Attendance & Truancy
Did you know:
- A recently released study shows the negative impact of chronic absenteeism on both academic performance and social-emotional skills needed to persist and engage in learning.
- Absenteeism in preschool and kindergarten can influence whether a child will be held back in third grade.
- Absenteeism in middle and high school can predict dropout rates. As early as 6th grade, absenteeism becomes an indicator that a student will drop out. A statewide study found that a student who is chronically absent in any year between 8th and 12th grade is 7.4 times more likely to drop out.
- Absenteeism influences not just chances for graduating but also for completing college. A new analysis of Rhode Island data found that only 11 percent of the chronically absent students who graduated from high school made it to a second year of college, compared to 51 percent of students with better high school attendance records. (attendanceworks.org, 2014)
Students who attend school daily are more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to graduate from high school on time. We need your support to ensure that your student arrives on time and ready to learn each day.
Important guidelines every parent and guardian must know:
- If a student accumulates 4 unexcused absences in a month or 10 (excused or unexcused) absences in a school year, they are considered habitually truant or chronically absent.
- Habitual truancy or chronically absenteeism violates Colorado School Attendance Law, C.R.S. §§ 22-33-101 through 104 which requires students to attend school from ages 6 to 17.
- Cases of habitually truant or chronically absent students may be forwarded directly to district court for prosecution.
- Adams 14 Board of Education policy JH states that, “For district purposes of calculating truancy and chronic absenteeism, three (3) tardies or early departures will be considered a partial absence and three (3) partial absences will be considered an absence.”
- Important definitions:
- Tardy is defined as a student's arrival within 10 minutes after the scheduled start time for the class.
- Early departure is defined as a student's departure from class within the last 10 minutes.
- Partial absence is defined as a student arriving 10 or more minutes late to class or leaving 10 or more minutes before the end of class.
In cases of habitual truancy or chronic absenteeism, Adams County School District 14 provides a Truancy Action Plan hearing. This hearing allows students, family members and school administrators to candidly discuss obstacles and form an agreement to avoid future absences.
If the student and parent do not follow the contract and the student continues to accumulate unexcused absences, the student may be referred to the District Court. A court order may then be issued requiring the student to attend school.
Student success and wellbeing directly correlate with daily school attendance. It is critical your child arrives to school on time and ready to learn each day. To read the Board’s attendance policy in it's entireity, please click here.
If you have questions about your student’s attendance record, please contact your school attendance clerk or the Student Support Services Department. If you have other questions related to the importance of daily on-time school attendance, please contact Dr. Jeremy Jimenez, Director of Student Intervention Services.
Dr. Jeremy Jimenez
Director of Student Intervention Services
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