Change in Attendance Law Reporting

Change in Attendance Law Reporting

Recent change in the state law regarding school attendance has required the Ralston Public School District (RPS) to modify district procedures for reporting student absences.  In the past, when students missed over 20 days of school, Principals were not required to notify the County Attorney.  Principal discretion was allowed.  If a student was hospitalized and missed school for 20 days the student was not reported truant.  However, state laws now require that we must report ALL students who have missed 20 days or more of school, or the hourly equivalent within one school year.  These reports must be filed with the CountyAttorney, regardless of the reason a student may have been absent.  So, even if the student has been ill, with confirmation from a doctor, all absences of 20 days or more per year must be reported.

 

RPS staff members begin investigating possible attendance problems when a child misses 5 days or more per year.  Formal written notices are issued to parents after 10 days, and again after 15 days of absence per year.  School principals, teachers, counselors and school social workers will continue contacting parents and working with them to address these absentee issues prior to any formal notice going to theCounty Attorney.  Parents will be notified by the principal when their child is reported to the County Attorneyfor excessive absences.  School staff will also continue working with parents even after the 20th day of absence to assist them in getting the student to attend school regularly.

 

If you have any questions regarding these new attendance reporting requirements, please contact your school principal, or call the Student Services Director, at 898-3441 or email: bdahl@ralstonschools.org

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