Branson R-IV School Attendance Procedures

    We believe that attendance in school is important. We believe when a student misses school, regardless of the reason, he/she is missing something of value. We believe all students need to learn the value of developing a pattern of good attendance and punctuality. Frequent absences of students from the learning experiences disrupt the continuity of the instructional process for everyone. There is no such thing as a completely excused absence, as all absences will affect a student’s educational experience to some extent. It is strongly suggested that parents/guardians schedule special family events in conformity with the school calendar.
    Any time a student is absent from school, the parent/guardian needs to provide written or verbal documentation/verification/certification in reference to the absence and present it to the attendance office (phone number) on or before the day the student returns. Students leaving for a doctor’s appointment or other necessary reasons must be signed out by an approved party at the attendance office. All notified absences will be considered “confirmed.” Students will be allowed one day to make-up any learning for each day of confirmed absence.

An “unexcused” absence will be recorded for students who are truant, suspended or whose absence is not confirmed. Work missed during an unexcused absence will be made up according to each building’s procedure. Options may include being assigned to the focus room, detention, early morning breakfast club, in-school suspension or Thursday school.

As a school we are legally obligated to monitor student attendance and to report any cases that we feel qualify as educational neglect, regardless of whether the absences are confirmed or unexcused. (Board Policy JG-R) Therefore, as a student begins to accrue absences, a review of the student’s progress will take place. Interventions such as scheduling parent conferences, contacting the district social worker for assistance, mandating summer school, requiring retention, notifying the Children’s Division and/or the Prosecuting Attorney of Taney County may be considered.

When Students Are Absent From School:

1. Parent needs to call the school before 9:30 a.m.

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