ATTENDANCE PHILOSOPHY
The Board of Education believes that regular attendance is required for promotion and success in schoolwork and that excessive absences negatively affect a student's academic performance and the overall classroom environment.  Participation in classroom activities, discussions, lab experiences, and certain other interactions are beneficial for everyone in the classroom and are all necessary ingredients of the learning process.  All students that are under the age of 18 are required by law to attend school. Both students and parents share responsibility for regular and prompt attendance.

ATTENDANCE POLICY
The Montague Board of Education, pursuant to the authority granted by the statutes of the State of Michigan, has adopted district Attendance Policy, which sets forth certain attendance requirements for students of the Montague Area Public Schools and establishes procedures and sanctions concerning those requirements.  In order to facilitate the efficient functioning of that policy, the Board of Education resolves the following:
 

  1. The building principal is charged with the responsibility and given the authority to interpret and enforce district Attendance Policy.

  2. The building principal shall have the authority to order the suspension or removal from school of a student who is in violation of district Attendance Policy, subject always to the ultimate power of the Board of Education to hear and decide an appeal established under the policy, when such an appeal is requested by the student and parents/guardians.


ABSENCE DEFINITIONS
Absences are either excused (EA), school related (SR), Exempt (XT), Medical (DR), or unexcused (UA); however, absences happen for a variety of reasons.  To determine the reason for the absence and to ensure consistency in interpreting the policy, a high school administrator will be responsible for identifying what type of absence has occurred.

Excused Absences (EA):
An excused absence occurs when a parent or guardian notifies the school within two days (48 hours) of the absence.  Examples of Excused absences include illness without medical documentation, family obligations, vacations, hunting trips, etc.  It is the opinion of the school district that absences of these types should be planned to coincide with scheduled school vacation time.  However, if this is not possible, the absence must be prearranged by contacting the appropriate administrative secretary. Excused absences are reflected when calculating CORE Score.         

Other Excused Absences:

  1. School-related absence (SR):  Students miss a class and are out of the building because of school-generated activities (sports events, field trips, etc.).

  2. Suspension (IS/OS):  A student has been denied attendance by the administration for disciplinary reasons.

  3. Exempt absence (XT): Students who have school in the morning with MHS but may not have school in the afternoon with MCTC would be exempt from attendance in the afternoon. 


Medical and Documented Absences (DR):
A medical or documented absence occurs when parents or guardians have notified the school within two days (48 hours) of the absence and produced documentation that supports the absence.  Examples include illness that requires a doctors visit or hospitalization, recovery from surgery or accident, deaths and funerals of immediate family, college visits (limit of two junior and senior year), court appointments, professional appointments (that could not be scheduled outside of the regular school day), and observation or celebration of a bonafide religious holiday. These types of absences will not count against a student in regards to their CORE score.

In all types of excused absences, students are allowed to make up the missed work, but it is their responsibility to obtain the assignments from teachers and to complete the work in a timely manner.  Generally, one make-up day will be allowed for each day of absence unless the teacher and the student make other arrangements.

Unexcused Absences (UA): 
For unexcused absences, students will be allowed to make up work for credit.  
The following are examples of unexcused absences:

  1. Not having a parent or guardian notify the school within two school days of the absence

  2. Missing a class or leaving school during the school day for any reason without first receiving permission from the office

  3. Missing class as a result of using transportation other than a school bus

  4. Oversleeping, missing the bus, etc.

  5. Arriving to class more than 10 minutes late without an acceptable excuse

  6. Skipping a class (A student intentionally chooses not to attend the class.)


The school will make every reasonable effort to notify the parent/guardian when the student is unexcused; however, failure to notify the parent/guardian does not excuse the student.  Please be sure that all phone numbers are accurate and current so that the automatic caller is alerting parents/guardians of students absences.  Unexcused absences are reflected in a students CORE Score.