Good attendance is very important – research shows that daily attendance is directly related to success in school. Missing too much school has long-term effects on students, such as lower achievement and graduation rates. There are many reasons students miss school, but it is important that students make every attempt to be at school each day.
Under a new Ohio law beginning in the fall of 2017, student tardiness and absences will be counted in hours (not days as in the past) and will accumulate throughout the school year. All absences – excused or unexcused – must be counted, as well as tardiness. The number of excused and unexcused hours a student can be absent is limited and will require parents to submit medical documentation stating the reason for the absences once a student misses 38 hours in a month or 65 hours in a school year. It is important to understand that leaving school early, late arrivals, or doctor/dentist visits will also count towards absence hours.
Please make every attempt to have your child in school every day. Thanks!