Truancy

Unless a child subject to compulsory attendance laws is exempted, excluded or expelled from school attendance, each five days of unlawful absence constitutes a separate violation of state law. (A.S. 14.30.020)

The parents/guardians shall be notified of any unexcused absence of their child and informed of state compulsory attendance laws.

TRUANCY PROCEDURES:

Step 1 Attendance Alert:

When a student accumulates 1-3 Unexcused Absences (or the equivalent) the student will be placed on Step 1 Attendance Alert. Parents will be contacted in person, in writing and/or by phone to review the school, district, and state attendance expectations and policies.

Step 2 Attendance Alert:

When a student accumulates 3-5 Unexcused Absences (or the equivalent) the student will be placed on Step 2 Attendance Alert. A parent meeting is required at which time the policies and procedures will be reviewed. A Parent Contract will be developed which will delineate appropriate interventions and subsequent consequences for further Unexcused Absences. The District Safety Coordinator will be notified.

Step 3 Attendance Alert:

When a student violates the agreement in the Parent Contract, the student will be placed on Step 3 Attendance Alert. Interventions and consequences delineated in the Parent Contract will be initiated. The District Safety Coordinator will be notified.

Step 4 Attendance Alert:

When a student accumulates 10 Unexcused Absences, the student will be considered a truant student. The student’s attendance record will be forwarded to the District Safety Coordinator to initiate the truancy referral process to the Alaska State Court system.

The site administrator shall complete additional referrals for each additional five (5) days of unexcused absences.

The Administration will establish a five member truancy committee consisting of the superintendent, or designee, school safety coordinator, assistant superintendent for personnel and student services, lead social worker, and direct of special education. Upon receiving a completed truancy report from the school safety coordinator the truancy committee will convene, and audio conference with the school site administrator to review all data concerning the truancy. After reviewing the data the committee will decide whether or not a referral to the District Court is warranted.

LOWER KUSKOKWIM SCHOOL DISTRICT

ADOPTED: 1/28/06

REVISED 10/13/08

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