Our school is proud to provide a safe and secure learning environment – an environment that fosters intellectual development, creativity, and friendships. These policies and guidelines enable us to create, sustain, and grow this wonderful community at Henry D. Perry Education Center. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our School Policies.
A student will have a “pattern of non-attendance” if he or she is absent from school a total of 30 hours (5 days) in any one marking period or 60 hours (10 days) within 90 days. Unless acceptable documentation is available, unexcused absences, excused absences, along with tardiness and early sign-outs will be counted when determining a student’s pattern of non-attendance.
Eight Reasons That Will Be Accepted as Excused Absences Adopted by the Board (Parents/guardians must send a note or report absences and tardies within 48 hours via the school website’s Absence Reporting Form).
- Student illness
- Illness of an immediate family member
- Death in the family
- Religious holidays of the student’s faith
- Required court appearance or subpoena by a law enforcement agency
- Special events (conferences, state/national competitions, exceptional cases of family need)
- Medical or dental appointments
- Having a communicable disease or infestation
Middle & High School Students
Middle and high school students who have a “pattern of non-attendance” may also face consequences. A student could be required to repeat a class; could be referred to Children In Need of Services (CINS) or Families In Need of Services (FINS); could have their driver’s license suspended or be prevented from obtaining a driver’s license; or the student’s parents could be required to appear in court.
It is important for parents receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) payments from the state to know that if their child has a pattern of non-attendance, payments may be suspended.