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Attendance Policy


Each regularly enrolled pupil at Goddard USD 265, grades K-8, shall attend school in accordance with the compulsory school attendance law. Absences which accompany valid excuses will be excused. An absence is unexcused without a valid excuse. The administration shall be responsible for determining the validity of offered excuses for absence from school. Unexcused absences may result in disciplinary action appropriate to each grade level, which includes, but is not limited to, detention or in-school suspension. Unexcused absences may also result in a student being reported to appropriate authorities. Students with excessive absences may be required to provide additional documentation. The following are deemed as valid excuses within the limits of the attendance policy: personal illness, death in the family, doctor or dental appointments, court proceedings, religious observances, school activities and other absences which are deemed necessary by the parents and approved in advance by the administration. Administrators will communicate with parents to insure every effort is made to encourage regular school attendance by all students. Letters will be mailed, per compulsory school attendance law, when students receive three (3) consecutive unexcused absences or five (5) unexcused absences in a semester or seven (7) unexcused absences in a school year. In addition, a letter will be mailed when any student accumulates ten (10) or more absences, excused or unexcused, in one semester