It is very important that accurate attendance be kept. The distribution of state funds to our Emmett School District #221 is based upon student attendance. Principals will give each teacher instructions for keeping good attendance records. The principal submits a quarterly attendance report to the District Office.
The local trustees have determined that being present at school is extremely important. Students are required to be in attendance at school at least 90 percent of the time that school is in session during each school term. The local Board of Trustees may deny promotion to the next grade to any student who is not in school at least 90% of the days that school is in session. The Board of Trustees has determined that absence from class, excluding absences resulting from school release for any reason including family convenience, shall be counted when the percentage of attendance and consequent eligibility for promotion is being considered. Except in extraordinary cases, students are expected to be present at school in their assigned grade or subject.
Accurate reporting of attendance at Emmett High School is essential. It is necessary that when a student is absent he/she bring a note to school upon the day of his/her return that it may be place in their file. This will help to facilitate communication between home and school regarding student absences. Notes are due in the administrative office within two days after a student returns to school.
The following types of absences are recognized by Emmett High School:
- Excused /absence - This includes illness, doctor/dentist appointments, absences for outside non-school activities, death, and emergency absences. Whenever possible, the school should be notified in advance of the absence. Students with excused absences may make up missed work within a reasonable period of time (at teacher discretion). These absences are included in the 90% attendance rule for each semester of school.
- Unexcused absence - This is issued when a student misses school for reasons other than those described above, and implies that parental contact has not been made with the school. Students with unexcused absences are not allowed to make up missed work. These absences are included in the 90 percent rule for each semester of school.
- Truancy - A student who is absent from school without the knowledge and permission of his/her parent(s) is considered truant. Also, a student who reports to school and later leaves without permission (checking out in the office) is considered to be truant. Our resource officer will notify law enforcement in these cases. Truancies are included in the 90% rule for each semester of school.
While we realize that students will need to miss school for various reasons, please be aware that only in rare cases, such as extended illness and deaths in the immediate family, can absences be exempted from inclusion in the maximum 18 allowable absences within a school year.
For additional information regarding excuses and credit appeals see your child's school agenda