Revisions to Student/Parent Information Guide, Graduation Requirements and Student Code of Conduct

Notice of Revisions approve at the meeting of the Board on November 14, 2013 to the “2013-2014 Etowah County School Student/Parent Information Guide, Graduation Requirements, and Student Code of Conduct”  Page 8-9: Class Attendance and Absences. Please see highlighted sections.
 
 
AGENCY ENROLLMENT/TRANSFER REQUESTS

Students requesting to enroll in the Etowah County School System though the Department of Human Resources and Juvenile and/or Family Court will be referred to the superintendent’s office or designee for enrollment validation. The appropriate officials from the agencies listed above will accompany the student to the office and must have the following:

• academic records, including special education records

• transfer or withdrawal forms

• immunization record

• any other record deemed appropriate for enrollment

ADMISSION OF FOREIGN STUDENTS AND EXCHANGE STUDENTS

 

Foreign students may be admitted in grades 9-12. The standards for successful completion of a course and the granting of credit for the course shall be the same for foreign exchange students as they are for resident students.

 ATTENDANCE

 

Regular school attendance contributes to academic achievement and facilitates the student’s ability to succeed. Alabama law requires all children between the ages of six (6) and seventeen (17) to attend school. The law further provides that a parent, guardian, or other person having control or charge of a school-aged child is responsible for that child’s regular attendance and proper conduct. Parents and guardians are responsible for enrolling their children in school and ensuring that the children attend school and obey behavior policies adopted by the board. Parents failing to enroll students and ensure their proper behavior and attendance are subject to fines and imprisonment under state law. (Code of Alabama 1975 §16-28-12, §, 16-28-40).

 CLASS ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCES

 

In order for an absence to be excused, parents/guardians must present to the school principal or designee a written explanation of a student’s absence within three (3) days of the absence. Failure to present a written explanation (within the “Excused Absences” guidelines, below) will cause the absence to be recorded as unexcused. Absences for official school events are considered excused.

Three (3) parent/guardian notes (written excuses) will be accepted per semester.  Any other absences must be documented with a doctor’s excuse.

School attendance is required of all children. Students are expected to report to school on time and attend school the full day. Students who are tardy three (3) times will be counted absent one day unless the tardies are excused. All students are subject to the same attendance policies.

Parents should make every effort to schedule doctors' and dentists' appointments after school hours. Absences are either excused or unexcused. Note: It is the parent's responsibility to provide the school with their correct mailing address and telephone number. Any changes made during the school year will require a written request with the parent’s signature and will need to be sent to the appropriate school personnel.

 "Excused Absences" are defined as absences for the following:

1. Illness

2. Death in the immediate family

3. Inclement weather which would be dangerous to the life and health of the child as determined by the principal and/or Superintendent

 

4. Legal quarantine

5. Emergency conditions as determined by the principal and/or Superintendent

6. Prior permission of the principal with the consent of the parent or legal guardian

 
Examples include, but not limited to, the following:

·         serious family illness

·         family emergency

·         legal appointments with documentation

·         religious holidays

 

Schoolwork missed due to excused absences may be made up, and a grade shall be awarded. Students shall have three (3) days for each day of excused absence to complete and return make-up work. It is the responsibility of the student to request and return make-up work.

(OMIT) EXCESSIVE ABSENCES

Excessive absence is defined as any absence above (10) days for a student in grades K-12. Days of absence beyond 10 days must be documented by a physician’s statement or by a court order to be considered excused. A parent/guardian note of explanation is not acceptable for absences after the tenth (10th). Absences without physician or court documentation beyond these numbers shall be considered unexcused absences.

 

(OMIT ) UNEXCUSED ABSENCES/TRUANCY

Unexcused absences are those for which no acceptable written explanation is provided by the parent/guardian, or for reasons other than those noted above in “Excused Absences” section or those after (10) days per year for which no physician or court documentation is provided. Schoolwork missed due to unexcused absences may not be made up.

The Etowah County School System participates in cooperation with the Etowah County District Attorney and the Etowah County Juvenile Court in the Early Warning Program for Attendance Intervention to assist families in achieving good school.

(OMIT)

The first referral to the Early Warning Program is initiated by the school when a student has five (5) unexcused absences. The legal custodial parent/guardian shall be notified in writing of the referral and shall be required to attend an Early Warning Program conference with a judge and juvenile probation officer. Students over the age of 12 are required to attend with the parent/guardian.

 

(OMIT)

When a student has five (5) unexcused absences, a second referral to the Early Warning Program is initiated by the school system. The legal custodial parent/guardian shall be notified in writing to attend a conference to include the student, a juvenile probation officer, and designated school officials.

 

(ADD) UNEXCUSED ABSENCES/TRUANCY

When a student has five (5) unexcused absences referral to the Early Warning Program is initiated by the school system. The legal custodial parent/guardian shall be notified in writing to attend a conference to include the student, a juvenile probation officer, and designated school officials.

When a student has seven (7) unexcused absences, the school shall file a petition in Juvenile Court which may result in charges against parents/guardians and/or court-ordered supervision (CHINS designation) of the student.

Once a student has been referred to Early Warning Program, the school cannot dismiss the truancy or accept excuses until the student and /or parent has attended Early Warning.

High school administrators are required to report to the Alabama Department of Transportation any student who has accumulated more than 10 consecutive or 15 cumulative unexcused absences during a single semester. Any student with the above absences is subject to having their driver’s license or permit suspended. A student must have 45 days without an unexcused absence before the school can issue a letter to have the license/permit reinstated.

Notice of Revisions approve at the meeting of the Board on October 8, 2013 to the “2013-2014 Etowah County School Student/Parent Information Guide, Graduation Requirements, and Student Code of Conduct”  Page 13: Academic Grading Scale; and Conduct Grades

 Academic Grading Scale

 

Academic Grading Scale (Grades K-12) 

A=90-100

B=80-89

 

 

C=70-79

 

 

D=60-69

 

 

F=59 and below

 

 

S=Satisfactory(80-100)

N=Needs Improvement (70-79)

 

 

U-Unsatisfactory(69 and below

 

 

Conduct Grades

Conduct grades are assigned and reported based on the conduct rating at the local school level.

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