Raton Public Schools
*Approved by Board of Education 8/15/2016*
Success in school depends on regular on-time attendance. New Mexico’s Compulsory School Attendance Law allows students a maximum of ten (10) unexcused absences per year.
Parents must notify the school when their student is absent for any reason. Although parents may call their student’s school to inform the office of an absence, absences will be excused only with written notification received by the school in writing no later than two (2) days following the absence. All unverified absences become unexcused absences.
A. Excused absences are:
1. Doctor or dentist appointment with note upon return.
2. Medical illnesses.
· Student illness of up to two (2) consecutive days may be excused with the parent’s written note.
· Student illness of three (3) or more consecutive days will require a doctor’s note in order to be excused. The doctor’s note should be received in the office the day the student returns to school.
· After the tenth (10) medical absence per year, a student will be required to verify additional medical absences through a physician, the school nurse, or other medical provider. Upon medical verification of prolonged or chronic illness (ten days or more), the school nurse will work with the student and parent to develop an intervention plan.
3. Bereavement for immediate family, with parent’s written notice.
4. Absences approved by the principal due to family emergencies or other circumstances.
B. Unexcused absences are:
1. All unverified absences and other absences not listed above, will be counted as unexcused absences. An unverified absence is when your child misses school and the parent/guardian has failed to tell the school why he/she was gone.
2. When a student has received 10 consecutive days of absences, the student will be withdrawn after three (3) documented attempts have been made to contact the parent and establish an intervention plan. A letter will be sent with a date, time and place to meet with the building principal/district designee to develop an intervention plan. The School will contact local law enforcement to do a welfare check at this time.
C. Students in Need of Early Intervention (also referred to as truants) are in violation of the compulsory school attendance law. It is defined as an absence from school without the permission of parents and school authorities or leaving school without checking out through the principal’s office.
· A truant is a student who has accumulated five (5) unexcused absences within a school year.
· A habitual truant is one who has accumulated ten (10) unexcused absences within a school year.
· Parents of habitual truants will be notified by mail as detailed below in section E below, EXCESSIVE ABSENCES.
· A report on habitual truants is made to the Juvenile Probation Office.
D. Partial Days – Tardiness and early departures are classroom disruptions and are disrespectful to the teacher and other students. Frequent tardiness may result in disciplinary action; that action may include making up the time during recess, at lunch, or after school. Three (3) tardies shall count as an unexcused absence.
1. Tardies will be designated as excused or unexcused.
2. According to the specific elementary school guidelines, a student will be considered tardy if they are not in attendance by the time designated, unless we are on a delayed start day. After that time the student will be considered tardy until 10 minutes after the delayed start time and then it becomes an absence. If the student has not attended school in the morning, an absence will be recorded and a tardy will be received up to ten (10) minutes after the ending lunch bell rings. Beyond 10 minutes, an absence will be recorded.
3. Half of a school day will vary according to the length of the school day. A specific elementary school guideline will be added to the attendance policy of each school to let the parents know where the half day point has been set.
4. If a student has been picked up early from school five (5) times and arrangements have not been made with the building principal, the student and the parent will receive a letter indicating a date, time and place to meet with the building principal/district designee to develop an intervention plan.
E. Excessive absences are defined as ten (10) or more absences per semester, either excused or unexcused. When a student accumulates ten (10) UNEXCUSED absences within the school year, he or she is in violation of the state compulsory attendance law. Continued absences and consequent academic failure may also lead to a recommendation for retention at the current grade level. When determining the consequences for excessive absences, the principal will consider student and parent efforts to pick up and return daily assignments.
1. When a student accumulates five (5) absences, excused or unexcused, the counselor or principal’s office will notify parents by mail of the accumulation of absences and district attendance policy.
2. When a student accumulates seven (7) UNEXCUSED absences within the school year, parents will be notified by mail and an attendance meeting will be scheduled. The date, time and place that the principal/district designee will meet with the student and parents will be included in the letter. The meeting will serve to discuss necessary interventions. Students with patterns of absences may be referred to the SAT (Student Assistance Team) for development of an intervention plan.
3. When a student accumulates nine (9) UNEXCUSED absences within the school year, parents will be notified by certified mail of an attendance meeting. The date, time and place to meet will be included in the letter. The meeting will serve to discuss necessary interventions and sign an attendance contract. A report will also be filed with the Juvenile Probation services and the student will be referred to community based mental health service providers.
A student will be considered TARDY up to the following times for the MORNING:
Longfellow Elementary 9:00 am
Raton Intermediate School 9:00 am
Elementary grade students arriving after these times will accumulate a
half day absence for the morning.
The cut off for half of a day of school is:
Longfellow Elementary 11:00 am
Raton Intermediate School 11:30 am
Raton High School 11:30 am
A student will be considered TARDY up to the following times for the AFTERNOON:
Longfellow Elementary 12:00 pm
Raton Intermediate School 12:30 pm
Elementary students arriving after these times will accumulate a
half day absence for the afternoon.
*High school students arriving more than 15 minutes late for any class period will be marked absent for that class period.
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