Agencies | Governor
Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Regulations Governing Unexcused Absences and Truancy [8 VAC 20 ‑ 730]
Action New regulations to govern the collection and reporting of truancy -related data and provide guidance on school attendance policy
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ends 12/2/2015
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11/23/15  7:15 am
Commenter: Amy Dew - Alleghany County Schools


As the attendance person for my school, I have the following comments about the proposed regulations.

1.  There should be a limit of parent notes (we do 6 per semester), otherwise a student can be out for as many days as they want whatever the reason.  For students that already have attendance problems, this would be a very negative regulation.

2.  How do we manage attendance at 5, 6, 7 etc?  They could be consectutive days and we would not have one implementation done before another one is needed. (ex -  attendance plan and then parent conference).

3.  Will there be financial support for a full time attendance position?  I am an assistant principal and am already overloaded with attendance procedures.

4.  What school based activities are recommended under an attendance plan?

5.  If the absence is for the entire day, how does this affect block scheduling?

We work hard to support student attendance.  We also reward students with good attendance.  I am concerned that these proposals will have a negative impact instead of helping.

Thank you.

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