Truancy Facts English

 

 

                                                                                                          

                                                                                     

                                                 A Few Facts on Elementary Schools

Attendance for Parents/Guardians

 

ALL ABSENCES ARE EITHER EXCUSED OR UNEXCUSED

 

  WHAT DETERMINES AN EXCUSED ABSENCE?

§  It is anytime a parent calls the school with a reason for a students’ absence which the Principal determines is justifiable. (Excused)            

 

  WHAT DETERMINES AN UNEXCUSED ABSENCE?

§  No contact from a parent: No phone call on the day of absence or note from the parent, the day the student returns to school.

 

 THE ALLOWABLE NUMBER OF DAYS A STUDENT CAN BE ABSENT;

        EXCUSED OR UNEXCUSED.

 

§  Arizona State Law requires students attend 90% of the total days school is in session.

§  Mesa Schools are in session 180 days each school year.

                     90% = 162 days in school

                     10% = 18 days of absences

   Parent(s)/Guardian(s) may be cited to court for their student with 18 or more

   absences a school year. (Excused or Unexcused)

§  Each of the 18 absences, the parent(s) are expected to call the school or send a note within 24 hours of the day the child returns to school.

§  If you do not have a phone and it is possible, send a note each day with a sibling or neighbor, especially if your child will be out more than a day.

§  It is recommended to call child’s school each day your child is absent, so we know your child is safe.

 

COMMUNICATION, COMMUNICATION, COMMUNCATION!

§  Keep in touch with the school.

§  Home phone numbers – be sure the school always has your correct or new number.

§  Home address- be sure the school has your correct address.

§  When the student goes to medical appointments, provide a written excuse from the doctor to the school to explain the absence.

AND

§  Contact the Principal when you feel it is necessary.

§  Advise the Principal when there is a family crisis.

§  Know the school attendance number – it has 24 hour voice mail available.

§  Know the additional education services available for your child such as after school tutoring or homework hours at some schools. Ask your school what is available.

§  Know the clubs and after school activities available for your child.

 

 

Office of School Safety and Security

63 E. Main Street, #300, Mesa Arizona 85201

 

480.472.1150 Phone 480.472.1160 Fax