Student absence reporting
Special Note for 2020-21 School Year - To encourage families to keep their children home when sick or for self-quarantine as needed, the District will be flexible on the following as it relates to student attendance:
- District 65 will not request Doctor's notes when students are absent from in-person learning for the remainder of the school year;
- If a student is going to be absent from in-person or remote, parents/caregivers will need to complete a Planned Absence Form, for school documentation purposes. The District will not withdraw students who are not present for 10 or more consecutive days.
- Parents/caregivers should err on the side of safety for all and proactively communicate with the school principal to discuss learning options if they feel that their child may have engaged in any type of activity where self-quarantine may be prudent. This may include but is not limited to plane travel, travel to a place with high community spread (greater than 12%), or attending an unmasked gathering.
Attending school every day has a positive impact on student learning and helps to put students on a track towards success. Parents and guardians are responsible for ensuring that children attend school and must authorize absences by notifying their child's school in advance or at the time of the absence. While children are expected to attend school every day, there are reasons that might cause a student to be absent. Excused/Valid absences include some absences due to illness, observance of a religious holiday, death in the immediate family, family emergency, situations beyond the control of the student, and other circumstances that cause reasonable concern to the parent/guardian for the student’s safety or health. Excessive absences due to illness require a physican's note.
If a child will be absent, the parent/guardian must call and report the absence to their child's school by providing the name of the child, grade, homeroom teacher, and reason for the absence. To report a student absence, please call the main number of the school and follow the automated reporting instructions. The parent/guardian must call by 10am the following day to excuse the absence. If no contact is made with the parent/guardian, the absence will be reported as unexcused. When the student returns to school, a note explaining the absence must be sent with the child. If a student is absent for more than a week, the student and/or parent or guardian is encouraged to make arrangements with the classroom teacher to arrange for completion of missed classroom work and assignments. Please note that teachers are only required to provide assignments during excused absences and suspensions.
Student are permitted to leave during the school day only when authorized by the principal after receipt of a written note from a parent/guardian requesting permission for the student to leave, and when the student is picked up from the school office.
Updating Contact Information
At the time of registration, parents/guardians provide emergency contact information including the person(s) to contact in the event of their child's illness or absence. Please ensure that emergency contact information is current for your child. Any changes can be made via SISK12 (parent portal), by calling the school office, or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.