I want to welcome everyone back for the 2017-2018 school year. I look forward to working with our school community. It takes all of us working together to reach our goals during the year.
House Bill (HB) 410: New Attendance Law
Each parent or guardian will be receiving a letter to HB410. If you have any questions, please contact your building principal.
In December 2016, the General Assembly passed HB 410 changing the student attendance laws and redefining excessive absence and truancy beginning in the 2017-2018 school year. The WNLSD is amending and adopting policies that are required by this change in law.
The definition of a “habitual truant” student is as follows:
Absent 30 or more consecutive hours without a legitimate excuse;
Absent 42 or more hours in one school month without a legitimate excuse;
Absent 72 or more hours in one school year without legitimate excuse.
Students that are deemed “habitually truant” under any of these circumstances will be reported to the attendance officer. The attendance officer is required to contact the parent regarding a time and a date for an Absence Intervention Team (AIT) meeting which the parent is required to attend. The AIT will develop an absence intervention plan that will be monitored and evaluated. If the student and parent fail to meet the requirements of the plan, the attendance officer will file a complaint in juvenile court.
The definition of an “excessive absence” student is as follows:
Absent 38 or more hours in one school month with or without a legitimate excuse
Absent 65 or more hours in one school year with or without a legitimate excuse
The parents of students that are deemed “excessive absent” in either of these circumstances will be notified by the school attendance officer. There is no further action required of the parent unless the student’s absences continue.
The District will continue to update your regarding changes to our student attendance policies. Specific building level details will be given to you in written form as an addendum to the school handbook. The most important point to remember is regular school attendance is very crucial to your child’s education. Consistent, all-day-every-day attendance from the beginning bell to the ending bell should be your child’s practice in order to maximize their achievement.