School Attendance Requirements
School attendance in Ohio is compulsory until the age of 18 or the issuance of a diploma. Upon entering kindergarten, children are bound by the Ohio Department of Education compulsory attendance regulations. Regular attendance has a direct relationship to educational progress. When a child is absent, he or she misses the instruction presented as well as the opportunity for practice/reinforcement of academic skills. Students enrolled in Diocese of Steubenville schools are expected to maintain, at a minimum, a ninety-five percent (95%) attendance rate.
EXCUSED AND UNEXCUSED ABSENCES
A student can be excused for the following reasons:
Personal Illness– Absences will be excused when the student is ill if the parent or guardian contacts the school on the day(s) of absences(s). In the event that the principal makes a determination that the student is absent for an excessive number of days, a doctor’s excuse will be required for all subsequent absences due to illness.
Medical or Dental Appointment– A written statement from the office of the dentist or physician may be required.
Illness in the Family- Absences can be excused for up to three (3) days when the student’s presence at home is necessary for family stability.
Death of a Relative– Absences will be excused for up to three (3) days. Additional days can be granted for a reasonable need.
Quarantine of the Home– A physician’s statement documenting the need for quarantine is required.
Observance of Religious Holidays– This would pertain to children attending St. Mary's School who are of another faith.
Family Emergency – Absences can be excused if there is a family emergency or set of circumstances which, in the judgement of the principal, constitutes a good a sufficient cause for absences from school.
Absences for any reason other than those listed above shall be considered unexcused. The student will be considered truant when an absence from school is unexcused.
Teachers will help the student make up work missed during absences. The due date for tests and assignments missed during absences, both excused and unexcused, will be determined by the class policy as set by the teacher and approved by the principal.
Regular school attendance is important for all children, regardless of age. However, preschool enrollment is not mandatory, so children in the Montessori and Pre-Kindergarten classes are not under the Ohio compulsory attendance regulations.
The parent or guardian is to contact the school office by 9:00 a.m. on any day that a student will be absent. Notification can be provided outside our regular office hours by leaving a message on the answering machine (374-8181). A written excuse is to be provided to the homeroom teacher the day that the student returns to school. If the student is absent more than 1 day, the parent must call the school each morning that the student will not be in attendance. However, if the parent knows that the child will be absent for a specific number of days, this information can be reported on the first day of the absence and no additional calls will be necessary during the time period originally reported. The school secretary will contact the home if we do not receive parent/guardian notification whenever a student is absent from school.
When a child becomes sick at school, the parent or guardian will be called to take the child home. Any student who exhibits a fever will be considered sick and will be sent home. If a student appears sick at home before school begins, it is requested that the parent or guardian not send the student to school for the day. Please consider the comfort of your child as well as the health of his or her classmates.
MAKEUP WORK WHEN A STUDENT IS ABSENT DUE TO ILLNESS
Two options are available because sometimes the nature of an illness is such that the student really is in no condition to complete schoolwork. However, this is not always the case, and we want to meet the needs of our families in these situations, too.
Option 1: Parents may request work when they call to report that their child is ill and will be absent. The missing work packet will be prepared by your child’s teacher(s) for you to pick up in the office. At your request, these materials can also be sent home with a sibling or another child (perhaps a neighbor).
All work will be due when the student returns to school, so it is important that requested work is picked up. Any work not handed in by the student upon his or her return to school will be treated as late work. Exception – The assignment won’t be due on the day when the child returns to school if the regular due date for this work is later in the week.
- Option 2: Parents call the school to report that their child is ill, but they do not request the child’s missing work or homework assignments. The teacher will prepare a packet of class and homework assignments, and this will be given to the student upon his or her return to school.
Due dates for these assignments will be determined by the teacher(s).
MAKEUP WORK WHEN A STUDENT MISSES SCHOOL FOR A VACATION OR OTHER ACTIVITY
The school does not encourage vacations during school time. Parents who have no option other than to take their children out of school for vacation incur the responsibility, along with the student, to make up the necessary schoolwork. Although we will give students the opportunity to make up work that was missed because of a vacation or other activity, we must remind parents that your child is missing instructional activities when he or she is not in class. Additionally, these are unexcused absences.
Work will not be given to students in advance of their absence from school. The teacher will prepare a packet of class and homework assignments, and the packet will be given to the student on the day of his or her return to school.
The student will be given 1 day for each day of absence to complete the missing work, up to a maximum of 5 days. Examples: If a student misses 3 days of school, then the student will have 3 school days to complete all missed work. If a student misses 5 or more days of school, the student will have 5 school days to complete all missing work.
Students missing school for vacation near the end of the final grading period could have a shorter period of time to complete missing work. This will only occur if the normal makeup period would extend beyond the last day of school because the last day of school is the final day to submit makeup work. Example, a student returns from a 5 school day vacation on Tuesday, May 29th, and our last day of school is Friday, June 1st. All makeup work in this situation must be handed in on or before June 1st, which gives the student fewer than 5 days to complete the missing assignments. Work not completed will receive a grade of zero.
STUDENTS LEAVING SCHOOL PRIOR TO REGULAR DISMISSAL
When a student is to be excused from school for medical ordental appointments, please send a note to the teacher or call the office so that we know that the student will be leaving early that day. Students are not permitted to leave the school building or school campus prior to regular dismissal without parent/guardian permission. If there is a family emergency that requires the student be taken out of school, please call the office to arrange for the student's release. Students will only be released to the parent/guardian or to another person designated by the parent or guardian. Before leaving the school grounds for any reason prior to the regular dismissal time, students must be signed out at the office by a parent/guardian or another person designated by the parent. All students will be released from the office.