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posted Sep 13, 2017, 8:20 AM by Shannon Powell

The teachers, administration, and Board of Education at DGF High School believe for education to be optimally effective attendance is important. An attendance policy has been adopted that encourages students to be in school whenever possible, invokes parental involvement when necessary, and includes intervention from appropriate school and county personnel.

Excused Absence

  • Medical appointments that cannot be scheduled outside of school hours.  Original medical documentation required within 48 hours of appointment.

  • Family emergencies

  • The death or serious illness or funeral of an immediate family member

  • Active duty in any military branch of the United States

  • The child has a condition that requires ongoing treatment for a mental health diagnosis

  • Religious observances

  • Prior approval by the school principal is required for absence due to travel.  Students are responsible for their work in advance. Some work may not be able to be made up (field trips, group projects, etc.) A reasonable time to expect work to be provided by the teacher is five days in advance.

  • School sponsored and directed activities

Unexcused Absence

  • Running late (to class or school)

  • Missing ride/bus

  • Oversleeping

  • Truancy

  • Work at a business, except under a school-sponsored work program

  • Other illegitimate excuses

Administration will hold a  conference with the student upon the third unexcused absence to discuss consequences.  A conference will also be held with the student, parents, administration,  teachers, coaches, counselor and the student assistance  team to determine why the student has been absent, develop a contract that will encourage the student to attend class, and/or make teachers aware of any extenuating circumstances inhibiting regular attendance beyond the student’s control. The student will also be reminded of ensuing procedures for additional absences.

Upon the third unexcused absence the student’s name will be given to the Clay County Truancy Officer. The officer will likely meet with the student and make recommendations to the principal. When it is appropriate, the officer will make contact with parents.

Letters will be sent to the family and Clay County Social Services after the third, fifth and seventh unexcused absences.  If a student acquires nine unexcused absences, their case will be reviewed by a student assistance team to consider  actions to withdraw the student from specific courses.