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    School Attendance Policies

    As many of you may know, I am finishing my student teaching next week (only 3 more days with my kids ). After being in a school district and seeing the attendance policies of a few districts I may want to work in I began to wonder about other districts. For those of you that have children in school, are currently in High School, or those who recently graduated HS: what is the district's attendance policy? What happens to the students that break this policy? In the district I was in, the students would still be enrolled in school/class as long as they went to 40% of their classes throughout the semester. Effectively that meant that in order to stay enrolled in the class, you only had to show up 34 times a semester (out of 90).

    Just for clarification, unexcused absence us the same as being truant. Some attendance policies that I've seen are as follows:
    1. Iowa Falls - Three unexcused absences and the student is dropped from the class

    2. Waukee - Seven tardies and the student is dropped from the class. (Might be 3 Unex. too)

    3. CR Xavier - Three unexcused absences and dropped (at least when I was in school. Should still be the same)

    4. Des Moines Public Schools - Student attends 40% of classes before being dropped.

    P.S. I'm graduating (Cum Laude if I get an A- for Student Teaching) next Friday. Woot!


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    Re: School Attendance Policies

    I'm not sure what our policy is here, but I do know that we get way more teacher inservice days than what are necessary - and they aren't at good times.

    In November, they had one a week before Thanksgiving, but held class on Wednesday. We had to go to the inlaws in southern missouri, so I called a "family inservice day" to go there.



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    Re: School Attendance Policies

    When I went to CR Kennedy, 3 unexcused absences, 9 tardies or a combination there-of (3 tardies = 1 unexcused). The teacher could reinstate you if they wanted, so the policy wasn't completely effective


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    Re: School Attendance Policies

    Wow, DM has really lax policies. I can't believe how bad things are for urban high schools in this country. In Chicago the graduation rates are pathetic.



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    Re: School Attendance Policies

    Quote Originally Posted by LindenCy View Post
    Wow, DM has really lax policies. I can't believe how bad things are for urban high schools in this country. In Chicago the graduation rates are pathetic.
    I apologize for being so frank, but the urban schools need to grow some balls and take a stand instead of being afraid of the students and thei parents.


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    Re: School Attendance Policies

    My high school handed out attendance waivers. One waiver for less than three tardies, one waiver for less than three absences, and another for perfect attendance. It was implemented when I was a freshman, and it worked wonders for our attendance rates.

    Edit: Small high school in rural Iowa.


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    Re: School Attendance Policies

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone62 View Post
    I apologize for being so frank, but the urban schools need to grow some balls and take a stand instead of being afraid of the students and thei parents.

    I'm with you. A guy I knew taught HS English in Dallas. The students would basically push him knowing he could do nothing. And this was a big guy, ex-SEC starting offensive lineman.

    Part of the problem is parents don't care and you basically have babysitters in there. At this point there is no way I would send my kids to public school.



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