Attendance Policy

Compulsory Attendance: All children who have attained the age of six years by February 1 of any school year or who are older than six years of age, but have not attained the age of 16 years, shall be required to attend school regularly during the school term. A student shall attend all school sessions unless excused by proper school authority. This rule does not apply to students exempted by Section 232.06, Florida Statutes.

Each parent/guardian of a child within compulsory attendance age is responsible for the child’s school attendance.

Student Attendance:

  1. Unexcused: On a daily basis, student absences will be recorded as unexcused. It is the responsibility of a student’s parent/guardian to promptly report the reason for the student’s absence to the school in writing within 5 days of absence.


  2. Excused absences include:

                A.  Illness, injury or other insurmountable condition

                B.  Illness or death of a member of the student’s immediate family

                C.  Recognized (or established) religious holidays and/or religious instruction

                D.  Medical appointments

                E.  Participation in an app

                      school site.

    1. Prearranged absences of educational value (up to 5 school days a year) with

      the principal’s prior approval

    2. Up to four (4) days during the school year due to head lice infestation


  3. roved activity or class of instruction held at another

  4. Documentation verifying an excused absence is required after 5 handwritten notes. The school principal is given final authority to determine absences as excused or unexcused.


  5. Tardy: Students who are not in their classroom at 9:30 a.m. are considered tardy. Parents must sign-in their child in the front lobby if he/she is tardy. Tardies are excused with a doctor’s note.  Parents will be notified if there is a problem with tardiness.  Excessive tardies will require a plan to be developed by the parent, child,and principal. Tardiness can be inclusive of truancy proceedings if deemed excessive.

Truancy: A student between the ages of 6 and 18 who has 5 or more unexcused absences within a thirty-day calendar period will be considered truant.  Days of suspension are not included in the number of absences when determining habitual truancy.  Whenever a student attains 5 days of unexcused absence, the students will be referred to a truancy intervention program known as a Child Study Team. A mandatory meeting will be held in an attempt to remedy the circumstances causing the truancy.  Should this effort fail to end the student’s truancy or to alleviate circumstances contributing to that truancy, legal action can result. 

District Attendance Manual

Tardy Matrix 2023-2024