Attendance Policy ATTENDANCE In a matter related to school attendance and grades, the Michigan Attorney General issued an opinion that states that the compulsory school attendance law recognizes an educational value in regular attendance at school. The opinion states that classroom attendance instills a concept of self-discipline, exposes a student to group interactions with teachers and fellow students, and enables a student to hear and participate in class discussion and other related learning experiences. Furthermore, based on these considerations, the staff at Oakridge High School believes that our job as educators is to help nurture the success of all our students. It is virtually impossible to makeup a missed class experience. The instruction, discussion, dialogue, practices, and questioning that takes place cannot be made-up by simply requesting the homework. Students who have good attendance are more successful academically, have higher self-esteem, and are better prepared to enter the realm of higher education and the workplace. It is the mission of Oakridge Public Schools to prepare every student with a globally competitive education focused on college preparation, workplace success, and lifelong learning. Attendance is vital to that success. EXCUSED AND UNEXCUSED ABSENCE Absences will be excused if the parent or legal guardian calls the school on the day of the illness or on the day that the student returns to school. A note from the parent or legal guardian brought to school by the student on the day the student returns to school indicating the reason for the absence. If an excuse is not received by either of these ways within 48 hours after an absence, the absence will be considered unexcused. 1. Absences will be excused for the following reasons: Personal illness or illness in the family, death in the family or of relatives or close friends, or doctor or dental appointments (must bring slip from the doctor or dentist’s office). The doctor’s note must be received by the high school office within 48 hours of the student’s return to school. Unforeseen circumstances which cannot be avoided can be excused through the principal’s office. Students may also take up to five days for hunting or family vacation(s), but the student must receive a permission form from the office in order for the absence to be excused. It should be noted that days missed for hunting or family vacations will be counted toward the 10 day absence limitation. 2. Skipping school or any class period will result in a Saturday school assignment. 3. Limit on absences: A. Students are limited to 10 absences per semester. School related absences will not count toward this limitation. Students will not be allowed to make-up attendance through Saturday school to meet this limitation. B. All absence types are included within this limitation. An appeals committee will be established at the end of each semester to review and consider circumstances such as long term illness supported by doctor documentation (i.e. student ill with mononucleosis or pneumonia). C. If a student exceeds the 10 day limitation, they must take the course final exam and demonstrate course proficiency as outlined below. D. If a student receives a 60%-76% on the course final exam, the student will receive a grade of E. The student will receive credit as they have demonstrated proficiency; however, the grade will be impacted as the student will receive a grade point average of 0.00 for the course. If a student scores below a 60% on the course final exam, the student will receive a grade of F. The student will not receive credit and the grade point average will remain 0.00 for the course. If a student scores 77% or above on the course final exam, the student receives the calculated grade for the course that they have earned. E. Any student, who is required to take an exam but does not attend, will have the absence count toward the 10 day absence limitation. 4. Students may receive homework and receive credit for work done during a suspended period. For excused absences, students will be given credit for make-up work which is turned in within the following time schedule: 1 day absence – 2 days to turn in work, 2 days absence – 4 days to turn in work, 3 days absence – 6 days to turn in work, 4 days absence – 8 days to turn in work, 5 days absence -10 days to turn in work. In addition, teachers will supply makeup work for excused absences. It is the student’s obligation to find out what the make-up assignments are on the first day that he or she returns to class. 5. Any student leaving the building, for any reason, including illness, should first receive permission from the office before leaving. He or she should then sign out in the office, signing in again if returning the same day. A student who does not sign out in the office, but is excused by a parent or guardian will be issued a detention. Those students who sign out must have parents call or the absence will be unexcused. Students are not allowed to leave the building between classes. It will be considered a skip if a student leaves the building without permission. This skip will result in a Saturday school. 6. The high school principal will have sole discretion to determine the appropriate consequences of any unusual lack of attendance on the part of the student body. Any senior class having a significant number of students (e.g., 5 or more) participating in an unauthorized skip day may lose the privilege of having the school sponsored Cedar Point Trip. Underclassmen participating in an unauthorized skip day may be suspended up to 10 days.