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Attendance/Early Release/House Bill 410

Attendance/Early Release Procedures, and House Bill 410

Attendance:

If a student is going to be absent from school, a parent/guardian must notify the attendance office to inform the school of their student's absence.  Without this notification, Ohio Law requires that the school contact parents by phone or letter to inform them of the student's absence.  If your student is going to be absent or late, please call the attendance line at 740-657-5930 or 740-657-5900 press (1) for attendance.

Please leave a voicemail when your student will be absent, coming in late that includes the following information:

  • Students name

  • Grade

  • Reason student will be absent

  • Your name

  • Phone number to be reached at

***Please note second period is our official attendance period.   The 'official' reason for an absence will be coded in the second period time slot.  All other 'A's (absence codes in all other periods) are simply your student’s teacher noting whether your student was in that class period.  For example, if you call your student off ill, the AEC code will be entered into the 2nd period time slot.  Teachers in all other class periods are only able to enter an 'A' code to note your student’s absence in that particular class period for that day. ***

Absence Guidelines:

  • Tardy-Students who arrive within 90 minutes of the school starting time or are out of school for 90 minutes during the day will be considered tardy.

  • Half-Day Absence-Students who are in school for more that 90 minutes but less than 3 hours and 20 minutes will be considered a half-day (1/2 day) absent. 

  • Full-Day Absence-Students who are in school for less than 3 hours and 20 minutes will be considered a full-day absent.

  • PM Tardy-Students who leave within 90 minutes of the end of the day will be considered a PM Tardy.

Early Release:

If your student is leaving early for the day or has a doctor's appointment, please send a note in with your student.  Notes are to be dropped off at the attendance office at the beginning of the day.  We do understand that sometimes you will not know an appointment time until that day.  Calls to the Attendance Line during the day for immediate pick up of your student cannot guarantee immediate delivery of your student.   The Attendance Office as well as teachers will not accept a text in order for your student to leave.  A note, or phone call/Voicemail are only accepted prior to your student leaving. 

If your student is going for a Doctor's appointment, please ask them for a school excuse and have your student hand that into the Attendance office.  A student returning to school for the day does not need a parent/guardian to sign them back in.  You may drop your student off at the front door and we will get them back to class.

If your student is leaving for the day because they are ill, they will need to go to the clinic to be excused from school.  If they do not go through the clinic then their absence will be unexcused.  

House Bill 410:  Ohio's Attendance Law

The Ohio General Assembly recently passed House Bill 410 to encourage and support a preventative approach to excessive student absences.  With the implementation of House Bill 410, the counting of absences changes from days to hours.  Here are some important points to know about the new law.

  • Attendance is important.  As early as elementary school, students who miss just 2 days a month, regardless of the reason for the absence, are more likely to fall behind academically and less likely to graduate.  This is true regardless of race, ethnicity, language, family income, and other variables.

  • The new law focuses on habitual truancy.  Habitual truancy is when a student is absent without a legitimate excuse 30 or more consecutive hours, 42 or more hours in one month, or 72 or more hours in one school year.

  • A school must create a Student Absence Intervention Plan when a student is habitually truant.  

  • A Student Absence Intervention Plan is a student-centered, personalized plan that addresses barriers to attendance when a student becomes habitually truant.  The school, the family and the student will collaboratively develop the plan.  The plan spells out agreed-upon strategies for improving attendance.

  • The new law also addresses excessive absences.  Excessive absences occur when a student is absent with or without a legitimate excuse for 38 or more hours in one month or 65 or more hours in the school year. 

  • The goal of House Bill 410 is to decriminalize truancy.  However, there is still the potential for court involvement even with a Student Absence Intervention Plan.  Once a plan is in place, a complaint against the student will be filed in Juvenile Court 61 calendar days after the plan has failed or if the student has been absent without legitimate excuse for 30 or more consecutive hours or 42 or more hours in a school month during the plan's implementation.