|Action||New regulations to govern the collection and reporting of truancy -related data and provide guidance on school attendance policy|
|Comment Period||Ends 12/2/2015|
In reference to " A student's attendance is cumulative and begins on the first official day of the school year or the first day the student is officially enrolled. All nonattendance days are cumulative and begin with the first absence.”
The “first day the student is officially enrolled.” Is this the first day they step into the building to start classes? If a student is enrolled on a Friday before the start of school on Monday, and doesn’t show up until Wednesday, does their enrollment start on Monday or Wednesday? Should Monday and Tuesday be counted as absences, whether they are excused or unexcused?
What are other school systems doing to collect the following data?
2. For each student with five unexcused absences, whether an attendance plan was developed, and if not, the reason.
3. For each student with six unexcused absences, whether an attendance conference was scheduled, and if not, the reason.
4. For each student with six unexcused absences, whether an attendance conference was actually held, and if not, the reason.
5. For each student with seven unexcused absences, whether a court referral or a petition was filed [ or if proceedings against the parent or parents were initiated and, if not, the reason ].