Achievement and attendance are highly related. Each student should attend school daily. Rules
and regulations regarding excessive absenteeism and tardiness shall be enforced.
1. Students are expected to be in school, on time, every day. Absences may be “excused”
or “unexcused”. For an absence to be considered excused, a parent must supply
appropriate documentation of the reason of the absence in advance or within three (3)
days of the child’s return to school. Any tardy or absences will be unexcused if proper
documentation is not received. Absences may be excused for the following reasons:
- Personal Illness.
- Quarantine of the home. (The absence of a child from school under this condition
is limited to the length of quarantine as fixed by the proper health officials.)
- Serious illness or death of a relative.
- Observance of religious holidays.
- Court subpoena.
- Emergency or set of circumstances that, in the judgment of the principal
constitutes good and sufficient cause of absence from school.
- Funeral of a family member
2. Parents/Guardians must notify the school on the day a student is absent unless written
advance notice of the absence has been submitted to the school. Lacking parental
notification of an absence, the principal/designee will notify the parent of the student’s
absence by telephone or written notice on the same day the student is absent.
3. If a student is dismissed early for a doctor’s appointment or for another valid reason, the
student must bring a note signed by his/her parent or guardian. The parent must meet the
child in the school office before the child will be excused.
4. All other absences are “unexcused” as determined by the principal and include but are not
limited to truancy, oversleeping, personal appointments (hairdresser, etc.) and
*** Students sent home due to illness or medical necessity may be required to produce a
doctor’s note before being readmitted to school. If a required medical excuse is not
provided, the student will need to return home (unexcused absence) until the proper
documentation is provided.
PROCEDURES FOR ATTENDANCE ISSUES
1. Early dismissals during the last 30 minutes of the day are very disruptive and should be
2. Chronic tardiness or absence shall be dealt with initially by phone contact from the
classroom teacher to the absent student’s parent(s) or guardian. If the teacher is unable to
reach the parent or guardian by phone after reasonable effort has been made,
communication shall be sent home, and to the administrators office, advising that
attempts have been made to reach them by phone and requesting the parent/guardian to
contact the teacher. If this does not result in some degree of improvement, the
administration shall mail a letter to the student’s parent(s) or guardian stating the problem
and reminding them of their legal responsibility concerning their child’s attendance in
- Chronic tardiness means: Being late for school or picked up early more than
twice in a week or more than five times in a grading period.
- Chronic absence means: Unexcused absence for 4 or more days in a grading
period. Chronic absence is a serious problem. If the problem continues, the
principal’s designee may be asked to help solve the problem.
- A “habitual” truant is any child of school age who is absent without a legitimate
excused for 5 or more consecutive school days, 7 or more school days in one
month, or 12 or more school days in a school year.
- A “chronic” truant is any child of school age who is absent without legitimate
excuse for 7 or more consecutive school days, 10 or more school days in one
month, or 15 or more school days in a school year.
3. After a total of 10 absences, excused or unexcused, the student must have a printed
excuse from a medical professional in order for the absence to be excused.
For “habitual” truants, Groveport Community School will request to schedule a meeting with the
parent to develop a plan for the parent and child. In the case a parent fails to attend the scheduled
meeting, a written plan will be sent to the parent. If the parent fails to follow the plan, Groveport
Community School may file a complaint in juvenile court jointly against the child and the
parent. The complaint must state that the child is an “unruly child” by virtue of being a “habitual
truant” and that the student’s parent violated the School Attendance Law.
For “chronic” truants, if the parent fails to get the child to school and the child is considered a
“chronic” truant, Groveport Community School must file a complaint in the juvenile court jointly
against the child and the parent. The complaint must state that the child is a “delinquent child”