Our district and school districts across the country are looking at the relationship between chronic absenteeism and student academic success. We know that attendance and engagement in school are important factors in a student's learning and social/emotional development. Students who are absent from school miss out on the valuable learning activities that take place in the classroom, both with the teacher and with peers. Even strong students with good grades can fall off course in middle and high school if they miss too many classes; lessons build on one another and move more quickly in the upper grades. While students may be able to make up assignments from days they were gone, they cannot make up for missed instruction, discussion and peer and classroom experiences when they are absent from class. While they may complete some or even all of the work missed, the learning experience is significantly altered.
Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing more than 10% of the school year (excused or unexcused). At Eastview High School, that is five days or more per quarter. For comparison, most EVHS students miss fewer than three days per quarter and 86% of our students at Eastview stay under the 10% threshold annually.
We understand there may be circumstances that prevent a student from attending, however we expect those absences to be limited. We care greatly about the health and well-being of our students. We want to partner with students and families when challenges exist and work together to support your student in any way we can. We always strive to reduce absences, keep students in the classroom and maximize learning.
Please contact us if there are extenuating circumstances of which we are unaware and/or if you need support or resources in getting your student to school on a consistent basis.
In order to support students and families, we are implementing the following attendance protocol for the 2022-23 school year:
Upon five (5) absences from any single class period, students/families will be sent anawareness letter indicating that the student is considered chronically absent and close monitoring will take place.
Upon ten (10) absences from any single class period, we will be connecting with you to develop a plan for reducing absences. A doctor’s note will also be expected to excuse any future absences.
Upon fifteen (15) absences from any single class period, students willreceive an NC (no credit) mark on their report card for that class if a passing grade is earned (students not earning a passing grade will receive a grade of F). No credit will be earned at that time. Credit may be earned with successful completion of one of the following:
1. Approval of an Attendance Appeal
Attendance appeals will be reviewed by an attendance appeal committee which will include a Counselor, Grade Level Administrator, Nurse and Case Manager (if applicable).
2. Successful completion of an Attendance Improvement Contract
Student must be present for 90% of class periods the following quarter (this is equal to fewer than five absences from each class in the nine-week term).
If neither of the above are approved/met, the following options may be available; students must work with their counselor and/or grade level administrator to plan for and register for either option.
4. CORE (required) classes – successful completion of Credit Recovery for the required course
Credits may be recovered in either Extended Day (after school) or Summer School; the original NC will remain on the student’s transcript, but the recovered credit will also be listed (with a grade of P for pass) and count toward graduation requirements.
4. ELECTIVE (non-required) classes – registration and successful completion of the course in subsequent year
This is based on availability – students new to the course will have priority in registration if the course is full; the original NC will remain on the student’s transcript, but the recovered credit will also be listed (with the letter grade earned).