District 6 Attendance Philosophy
Significant learning for all students is provided each time class is held in Weld County School District 6. This educatinoal opportunity is provided as a result of in-class participation and high-quality instruction.
The benefits of this experience cannot be fully replaced. Consequently, regular and punctual attendance is an important criterion for success in school, and absences are detrimental to effective learning.
- Parents are still encouraged to notify the school for student absences, but the absence will be "excused" by the school according to the guidelines for excused absences.
- A student will be limited to four excused absences in a month or 10 excused absences in a year.
- Pre-arranged absences must be approved by the school administrator.
Excused Absences Include:
- Temporary illness or injury.
- Prearranged absence approved by an administrator.
- Extended absences due to physical, mental, emotional disability.
- Work-study program under the supervision of the school.
- Attendance at any school-sponsored school activity or activities of an educational nature with advance approval by the administration.
- Expulsion or suspension.
An unexcused absence is defined as an absence that is not covered by one of the foregoing exceptions. Additionally, an unexcused absence shall be recorded if a student leaves a school or leaves a class without permission of the teacher or school administrator. Each unexcused absence shall be entered on the student's record. The parents/guardians of the student receiving an unexcused absence shall be notified orally or in writing by the district of the unexcused absence.
When the district is aware that criteria exist to designate a student as habitually truant, the district shall refer the students and his or her parent/guardian to the Weld County Judicial System, Youth and Family Connections and/or the Weld County District attorney's Juvenile Diversion Unit.
In accordance with the law, the district may impose academic penalties which relate directly to classes missed while unexcused. Penalties may include a warning, school detention or in-school suspencion. Academic penalties, out-of-school suspensions or expulsion shall not be imposed for any unexcused absence. The administration shall develop regulations to implement appropriate penalties. The school administration shall consider the correlation between course failure, truancy and a student dropping out of school in developing these regulations and shall implement research-based strategies to re-engage students with a high number of unexcused absences. Students and parents/guardians may petition the Board of Education for exceptions to the policy or the accompanying regulations provided that no exception shall be sustained if the student fails to abide by all requirements imposed by the Board as conditions for granting any such exception.
The maximum number of unexcused absences a student may incur before judicial proceedings are initiated to enforce compulsory attendance is 10 during any calendar year or school year.
Make-up work shall be provided for any class in which a student has an excused absence unless otherwise determined by the building administrator or unless the absence is due to the student's expulsion from school. It is the responsibility of the student to pick-up any make-up assignments permitted on the day returning to class. There shall be two days allowed for make-up work for each day of absence. Make-up work shall be allowed following an unexcused absence or following a student's suspension from school with the goal of providing the student an pportunity to keep up with the class and an incentive to attend school. However, this work will receive only partial credit.
Unless otherwise permitted by the building administrator, make-up work shall not be provided during a student's expulsion. Rather, the district shall offer alternative education services to the expelled student in accordance with state law. The district shall determine the amount of credit the expelled student will receive for work completed during any alternative education program.
Tardiness is defined as the appearance of a student without proper excuse after the scheduled time that a class begins. Becausae of the disruptive nature of tardiness and the detrimental effect upon the rights of the non-taryd student to uninterrupted learning, appropriate penalties shall be imposed for excessive tardiness. Parents/guardians shall be notified of all penalties regarding tardiness.
In an unavoidable situation, a student detained by another teacher or administrator shall not be considered tardy provided that the teacher or administrator gives the student a pass to enter the next class. Teachers shall honor passes presented in accordance with this policy. The provisions of this policy shall be applicable to all students in the district, including those above and below the age for compulsory attendance as required by law.
Who should I call if my child will be late or absent?
Please contact the school office at 970-348-1500 if your child will be late for school or absent. If you call before or after school hours, leave your name, your child's name, his/her teacher's name, and the reason your child cannot be at school. If your child will come to school late, include what time he or she will arrive. When your child returns to school after an absence, please send a note explaining the reason for the absence.