ATTENDANCE OFFICER (985) 474-8811
Attendance policy changes are in effect for the 2011-2012 school year. The minimum attendance requirements for students are as follows:
§Grades 9 -12: Students must attend school 83.5 days per semester, which will allow six (6) days of absences per semester.
EXCEPTIONS TO THE ATTENDANCE REGULATIONS: Exceptions will be the enumerated extenuating circumstances listed below that are verified by the Director of Child Welfare and Attendance or the school principal or his or her designee. For any other circumstances, parents must submit a formal appeal to the Director of Child Welfare and Attendance. (These exempted absences do not apply in determining whether a student meets the minimum minutes of instruction required to receive credit.):
1. Extended personal physical or emotional illness as verified by a physician or nurse practitioner licensed in the state
2. Extended hospital stay as verified by a physician or dentist
3. Extended recuperation from an accident as verified by a physician, dentist, or nurse practitioner licensed in the state
4. Extended contagious disease within a family as verified by a physician or dentist licensed in the state
5. Observance of special, recognized holidays of the student’s own faith
6. Visitation with a parent who is a member of the United States Armed Forces or the National Guard when that parent has been called to duty for or is on leave from overseas deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting. Excused absences in this situation shall not exceed five school days per school year.
7. Absences verified by the school principal or designee as follows: 1) prior school system-approved travel for education; 2) death in the immediate family (not to exceed one week); or 3) natural catastrophe or disaster
8. Minors engaged in artistic or creative services.
TYPES OF ABSENCES:
1. Non-exempted excused absences: absences incurred due to personal illness or serious illness in the family (documented by acceptable excuses, including parent notes) which are not considered for purposes of truancy, but are considered when determining whether or not a student is eligible to make up work and tests, receive credit for work completed, and receive credit for a course and/or school year completed.
2. Exempted excused absences: absences which are not considered for purposes of truancy and which are not considered when determining whether a student is eligible to make up work and tests, receive credit for work completed, and receive credit for a course and/or school year completed.
3. Unexcused absence: any absence not meeting the requirements set forth in the excused absence and extenuating circumstances, including but not limited to absences due to any job unless it is part of an approved instructional program. Students will be given failing grades for those days missed and will not be given an opportunity to make up work.
Above information is from the 2011-2012 TPSS Student and Parent Handbook.