September is School Attendance Awareness Month, and in BGISD, it is an opportunity to remind parents and students of the district's attendance policy. A student is allowed 5 days excused with parent notes and 7 days with doctor notes per school year. After 7 doctor notes have been used, the district medical excuse form must be submitted for excused absences and/or tardies. Parent and doctor notes must be turned in to the school within 72 hours of the student’s absence. This attendance policy is new for the 2018-19 school year and implemented in an effort to reduce chronic absenteeism, defined as missing more than 10% of the school year for any reason.
Other attendance-related polices from the 2018-19 Student Handbook:
EXCUSED ABSENCES AND TARDIES:
1. Death or severe illness in the student’s immediate family;
2. Illness of the student;
3. Documented military leave/return of a parent or guardian;
4. Other valid reasons as determined by the Principal, including trips qualifying as educational enhancement opportunities.
TRUANCY: A student who has been absent or tardy without a valid excuse for three or more days is considered truant. A student reported as a truant two or more times is a habitual truant. Students reaching the status of habitual truant can expect a home visit from a school district official. Continuing absences or tardies will result in referral to the court system.