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Definition of “Present” – According to the State of Florida: “A student must be in attendance for at least the following amount of time at each educational level to be considered “Present” for the day”:
- Elementary School: The equivalent of half the school day
- Middle School: The equivalent of four periods (200 minutes)
Your child’s attendance is imperative. We understand, however, that circumstances will arise requiring your child to be absent. State law requires that schools report absences as either excused or unexcused. The following outlines the differences in excused absences versus unexcused absences and the procedures you need to follow to ensure an absence is reported to the state appropriately.
It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the school in writing of the reason for any and all student absences. In order for your child’s absence to be reviewed to determine if it is excused or not, you must provide the front office or the teacher with written documentation explaining the reason for the absence within three (3) days of the child’s return to classes.
Excused Absences may be granted for:
- Student illness (if documented by parent or medical doctor).
- Observance of a religious holiday or service that is recognized as such by members of the student’s faith.
- Medical appointment with documentation.
- Death in the family.
- Subpoena by law enforcement agency or mandatory court appearance.
- Other individual student absences beyond the control of the parent or student, as determined and approved by the principal or principal’s designee.
- Pre-arranged absence with administrative approval
Steps to follow to request an Excused Absence:
- Written notice/email from the parent/guardian must be received by the school office within 3 school days of the absence. A student’s absence cannot be formally excused verbally or via the school attendance line; written documentation or an email from the parent/guardian is required.
- Parents must list a specific reason for any absence; otherwise it will be recorded as unexcused.
- Three (3) or more consecutive days of absence for illness may require a doctor’s note or other substantiating evidence.
- The written or emailed notice must include the following information:
- Students FULL name
- Date of Absence(s)
- Homeroom Teacher
- Reason for absence
More than 20 excused absences may result in retention as determined by Imagine School Administration.
- Absences not specifically identified by administration as excused, are unexcused absences.
- When a child has accrued five (5) unexcused absences, a letter is generated and mailed to the parent/guardian.
- A student who has 15 unexcused absences within 90 calendar days is subject to interventions, referral to other agencies for family services, and a truancy petition in accordance with Florida State Statute 984.151. In addition, the parent/guardian may be subject to criminal prosecution under Chapter 1003.27, Florida Statutes.