If your child will miss school, please email us before school begins that morning. Be sure to indicate the student's name, grade, teacher, and the reason for the absence. **If the reason for absence is not provided, the absence will be marked unexcused.
Below is a summary of the Adams 12 Student Attendance Policy. Click above to read the full district policy.
5.1 Elementary. At a minimum, attendance at the elementary level shall be recorded within 10 minutes after class begins in the morning and within 10 minutes after class resumes after lunch.
5.2 Secondary. Attendance at the secondary level shall be recorded within the first 10 minutes of each class period.
6.0 Excused Absences.
6.1 Excused absences are defined as absences caused and excused due to one or more of the reasons defined in this section. For an absence to be excused a telephone call or signed note from the custodial parent/legal guardian, medical practitioner(s), or other authorized official must be submitted within two (2) school days of the school day absent. In the case of multiple consecutive absences, the excuse must be submitted within two (2) school days of the last school day absent.
6.2 A verified illness, injury, a physical disability, or a mental or behavioral health disorder.
6.3 A religious observance generally recognized by an established and bona fide religious organization.
6.4 Absence required by the judicial system (court, juvenile authorities, police, or similar entities).
6.5 A family emergency such as a serious illness or death of an immediate family member.
6.6 Vacations or non-emergency activities should be scheduled for days or times when students are not in school. Reasonable requests for absences to be excused due to vacation or for other non-emergency reasons will be approved if the student has a 95% or higher attendance rate over the prior two (2) grading periods, and if the student is otherwise meeting academic performance expectations as determined by school administration.
6.7 Student absences for participation in school-sponsored or authorized activities are not considered absences from school.
6.8 Absences due to suspension.
6.9 Acceptable reasons for excused absences may be restricted, or additional documentation may be required beyond the guidelines established in this policy by the building administrator or district attendance officer. Additional documentation requirements typically apply to students with a history of habitual truancy, including students on school attendance contracts or under truancy court orders.
6.10 Parents may excuse up to five (5) absences per semester without documentation. Absences beyond five (5) will be considered unexcused unless proper documentation is provided.
7.0 Unexcused Absences.
7.1 All absences that are not excused as defined elsewhere in this policy will be considered to be unexcused.
7.2 A student that has four (4) unexcused absences in one (1) month or ten (10) unexcused absences in a calendar year is considered habitually truant. If school and/or district intervention efforts fail, sanctions for habitual truancy may include a referral to the Truancy Court of the 17th Judicial District and / or a referral to a social service agency.
7.3 Students who are on campus but truant from a scheduled class pose a safety and supervision concern. Students on campus but truant who refuse to comply with staff directives to attend class are considered defiant and are subject to sanctions as described in the student discipline policy.