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School for Advanced Studies Attendance Policy

As both a college and a high school setting, SAS requires students to meet the attendance expectations of Miami-Dade County Public Schools for high school classes and college classes.  Each college professor sets his or her own syllabus with attendance expectations; however, as a student at School for Advanced Studies, you must attend all classes on the days specified on the MDC calendar, whether or not the MDCPS indicates a scheduled school day.  A key factor in college success is actively participating in classes and labs, not simply receiving information and passing examinations. 

High School Attendance

Excerpted from http://ehandbooks.dadeschools.net/policies/89.pdf

Introduction

There are probably no factors more important to a student’s progress in school than regular and punctual school attendance. Miami-Dade County Public Schools has a vision whereby each student engages in a rigorous course of study which prepares the student for a myriad of successful post-secondary options.
A model student is expected to:

  • be present at school each and every day;
  • attend class as scheduled;
  • arrive at school and class(es) on time; and
  • demonstrate appropriate behavior and a readiness to learn.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools has the affirmative obligation to increase student attendance through a monitoring process that will classify all absences as excused or unexcused, to inform parents/guardians of student absences, and to see that the compulsory attendance laws are enforced as mandated by Florida Statutes. Raising standards and promoting a high level of student achievement are paramount in all District initiatives. Student attendance is a means of improving student performance and is critical in raising student standards. This obligation will be satisfied through the implementation of an attendance review procedure which monitors the type and the number of student absences as well as the impact of these absences on learning (School Board Rule 6Gx13-5A-1.041).

School Attendance

Present, Tardy, Absent
The presence or absence of each student shall be officially checked during the first hour of the instructional day. The attendance of students shall be reported as follows:

• Present: Present is the presence of a student during the first hour of the instructional day in which school is in session. The student must be actually engaged in an educational activity which constitutes part of the approved school program for that student. Each student who is scheduled at a school center, and who is present for any portion of the school day or tardy, shall be considered present.

A student shall be deemed to be in attendance if they are away from school on a school day and is engaged in an educational activity which constitutes a part of the school approved instructional program for that student.

Each student who is scheduled at a school center for instructional purposes for a partial day, and at a vocational-technical center, a vocational school, or a college for a partial day shall be reported as present, if present at one of these locations.

• Tardy: A student is considered tardy if they are not present at the moment the school bell rings for the class assigned for Official Daily School Attendance (ODSA).

NOTE:
If a student is not present when attendance is taken but is present later in the school day, that student must be considered in attendance, but tardy, and the absence should be changed. A student who is tardy should never remain on record as being absent; especially as attendance eligibility is the basis for FTE (Full-Time Equivalent) funding.

• Absent is the non-attendance of a student on a day in which school is in session.
NOTE: The student is not present for any part of the school day.

• Attendance must be completed daily by: Senior High Schools - 12:00 p.m.

Class Attendance

Students are to be counted in attendance if they are physically present in class or have been excused by the teacher on a class-related assignment, or have been requested by a member of the school support staff for an approved school activity.

Block or Flexible Schedules for Reporting Class Absences of Secondary Students -
A double blocked period constitutes two single class periods. If a student is absent from a double blocked period, this will constitute two excused or unexcused absences for that class.

Present, Tardy, Absent
The presence or absence of each student shall be officially checked during the designated class scheduled time. The attendance of students shall be reported as follows:

• Present: Present is the presence of a student during the scheduled class in which school is in session. The student must be actually engaged in an educational activity which constitutes part of the approved school program for that student. Each student who is scheduled at a school center, and who is present or tardy, shall be considered present.
A student shall be deemed to be in attendance if away from school on a school day and engaged in an educational activity which constitutes a part of the school-approved instructional program for that student.

Each student who is scheduled at a school center for instructional purposes for a partial day, and at a vocational-technical center, a vocational school, or a college for a partial day shall be reported as present, if present at one of these locations.

• Tardy: Tardiness is the absence of a student at the designated time class is scheduled to begin, provided that the student is in attendance before the close of that class. A student who is tardy should never remain on record as being absent; especially as attendance eligibility is the basis for FTE (Full-Time Equivalent) funding.

• Absent is the non-attendance of a student on a day in which class is in session.
NOTE:  The student is not present for any part of the class.

Early Sign-Outs

Early sign-out of students causes disruption to the academic performance of all students and may create safety and security problems. No students shall be released within the final 30 minutes of the school day unless the principal or principal’s designee determines it is an emergency.

TYPES OF ABSENCES

Excused Absences

School Board Rule 6Gx13-5A-1.041, Student Attendance--Specific Responsibilities, defines

Excused School Absence as:

  • Student Illness:
    Students missing 5 or more consecutive days of school due to illness or injury are required to provide a written statement from a health care provider. The written statement must include all days the student has been absent from school.
    If a student is continually sick and repeatedly absent from school due to a specific medical condition, the student must be under the supervision of a health care provider in order to receive excused absences from school.
  • Medical Appointment:
    If a student is absent from school due to a medical appointment a written statement from a health care provider indicating the date and time of the appointment must be submitted to the principal
  • Death in Family.
  • Religious Holiday:
    Observance of a religious holiday or service when it is mandated for all members of a faith that such a holiday or service should be observed: The religious holiday must be listed on the district’s approved list of religious holidays (see Exhibit #2, Page 42). Note: To be updated annually.
  • School-sponsored Event or Educational Enrichment Activity:
    School-sponsored event or educational enrichment activity that is not a school sponsored event, as determined and approved by the principal or principal’s designee: The student must receive advance written permission from the principal or the principal’s designee. Examples of special events include: public functions, conferences, and regional, state and national competitions.
  • Subpoena by law enforcement agency or mandatory court appearance.
  • Outdoor Suspensions:
    Outdoor suspensions are to be considered excused absences.
    Refer to:  “Procedures for Promoting and Maintaining a Safe Learning Environment,” Guideline #11 - Suspensions.
  • Other individual student absences beyond the control of the parent/guardian or student, as determined and approved by the principal or the principal's designee.
    The principal shall require documentation related to the condition

Course Make-up

Students granted an excused absence have the right to make-up all course work within 3 school days upon the return to school. After successful completion of all make-up assignments, the student cannot be penalized for that absence. School Board Rule 6Gx13- 5A-1.041, Student Attendance--Specific Responsibilities.

Upon the request of the student or the parent/guardian make-up assignments will be provided within two days by the teacher for excused absences. It should be noted that failure to make up all assignments will result in lower assessment of the student's academic and/or effort grade.

Unexcused Absences

Any absence that does not fall into one of the above excused absence categories is to be considered unexcused. Any student who has been absent from school will be marked unexcused absence until submission of the required documentation as specified above.
Failure to provide required documentation within 3 days upon the return to school will result in an unexcused absence.

Unexcused absences include:

  • Absences due to vacations, personal services, local non-school event, program or sporting activity
  • Absences due to older students providing day care services for siblings
  • Absences due to illness of others
  • Absences due to non-compliance with immunization requirements (unless lawfully exempted).

Excessive Absences

A student accumulating ten (10) or more class unexcused absences in an annual course or five (5) or more class unexcused absences in a designated semester course will have quarterly, semester and final grade(s) withheld pending an administrative screening and completion of assigned interventions by the Attendance Review Committee. Unexcused absences do not require that the teacher provide make-up work for the student. However, the Attendance Review Committee may assign educationally-related activities to mitigate the loss of instructional time.

Course Make-up

Unexcused absences do not require that the teacher provide make-up work for the student.  However, the Attendance Review Committee may assign educationally-related activities to mitigate the loss of instructional time.




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