2014-2015 School Attendance Regulations
2014-2015 LaSalle Parish
School Attendance Regulations & Procedure
FINS & COURT REFERRAL CRITERIA & PROCEDURE
“EVERY MINUTE COUNTS”
Students are expected to be in attendance every minute of every day.
Louisiana State Law mandates compulsory school attendance in which every parent or legal guardian of a student shall enforce and be held accountable for the attendance of their student for every day scheduled by the local school board until their eighteenth (18th) birthday. Parents will be asked to sign a notification letter on the 3rd unexcused absence or tardy and attend a conference with school personnel if deemed necessary. Record of a student’s attendance & disciplinary history prints on his/her 3 week progress reports and 6 week report cards. Also, at any time parents can view their child’s current grades, attendance, discipline, and teacher lesson plans on any on-line computer through the Parent Communication Center on the School District website at www.lasallepsb.com.
As defined by State Law, any student enrolled in LaSalle Parish Schools shall be considered habitually absent or habitually tardy upon the 5th unexcused absence or upon the 5th unexcused occurrence of being tardy (this includes late to school and/or early checkouts) within a semester.
- 1st Semester dates are: August 14, 2014 through December 19, 2014;
- 2nd Semester dates are: January 6, 2015 through May 19, 2015;
- High school students (9-12) attendance shall be kept on a per class period basis;
- For high schools counting attendance by class periods, a student shall be present for more than 50% of a class period to be counted as being in attendance for that class period.
Exceptions to the attendance regulation shall be the enumerated extenuating circumstances below that are verified by the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance or the school principal/designee where indicated.
- Extended personal physical or emotional illness as verified by a physician or dentist.
- Extended hospital stay as verified by a physician or dentist
- Extended recuperation from an accident as verified by a physician or dentist
- Extended contagious disease within a family as verified by a physician or dentist
- Observance of special and recognized holidays of the student’s own faith.
- Visitation with a parent who has been called to duty for military deployment/leave(not to exceed 5 days)
- Absences verified & approved by the school principal or designee stated below:
- Prior school system-approved travel for education
- Death in the immediate family (not to exceed one week)
- Natural catastrophe and/or disaster; or
- Mandated Court appearances as verified by a Court Official.
For any other extenuating circumstances, the student’s parents/legal guardians must make a formal appeal to the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance for determination of Extenuated Circumstances on a case-by-case basis. NOTE: Students who are verified as meeting extenuating circumstances, and therefore eligible to receive grades, shall not receive those grades if they are unable to complete makeup work or pass the course.
- All excuses, including original doctor/dentist verification or faxed excuses from the doctor’s office only, for a student’s absence must be presented to the school within 5 days of the student’s return to school to be considered for extenuating circumstances.
Bulletin 741 Guidelines RE: Excessive absences, denial of credit, make up time procedure: In order to receive grades, Elementary students shall be in attendance a minimum of 60,120 minutes. In order to be eligible to receive grades, high school students shall be in attendance a minimum of 30,060 minutes per semester on a per period basis. When a student has exceeded the allowable days of absence (6 per semester for High Schools or 12 per year for Elementary) and no extenuated circumstances are documented, a committee appointed by the Principal will review the student’s absences before credit is denied or make-up time is scheduled. Students in danger of failing due to excessive absences may be allowed to make up missed time in class sessions held outside the regular class time. The make-up sessions must be completed before the end of the current semester and all other policies must be met. Failure to make up the time, complete the work, or make the grade will result in failure for the year at the elementary level or denial of credit and failure on a per period basis at the high school level. In cases of failure and/or denial of credit, appeals may be made to the Supervisor of Child Welfare & Attendance and must be requested by the parent/legal guardian and/or student within 72 hours of receiving notification by the School. Following the appeal hearing, the School and parent/legal guardian are notified of the final disposition. The Child Welfare & Attendance Supervisor’s decision in attendance cases is final.
FINS & COURT REFERRAL CRITERIA & PROCEDURE
In compliance with state law relative to habitual absences, tardiness, and disciplinary actions, you are hereby notified that if your student meets the following criteria listed below, he/she shall be referred to LaSalle Parish 28th Judicial District Families in Need of Services (FINS) Program or Formal Court in accordance with Louisiana laws governing school attendance and duty of parents or guardians.
- LaSalle Parish Schools students who exceed 5 days unexcused absence or unexcused tardiness within any school semester or as deemed eligible for referral by the Supervisor of Child Welfare & Attendance and who do not provide a valid excuse according to the criteria for extenuated circumstances as listed above will be referred to FINS.
- Any student who accumulates three suspensions at any given time within the school year and/or is found guilty of any disciplinary infraction that would warrant immediate action by the Principal of the school will be referred to FINS.
In cases of continued disciplinary problems, absences or tardiness, when interventions fail to correct the problem, violations are subsequent to an arrest warrant and/or a referral to formal Court where additional penalties may be imposed upon the parent/legal guardian as defined by State Law including but not limited to additional fines, community service, and/or imprisonment.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding school attendance or discipline, contact the Principal of your child’s school or Melinda Edwards, Supervisor of Child Welfare & Attendance at (318) 992-2161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.