Nicole Perez, Attendance Secretary
Phone: (208) 525-7745
Attendance Policy and Procedures
Students are more successful when they establish habits of good and regular attendance. The most successful students are those who are present and who do not need to make up class lectures, notes, discussions, homework explanations, assignments, quizzes, and tests. You can never make up everything you miss, even when you’re out for only one day. If you must be absent from school, remember that you are responsible for finding out what you missed and for getting all of your make-up work.
1002.3 - Responsibility
The goals of Idaho Falls School District 91 Attendance Policy are to: 1) Provide students with successful learning experiences in every class; 2) Increase teacher effectiveness by reducing classroom interruptions and non-attendance; 3) Provide structure for student attendance; 4) Improve communication and support parent efforts in promotion of student attendance.
Trustees and educators recognize that regular attendance is positively related to student achievement. Everyone shares in the responsibility for making school attendance a priority.
- Parents/Guardians are urged to help their child establish good attendance habits throughout the child’s schooling experiences. Absences due to family convenience such as vacation and baby-sitting are strongly discouraged. Parents are responsible for verifying absences by contacting the attendance office before, the day of, or no later than the close of the second day upon the student’s return to school. Parents are responsible for providing the school a current and secure day telephone number for contact regarding absences.
- Students are directly responsible for establishing good attendance habits, which place priority on being in the classroom on a regular daily basis. Days missed for personal or family convenience should be minimized. When students arrive late for classes, it affects the learning of all students. In addition, absenteeism and tardiness place a burden on teachers. Classroom interruptions, re-teaching lessons, and preparing makeup materials for absent students uses valuable teaching time and deprives all students of learning opportunities. When in school, students are required to be in class or in designated areas.
- Teachers are responsible for structuring the class in such a way that each day is meaningful and rewarding to the students in attendance. Teachers are required to take accurate attendance and comply with building level attendance procedures. Teachers should model regular attendance.
- Administrators are responsible for establishing district and building level procedures that are needed to implement the attendance policy. School activities and related travel should be arranged to minimize negative impact on attendance. Attendance records follow a transferring student to the new school.
1002.4 – Definitions
- Excused Absences (VER): An excused absence is one which has been verified by the parent/legal guardian; an absence that the parent/legal guardian knew of, approved and cleared with the attendance office before, the day of, or no later than the close of the second day upon the student’s return to school.
- Unexcused Absence (UNV): An unexcused absence is one which is unverified by the parent/legal guardian; an absence in which the parent/legal guardian did not have knowledge of, or did not approve, or did not clear with attendance office before, the day of, or no later than the close of the second day upon the student’s return to school. All Unexcused absences shall be included in the total absence limitation and may not be excluded through Attendance Make-up Sessions.
- School Activity Absence (ACT): An absence due to participation in district sponsored field trips, extra-curricular, or co-curricular activities. Activity absences for non-district sponsored extra-curricular activities may be granted upon approval of the superintendent/designee.