200.0 -- ATTENDANCE AND ENROLLMENT POLICIES
attendance is the responsibility of the parent and the student. There is a
strong relationship between attendance and academic performance. Students who
will be 6 years old by February 1 of any school year, or who are older than 6
but have not attained the age of 16, are expected to attend school every school
day of the 180-day school year. A student who attains the age of 16 during the
school year is not subject to compulsory school attendance beyond the date upon
which he or she attains that age if the student files a formal Declaration of
Intent to Terminate School Enrollment. The declaration must be signed by the
student and his or her guardian. An exit interview and a survey completed by
the student is a part of the withdrawal process. Without the formal
Declaration of Intent, students continue to be subject to compulsory school
attendance until they are eighteen or graduate from high school.
Statute §1003.24 states that the parent/legal guardian of a child of compulsory
age is responsible for the child’s daily school attendance. School staff,
parents, students and state agencies are expected to work together to ensure
that all applicable school attendance laws are obeyed, including but not
limited to referral to the state-designated agency for possible court action
All absences are considered unexcused
until the school receives written explanation from the parent/guardian within
three days of the absence. The principal or designee has the authority to
determine whether or not an absence is excused. Excessive excused absences for
illness may result in the student being required to provide a doctor’s note or
other substantiating medical evidence.
Attendance is reported by period at the middle and high school
levels. In order to be considered present for the day, a student must be in
attendance minimally for:
Equivalent of four periods in a traditional seven period day (200
minutes) or three block periods (270 minutes)
Four periods of the day (200 minutes)
Half of the school day (200 minutes)Students have a RIGHT to:
- Information defining rules for
absences, tardiness, withdrawal and make-up assignments.
- Transportation within the
student’s school zone, but outside the two-mile limit from school.
- Appeal a decision about an
- Make up all work missed during
an out-of-school suspension or an unexcused absence, including tests and
quizzes. In the case of unexcused absence, a teacher may deduct up to 30
percent from the earned grade for the work made up.
Students have a RESPONSIBILITY
200.1 — Excused Absences
- Attend classes daily and be on
- Provide notification from a
parent/guardian when absent.
- Abide by school bus rules and
- Request make-up assignments
from teachers upon their return to school after an absence and to complete this
work within a reasonable length of time, as specified in school and district
attendance procedures and the Student Progression Plan.
200.2 — Absence Reports
- Student illness (if documented
by parent/guardian or medical doctor)
- Observance of a religious
holiday or service that is recognized as such by members of the student’s faith
- Medical appointment with
- Death in the family
- Subpoena by law enforcement
agency or mandatory court appearance
- Other individual student
absences beyond the control of the parent or student, as determined and
approved by the principal or principal’s designee
- Absences should be reported in
accordance with school policy and documented by a written note.
- The report must come from a
parent/guardian or a physician and give the date(s) of the absence and the
reason for it.
- These absence reports must be
submitted within three days following the absences, although school principals
may make exceptions in cases of need.
- Parents may be asked to
provide written medical documentation when excused absences for illness are
excessive. Over nine absences for illness per semester or eighteen for illness
in a school year is considered excessive.
200.3 - Student in Transition
Enrollment Procedures (SCSB Policy 5.14)
A homeless/transition student is
defined under the Federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act as
lacking a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence, and includes:
the housing of other persons temporarily due to loss of housing, economic
hardship, or similar reason (doubled-up);
in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or
train stations, or similar settings.
in motels, hotels, temporary trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack
of alternative adequate accommodations;
children living in one (1) of the above described circumstances;
Youth living in one (1) of the above described circumstances.
homeless youth are those students who meet the above definition of homeless and
are not living in the physical custody of a parent or legal guardian. Not
all unaccompanied youth are considered homeless. Determination for McKinney-Vento protections
must be based on the lack of a “fixed, adequate and regular“ nighttime
Every child has a right to a free and
appropriate public education. Florida Statute 1003.21 requires that all
children attend school regularly until they are 16 years old. Children in
transition who fit federal definitions of homelessness have a right to:
school enrollment and attendance, even without required enrollment
documentation at either the school-of- origin (the school last attended before
they lost their housing) or the school they are zoned for based upon their
current living situation.
(30) day grace period in which the Homeless Education Liaison will assist
parents with obtaining necessary enrollment documentation.
at their school-of-origin for the duration of the school year even if they move
outside of the school’s attendance zone.
to and from the school-of-origin for the duration of the school year.
free breakfast and lunch immediately for the duration of the school year.
prompt resolution about school placement to include special education,
bilingual education, gifted and remedial programs.
Students eligible under the
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act can receive support through
the student support staff at their school and through Schoolhouse Link, the
District’s contracted homeless education program. Services provided
included assistance with school enrollment and McKinney-Vento identification,
transportation to and from “school-of-origin” for the duration of the academic
school year, school uniforms, school supplies, support and linking for families
to community agencies. Students in Transition may also be eligible for
additional supportive academic services. For more information, please
contact the Schoolhouse Link Program at 941-923-6100.
Student Residency Questionnaire