• Truancy is defined as an absence for an entire school day, a major portion of the school day or the major portion of any class, study hall or activity during the school day for which the student is scheduled. 

    Students who are absent five (5) days without adequate excuse shall be reported to the director of schools/designee who will, in turn, provide written notice to the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student's absence. The director of schools/designee shall also comply with state law regarding the reporting of truant students to the proper authorities. In addition, the principal/designee shall initiate meaningful communications with the student and parent(s)/guardian(s) in order to determine the underlying cause(s) of the unexcused absences. The principal/designee shall then develop an attendance plan and coordinate additional services designed to improve the student's attendance. 

     Upon notification that a student has been absent ten (10) days without adequate excuse, the  principal/designee shall attempt to meet in person with the student and parent(s)/guardian(s) to determine the appropriate services needed to improve the student attendance. The principal/designee shall document all communication attempts and refine the attendance plan as needed. 

     If a student is required to participate in a remedial instruction program outside of the regular school day where there is no cost to the parent(s) and the school system provides transportation, unexcused absences from these programs shall be reported in the same manner. 

     The Board shall determine annually and include in the school calendar a plan for using three (3) abbreviated school days and the procedures for making up missed instructional days. In addition, the Board shall determine annually whether to use flexible scheduling for kindergarten students.