SAS Attendance Policy5.2 AttendanceFlorida Law (s.1003.24, F.S.) requires children ages six to sixteen to attend school regularly during the entire school term.(1) Parent/Guardian Responsibility.Each parent/guardian of a child within the compulsory attendance age is responsible for the child’s school attendance. It is the responsibility of the student’s parent/guardian to notify the school when the child will not be in attendance. The school shall be notified of the reason for the absence the morning the student is absent, or within twenty-four (24) hours.(2) Excused and Unexcused Absences.A student who is not physically present at school or not participating in an approved school activity shall be counted as absent. Excused absences are defined as: illness or medical care, death in the family, religious holidays, prearranged absences for educational purposes approved by an administrator, financial and certain other special circumstances or insurmountable conditions. All other absences are considered unexcused. A student with an excused absence is not subject to any disciplinary or academic penalties.(3) Tardiness and Early Checkout.Tardiness is defined as any arrival at school five minute after the official school start time. Early checkout is defined as leaving school before the official school dismissal time. Unless the reason for tardiness and early checkout is excused under Policy 5.2(2), the tardy or early checkout is considered unexcused.
This form is for absences related to illness/medical care, death in the family, and religious holidays. Requests to excuse an absence due to an educational experience must be submitted a minimum of one week prior to the experience using the Request for Educational Experience form found in Documents for Families under the Parent Tools tab . The absence will be marked as unexcused until evidence of learning has been presented and approved by the classroom teacher and administration. Evidence of learning is due within 5 days of the child returning to school.