New Albany - Plain Local School District
Bylaws & Policies


The educational program offered by this District is predicated upon the presence of the student and requires continuity of instruction and classroom participation. Attendance shall be required of all students enrolled in the schools during the days and hours that the school is in session or during the attendance sessions to which s/he has been assigned.

A student in grades 9 through 12 may be considered a full-time equivalent student provided the student is enrolled in at least five (5) units of instruction, as defined by State law, per school year.

In accordance with statute, the Superintendent shall require, from the parent of each student of compulsory school age or from an adult student who has been absent from school or from class for any reason, a written statement of the cause for such absence. The Board of Education reserves the right to verify such statements and to investigate the cause of each single absence or prolonged absence.

The Board considers the following factors to be reasonable excuses for time missed at school:



personal illness (a written physicianís statement verifying the illness may be required)



illness in the family necessitating the presence of the child



quarantine of the home



death in the family



necessary work at home due to absence or incapacity of parent(s)/guardian(s)



observation or celebration of a bona fide religious holiday



out-of-state travel (up to a maximum twenty-four (24) hours per school year that the studentís school is open for instruction) to participate in a District-approved enrichment or extracurricular activity


Any classroom assignment missed due to the absence shall be completed by the student.


If the student will be absent for twenty-four (24) or more consecutive hours that the studentís school is open for instruction, a classroom teacher shall accompany the student during the travel period to provide the student with instructional assistance.



such good cause as may be acceptable to the Superintendent



medically necessary leave for a pregnant student in accordance with Policy 5751



service as a precinct officer at a primary, special or general election in accordance with the program set forth in Policy 5725

Attendance need not always be within the school facilities, but a student will be considered to be in attendance if present at any place where school is in session by authority of the Board.

The Board shall consider each student assigned to a program of other guided learning experiences to be in regular attendance for the program provided that s/he reports to such staff member s/he is assigned for guidance at the place in which s/he is conducting study, and regularly demonstrates progress toward the objectives of the course of study.

The Superintendent may excuse a student over fourteen (14) years of age from attendance at school for a future limited period for the purpose of performing essential work directly or exclusively for his/her parents or guardians. Such excuse should not exceed five (5) days and may at the discretion of the Superintendent be renewed for five (5) additional days. At no time, however, shall such excuse cause a student to be absent from school for a period of more than ten (10) consecutive days.

At the discretion of the Superintendent or his/her designee, a student may be excused for a longer period of time than ten (10) days if a child's parent or guardian has recently died or become totally or partially incapacitated and there is no older brother or sister living in the home who is out of school. (The Superintendent may request a certificate of a physician attesting to the physical condition of the parent or guardian.)

A student will be considered habitually truant if the student is absent without a legitimate excuse for thirty (30) or more consecutive hours, for forty-two (42) or more hours in one (1) school month, or for seventy-two (72) or more hours in one (1) school year.

Legitimate excuses for the absence of a student who is otherwise habitually truant include but are not limited to:



the student was enrolled in another school district;



the student was excused from attendance in accordance with R.C. 3321.04; or



the student has received an age and schooling certificate.

If a student is habitually truant and the studentís parent has failed to cause the studentís attendance, the Board authorizes the Superintendent to file a complaint with the Judge of the Juvenile Court and/or to take any other appropriate intervention actions as set forth in this Boardís policy.

If a student who is habitually truant violates the order of a Juvenile Court regarding the studentís prior adjudication as an unruly child for being a habitual truant, s/he may further be adjudicated as a delinquent child.

In order to address the attendance practices of a student who is habitually truant, the Board authorizes the Superintendent to take any of the following intervention actions:



assign the student to a truancy intervention program



provide counseling to the student



request or require the studentís parent to attend a parental involvement program



request or require a parent to attend a truancy prevention mediation program



notify the Registrar of Motor Vehicles of the studentís absences



take appropriate legal action

The Superintendent is authorized to establish an educational program for parents of truant students which is designed to encourage parents to ensure that their children attend school regularly. Any parent who does not complete the program is to be reported to law enforcement authorities for parental education neglect, a fourth class misdemeanor if found guilty.

The Superintendent shall develop administrative guidelines that:



establish proper procedures so the student and his/her parents are provided the opportunity to challenge the attendance record prior to notification and that such notification complies with R.C. 3321.13 (B)(2);



establish a school session which is in conformity with the requirements of the rules of the State Board;



govern the keeping of attendance records in accordance with the rules of the State Board;



identify the habitual truant, investigate the cause(s) of his/her behavior, and consider modification of his/her educational program to meet particular needs and interests;



provide students whose absence has been excused an opportunity to make up work they missed and receive credit for the work, if completed;



refer for evaluation any student who, due to a specifically identifiable physical or mental impairment, exceeds or may exceed the District's limit on excused absence to determine eligibility either under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or other appropriate accommodation.

Whenever any student of compulsory school age has sixty (60) consecutive hours in a single month or a total of ninety (90) hours of unexcused absence from school during the school year, s/he will be considered habitually absent. The Board authorizes the Superintendent to inform the student and his/her parents, guardian, or custodian of the record of excessive absence as well as the District's intent to notify the Registrar of Motor Vehicles, if appropriate, and the Judge of the Juvenile Court of the student's excessive absence.

R.C. 3313.664, 3317.034, 3321.01 et seq., 3321.13(B)(2), 3321.19, 3321.191
R.C. 3321.22, 3321.38, 3323.041, 3331.05
A.C.  3301-35-03(G), 3301-47-01, 3301-69-02

Revised 10/22/90
Reviewed 6/94
Readopted 7/94
Revised and readopted 10/97
Revised and readopted 8/00
Revised 4/26/10
Revised 2/27/12
Revised 7/10/17

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