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DoDEA has implemented a system-wide attendance policy for students in DoDEA schools throughout the world. This new policy is consistent with those found in many public schools throughout the United States. School attendance has been identified as a serious issue for children throughout the country and military children are no exception.
DoDEA's attendance policy provides specific guidance on attendance and identifies support services for students at-risk for not fulfilling the grade or course requirements.
Regular school attendance correlates directly with success in academic work, improves social interaction with adults and peers and provides opportunities for important communication between teachers and students. Regular attendance also has a cumulative effect of establishing life-long positive traits — responsibility, determination, respect for rules of society -- that are critical for developing career readiness skills, success in college and in life
Attendance at school is a significant predictor of learning and academic success. DoDEA Regulation 2095.01 is the attendance policy that the school must comply with. This policy is based on the foundational principle that regular student attendance promotes higher levels of student achievement and readiness for life beyond school. This new policy mandates school attendance, requires 180 instructional days per academic year, but recognizes the reality of unavoidable absences such as illness and emergency situations. This policy also aligns with the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children standard that requires school systems to respect the unique needs of military families when considering requests for excused absences.
Unexcused absences fit several categories. The first are brief absences resulting from late arrival to any class during the school day. This type of absence is considered a “tardy.” Students are considered tardy even when missing a bus, or a ride, or arriving late due to the fault of the sponsor.
Students are allowed two unexcused tardies per academic quarter before disciplinary consequences occur.
The second and more serious unexcused absence is missing a day or days of school, or a failure to come to school on time or improperly leave the school without being signed out by a parent. The following examples are considered unexcused absences:
When a student is absent for a full school day or a partial school day, parents must provide a note to the school registrar excusing the absence. An email is also acceptable. The note or email is mandatory; if an absence is unexcused by a parent students will face disciplinary action for truancy and will not be allowed to make up missed work. The note or email for absences must include the following information:
If a note is not brought or an email is not sent, the following consequences will occur:
|Unexcused Tardy Consequences|
|3||60 minutes detention|
|4||120 minutes detention|
|6+||1 day suspension for each tardy|
The School Registrar maintains a record of absences in the Main Office. Parents may call the office to obtain an attendance/tardy report on their child.