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Attendance Policy

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

Limitation of Absences/Parent Notification

Regular and consistent attendance by students is critical to fully take advantage of the educational program. State law makes parents responsible for their child’s school attendance, and it is the responsibility of every student to keep absences to an absolute minimum. Frequent absences disrupt the education of the absent student as well as fellow students. Everyone loses when someone is not present because students learn from the discussion, views, and experiences of fellow students. We encourage parents to send their child to school every day. Please reference Wyoming State Statute—-compulsory attendance. File: JED-R: Revised-05/22/07

* Ninety percent (90%) attendance is required at the elementary schools. The total number of excused and unexcused absences shall be limited to ten (10) per semester.

* Parents will be notified in writing when a student has acquired five (5) absences and ten (10) absences.

* Upon reaching ten (10) absences in the semester, the student and his/her parents will be asked to attend a conference with the principal to develop a plan for improved attendance.

* If habitual absences continue, the Uinta Meadows Elementary principal will enforce the state statute on truancy and a letter will be sent to the parents as well as the Uinta County Attorney’s office.

Absences-Excused/Unexcused/Truancy

Parents are asked to call the UME office (789-8098) if their child is going to miss school or is ill. If a telephone is not available, a signed and dated note on the day the child returns to school will be acceptable. School personnel will call home each time a child is not in school. Absences not excused in a timely manner by a parent telephone call or note will be considered unexcused.

Arriving Late for School

Any student arriving late for school must check in at the office for attendance, lunch count, and to obtain a classroom late pass. Parents are asked to send a note or make a telephone call to excuse a tardy.

Out of Boundary Attendance

Students are expected to attend the school that has been designated by the UCSD#1 boundary map. The priority for each elementary school is to serve students (within the designated boundaries) with the best education possible. One way to do that is to keep class size small. It will be the decision of the principal to accept out of area students. That decision will be made according to enrollment numbers. Many times that decision cannot be made until August/ September when school has begun. Parents are encouraged to contact the principal one week before school starts to be considered for out of area attendance. Parents will write a short letter of request to the principal requesting out of area attendance with one of the above reasons. Because transportation can become a conflict, (student attendance, tardiness, behavioral concerns, or being picked up later than ten minutes after dismissal), the principal can transfer the student to the “area” school where the residence has been determined. The purpose for any action—quality education.