Student Absences

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    Absences and Excuses

    The Code of Delaware requires that every person having control of a child between the ages of five and sixteen shall
    send such child to school each day that school is in session. The Code further acknowledges that there are instances
    when a child’s absence is not an illegal act by either the child or the person in control of the child. However, it is
    clearly the expectation of the State of Delaware that children enrolled in school shall be in regular attendance. When
    appropriate, the District will schedule a hearing for parents/guardians of students in grades K-12 to determine if school
    absences are excessive and if parents/guardians are in violation of compulsory school attendance laws. High School
    students are subject to the CRHS attendance hearing procedures. The Board of Education expects those in control of
    students enrolled in the Caesar Rodney Schools to be responsible for regular and punctual patterns of attendance and
    such is expected of all enrolled students.
    The Board of Education recognizes that under certain conditions, absence from school attendance is necessary or
    The Superintendent of Schools is charged with maintaining a comprehensive system of attendance records. Classroom
    teachers and building principals are to maintain an accurate record of student attendance, absence, and tardiness.
    The Board classifies absence from school as either “excused” or “unexcused”. Students who are absent from school
    or a class are responsible for school work missed during their absence. Building principals shall, in cooperation with
    classroom teachers, establish the procedures for make-up work and shall communicate such procedures to parents in
    the school’s parent/student handbook or its equivalent.
    It is the student’s responsibility to take advantage of opportunities provided by the teacher to make up work. The
    student’s grades could reflect failure to make up school work missed as a result of an absence. It is the responsibility
    of the person in control of a child to send a note to the school on the first day of return from an absence describing the
    reason which caused the student to be absent.

    Excused Absences include the following:

    • Absence associated with student illness;
    • Absence associated with a family emergency;
    • Absence associated with a religious holiday;
    • Absence associated with a subpoenaed court appearance;
    • Absence associated with an appointment for treatment by a doctor; or dentist
    • Provided evidence of such is provided;
    • Absence associated with other reasons pre-approved by the principal;
    • Absence associated with suspension

    Unexcused Absences include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Absences for which no written note was provided by the person in control of the student;
    • Absences not considered excused