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2013-2014 LaSalle Parish School Attendance Regulations & Procedure

2013-2014
LaSalle Parish School Attendance Regulations & Procedure
Truancy/Discipline Court 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.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

  • 1st Semester dates are:  August 15, 2013 through December 20, 2013;
  • 2nd Semester dates are:  January 6, 2014 through May 19, 2014;
  • 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.

  1. Extended personal physical or emotional illness as verified by a physician or dentist.
  2. Extended hospital stay as verified by a physician or dentist
  3. Extended recuperation from an accident as verified by a physician or dentist
  4. Extended contagious disease within a family as verified by a physician or dentist
  5. Observance of special and recognized holidays of the student’s own faith.
  6. Visitation with a parent who has been called to duty for military deployment/leave(not to exceed 5 days)
  7. Absences verified & approved by the school principal or designee stated below:
    1. Prior school system-approved travel for education
    2. Death in the immediate family (not to exceed one week)
    3. Natural catastrophe and/or disaster; or
    4. 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.

Denial of Credit Procedure: When a student has exceeded the allowable days of absence (4 per semester for High Schools or 8 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.  If no extenuated circumstances are confirmed by the committee, the student and parents receive written notification of the decision to deny credit and are informed of the appeal process.   Appeals are 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 of denied credit by the School.  Following the appeal hearing, the School and parent/legal guardian are notified of the final disposition.

TRUANCY/DISCIPLINE COURT REFERRAL CRITERIA & PROCEDURE

            In compliance with state law relative to habitual absences, tardiness, and disciplinary actions, Truancy/Discipline Court for the 2013-2014 school year will occur on a regularly basis.  

            You are hereby notified that if your student meets the following criteria listed below, he/she may be referred to Truancy/Discipline Court which is an informal Court process and intervention strategy of the LaSalle Parish 28th Judicial District Families in Need of Services Program (FINS) in collaboration with LaSalle Parish School’s Child Welfare & Attendance Program: 

  1. LaSalle Parish Schools students who exceed 5 days unexcused absence or unexcused tardiness within any school semester or as deemed eligible for referral by SCWA and who do not provide a valid excuse according to the criteria for extenuated circumstances as listed above may be referred to Truancy/Discipline Court.
  2. Any student who accumulates three in-school or out-of school suspensions and/or is found guilty of any disciplinary infraction that would warrant immediate action by the Principal of the school will be referred to Truancy/Discipline Court.

In cases of continued disciplinary problems, absences or tardiness, when interventions fail to correct the problem, violations are subsequent to 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 melindae@lasallepsb.com.