Killip Elementary Attendance Policy
Reporting Absences - Call absence line: 928-773-4089
Punctual and regular attendance is very important to your child's success in school. Schools are required by law to keep an exact record of reasons for absences (e.g. illness, bad weather, appointments).
If your child must be absent, please call the Absence Reporting Line before 9:00 am.
Please give the following information in your message:
- Child's first and last name
- Reason for absence
- Request for missed work
- Your name/relationship to the child
Absences will be reported as required by state law.
If you know your child will be absent for an extended period of time, (instead of calling in every day) you may send a note to the office with dates your child will be out, teacher/grade, and the reason for the absence.
Students have the responsibility of being at school on time. Late students must stop at the office for an admit slip before going to class.
Excessive tardies will result in appropriate consequences.
Students must stay at school throughout the day unless they have a written request from parents. Requests must be approved by the principal. The principal has discretion in granting permission to leave campus for lunch.
F.U.S.D. Attendance Policy and ATTEND Program Guidelines
School attendance is mandatory by law. Students may be excused for the following reasons:
- Medical provider excuse
- Death in the family
- Family emergency
- Religious commitment
- Diagnostic testing
- School-sponsored activities
- Extenuating circumstances
- Parental petitioned vacations agreed to by school administration
Extended absences due to medical conditions must be reported to the school nurse at the student's home school. Any student identified as having a chronic health condition verified by a physician is exempt from this policy.
For the purposes of this policy, truancy is defined as absence without parental approval or knowledge. At the elementary level, three tardies or three occurrences of students leaving early (unexcused) will equal one unexcused absence.
Failure to comply with this policy means the absence will be considered "unexcused" and therefore subject to the Flagstaff Unified School District Elementary ATTEND Policy. FUSD administration and Coconino County Attorney's office may choose to move towards prosecution for isolated situations of habitual truancy or for situations where students have had habitual truancy issues from one year to the next.
The Arizona Revised Statutes, ARS 15-803, addresses student attendance in school and Project ATTEND is the plan developed to work with our students and parents to improve school attendance. ARS 15-803 explains that students are able to be in school unless "the child is in such physical or mental condition that instruction is inexpedient or impractical." The steps in the project ATTEND process are:
STEP 1 - A letter is sent home by the school administration. (five days unexcused absences or three truancies)
STEP 2 - A letter is sent home by the Deputy County Attorney. (seven days unexcused absences or four truancies)
STEP 3 - Student Attendance Review Team (SART) meeting will take place with the County Attorney's Office. Members will include parents, students, school administration, and the Deputy County Attorney. (twelve days unexcused absences or five truancies)
STEP 4 - Referral to the Coconino County Attorney's Office if no improvement takes place after STEP 3.
These steps are progressive in nature, and if the student's attendance improves, the "next" step in the process will not be initiated. If a child is absent due to the circumstances listed above, it is vital that the parents contact the school as soon as possible.
Every child's academic success is important to the Flagstaff Unified School District, and the Coconino County Attorney's office. Regular attendance is one way to make success for each child a reality. Policy Revised 2011