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.
§ 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