Regular and punctual attendance is essential for success as a student. Absences interrupt the process of learning and therefore require an excuse from the parents. Students are required to be in attendance no fewer than 90% of days in session, exclusive of absence for official school business.
Nine-day Absence Policy
Classroom experiences are vital to the learning process, and are mandatory because of state regulations; therefore, credit may be denied if a student is absent more than 6 days in any class that meets 2-3 times weekly, and 9 days in any class which meets 5 days a week, in any one semester. This includes both excused and unexcused absences, but does not count against a student any absences due to school related business (i.e. sporting events, field trips). Credit will be denied, without appeal, if a student has more than 15 absences in any one subject area, per semester, unless medical reasons are shown to be the primary cause. In most cases, missing this many classes in a single semester will prevent the student from gaining the knowledge required by both the school and state.
If credit is denied for a course because of excessive absences, the student and his or her parents shall have the right to appeal the action by filing an attendance petition with the Academic Affairs Committee of the school board and only if the student was passing the class at the time of the absences. Forms are available through the office or on the school Web site. Appeals will be handled on an individual basis.
…from the Student Handbook, pg. 35
Absence exceeds nine class periods for specified course.
(Complete one form per course.)
I Officially request credit be granted.
Office Use Only:
Principal Recommendation _____ Grant Credit ______ Deny Credit
Principal Signature ____________________________________ Date ______________________
After review, the Academic Affairs Committee of the Greenleaf Friends Academy Board of Trustees has made a decision to ______ grant credit ________ deny credit to the above named student in the above named class.
Board Member Signature _______________________________________