Constantine Public Schools Attendance Policy
Daily attendance, of all who are enrolling in Michigan Public Schools, is required in accordance with State law and School Board Policy.
Section 380.1561 of the General School Laws of Michigan states: “every parent, guardian or other person in this state, having control and charge of any child from the age of six (6) to the child’s sixteenth birthday, shall send that child to the public schools during the entire school year. The child’s attendance shall be continuous and consecutive for the second year fixed by the school district in which the child is enrolled.” Similarly, the elementary schools shall adhere to the policy that each student should be in attendance every day school is in session. Students are required to attend all regularly scheduled classes and assemblies unless otherwise excused.
It is the intent of the Constantine Public Schools to monitor and promote regular school attendance. A record of the attendance of each student shall be maintained in accordance with the following classifications:
1. “Tardy” shall mean a child arrived after the beginning of class (7:40 a.m.) but before one (1) hour had passed.
2. “Absence” shall mean a child missed over one (1) hour of class time.
3. “Early Departure” shall mean a child left school (before 2:50 p.m.) missing one (1) hour or less of class time, which results in a tardy as well.
Frequent absences and/or tardies may affect student’s participation in non-curricular field trips and events, promotion to the next grade, and/or may result in disciplinary consequences and referral to legal agencies.
Parents may be notified in writing when a student has been absent ten (10) days per year, or 10% of the days school has been in session, and again at twenty (20) days per year. After twenty (20) days, written substantiation may be required by a doctor for each absence. If not supplied, the student may be regarded as truant. Proper legal authorities may also be notified when excessive absences occur.
It is important that students arrive at school on time in order to prepare themselves for the beginning of class and to establish a habit of punctuality. The school doors open each morning at 7:35 a.m.
1. Absences must be excused by a parent or legal guardian by calling school between 7:30 and 9:00 a.m.
2. If a student is not properly excused by phone on the day of the absence, a written note from the parent or guardian verifying the reason for the absence should be submitted within two (2) days of his/her return to school. (Please note: students will remain unexcused until parents have contacted the school to confirm absence.) One day for each day of absence will be allowed for schoolwork missed to be made up before a penalty may be involved.
3. Pre-arranged absences for family trips require a written note at least two (2) days prior to the absence, so that arrangements for make-up work can be made prior to leaving.
4. If an absence is directly related to any officially recognized school activity, whereby the student has an active role, the student will be considered present.
A doctor’s note is needed for “illness” absences exceeding 3 days.
EXCUSED ABSENCES / TARDIES:
Excused absences/tardies usually fall into one of the following categories:
Students are tardy at 7:40 a.m., unless their bus is late. Students are excused for afternoon dismissal at 2:50 p.m.
1. Personal illness or illness in the family.
2. Death in the family or of a close friend.
3. Medical or dental appointments.
4. Family emergencies of unforeseen circumstances.
5. Religious holidays.
6. Mutually agreed pre-arranged absences between principal and parent.
UNEXCUSED ABSENCES / TARDIES:
A student is considered unexcused when:
1.The absence/tardy does not fall into one of the excused categories. Examples of unexcused absences / tardies are things such as oversleeping, missing bus, car problems, babysitting, shopping, etc.
2. No parental communication (phone call, note). 3. Skipping school or class. 4. Absence due to suspension.
Students will not be permitted to leave the school during school hours, except with a parent or guardian, or with a written directive to the office from the parent. We are responsible for children during school hours and must know whom they are with at all times.
For the protection of students, they will not be sent out to waiting cars. If you want to pick up your child, we ask that you come to the office. Please do not ask your child to come to your car rather than board the bus if the teacher has not been notified in writing by you. Please notify the office of all changes from the normal pattern.
Since there is no supervision, children are not allowed in the building before 7:30 a.m. If your child is NOT eating breakfast at school, they need to be dropped of at the front (west end door) entrance. Students eating breakfast will be allowed inside at 7:20 a.m. at the main office entrance (south end). Students are allowed in the building at 7:35 a.m. and are expected to be in the classroom at 7:40 a.m. when class begins. School hours from 7:40 a.m. – 2:50 p.m. All students entering school after 7:40 a.m. or leaving school before 2:50 p.m. must be signed in and/or out by a parent or designated adult. If a parent MUST sign their child out early due to a doctor or other appointment, the office staff will be happy to call the student to the office while the parent signs the child out of school.