the school within five (5) days of the last absence.
- Any five (5) unexcused tardies to school or unexcused early dismissals from school will count as the student missing a full instructional day.
- Following ten (10) 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 (SAST) for recommendations of additional services.
- Excused absences are typically those that have resulted from conditions beyond the control of the students or parents/guardians. The only excuses for absences that shall be deemed acceptable for consideration are:
- Personal illness (if over three days, the school shall require a note from the doctor)
- Personal court appearance (student)
- Death in the family (mother, father, spouse, son, daughter, sister, brother, grandparent, aunt, uncle, nephew, or niece)
- Religious holidays regularly observed by the student
- Extenuating circumstances as approved by the school administration