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  1. Valid Excused Absences 

  • Participation in school approved activity or instructional program; 

  • Illness, health condition or medical appointment; 

  • Family emergency including but not limited to a death or illness in family; 

  • Religious or cultural purpose including observance of religious or cultural holiday or religious or cultural instruction; 

  • Court, judicial proceeding or serving on a jury; 

  • Post-secondary, technical school or apprenticeship program visitation or scholarship interview; 

  • State-recognized search and rescue activities; 

  • Absence directly related to student’s homeless status; 

  • Absence resulting from disciplinary action; 

  • Principal and parent, guardian, or emancipate youth mutually agreed upon approved activity.   

  1. RSD honors “family time”. Principal’s should excuse short absences (3 or fewer days) based on travel or significant lifetime events. Parent/guardian must submit a written request to the principal prior to the absence. Parent/guardian should be informed that all absences put students at risk due to loss of instructional time. 

  2. Absences requested by parent/guardian that exceed 3 days should follow established Pre-Arranged Absence procedure. If the pre-arranged absence exceeds 20 consecutive days the student must be withdrawn and cannot be included in the monthly enrollment count.   

  3. Absences must default to unexcused until such time as an excused absence is verified by a parent or guardian. As a general rule, parents should be expected to provide documentation of an excused absence within 48 hours of students return to school.   

  4. Any absence that is or exceeds 3 hours (elementary) or 3 periods (secondary) in length will be counted as a full day absence.  This includes absences at the beginning or the end of the school day.   

  5. Medically-related absences are considered to be excessive at five or more consecutive days or when the absences are recurring. The school may require a parent/guardian to provide a note from their health care provider.   

  6. Tardiness: Students are expected to be in class on time. When tardiness is frequent and/or disruptive, the student should be referred to the principals or designee. Corrective action for tardiness should not include suspension from school.   

  7. Teachers/school staff must report student absences and tardiness including documentation of students’ excused absences using the format and timeline established by the school including submitting online attendance reports. Secondary staff is expected to take attendance each class period.   

  8. If an absence is excused, the student shall be permitted to make up all missed assignments outside of class, under reasonable conditions and time limits established by the teacher, except in classes with a high degree of in-class participation where a student’s grade may be affected because of the student’s inability to make up the activities conducted during the class periods.