ATTENDANCE COUNTS, “COUNT ON ME!”
Woodward Leadership has launched a new campaign to improve student attendance school wide in 2015 – 2016. The purpose of this initiative, called Count On Me! is designed to increase student learning, increase the educational confidence of students while increasing the graduation and increasing the number of students prepared for college in addition to preparing our students for a positive future.
Students who are at school every day get better grades, score better on standardized tests, and are more likely to go to college. It is our responsibility to teach students the importance of attendance now so they are prepared for their future. Employers say attendance is a key factor in the hiring and promotion of employees. Good attendance helps students learn responsibility.
Students between the ages of 6 and 18 must attend school daily. Parents or guardians are responsible for sending their children to school (E.C. 48200). A student who is absent three full days without a valid excuse, or is tardy or absent on three occasions without a valid excuse for more than 30 minutes, or any combination thereof, is a truant (E.C. 48260). Truancy can lead to severe consequences, including fines and criminal prosecution.
The school is required by law to record the cause and extent of absences for each student. If a student must remain at home due to illness, medical/dental, or for other reasons, the student must have a written note on the day he/she returns to school explaining the reason for his/her absence and listing the dates. In addition, the note must be signed by the parent/guardian.
Students in grades K-6th will need to complete a re-admit and to bring a note when returning from an absence or more than 15 minutes late arriving to school.
Woodward Leadership Academy is in partnership with the District Attorney’s Office in the Abolish Chronic Truancy (ACT) program. Students with chronic absences and tardies will be contacted by the D.A.’s office
VERIFICATION OF ATTENDANCE
A one-day notice is required to generate the necessary paperwork to verify your child is in regular attendance at Woodward Leadership Academy.
Valuable instructional time is lost when a student is tardy to class. A notice will be given at 7:55am for students to assemble in their line before going to their classroom. All students need to be in their classroom when notice is given to go to their classrooms at 8:00 a.m. Your support in getting your child to school on time is vital to your child’s success. Tardies are not exclusive to morning hours. When a student is released early or misses any instructional time it is designated as a “tardy” on their attendance record.
The goal of Woodward Leadership Academy, the teachers and staff is to provide a high quality education for all students. To this end, we recognize that for a student to be successful in school, she/he must be present in class and on time, every period of every school day. Students who are not in their classrooms or in line before the bell rings will be marked “Tardy”. As a consequence, if this occurs 3 times or more within one month, the student will be given Saturday School.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS OR TELEPHONE
Please report any change of address or telephone number promptly to the school office. The law requires that we have up-to-date, accurate enrollment and emergency information on each student. Emergency numbers are required. Make sure the back-up person is notified. For your child’s safety in case of illness or accident, we must be able to contact you, the parent/guardian or other responsible adults.
RELEASE OF STUDENTS
Parents must come to the office to request the release of their child. The child must remain in the classroom until the parent completes the office checkout. Only authorized adults whose names are on the enrollment card may take a student from school.
PUBLIC AWARNESS CAMPAIGN
Communicate to students, parents and community the importance of student attendance. Engage them in understanding and spreading the message about the importance of regular school attendance. Work with media to build awareness of the campaign and the importance of student attendance. Incentive programs to reward students and schools with the most improved attendance and the highest attendance.
WHAT HAPPENS TO A TRUANT CHILD?
- A letter is sent or a phone call is made to the parents/guardians.
- A school worker may visit the home.
- The parents/guardians meet with the School Administration.
- The parents/guardians receive a letter from the District Attorney.
- The student and parent(s)/guardian appear before the local SARB made up of school officials, community representatives and the District attorney.
- If attendance does not improve, the child and parents/guardians may be cited by the police.
“Children are our most important resource”