Daily school attendance is essential to the educational success of each student. Students are expected to be in school and in class on time in order to receive full benefit from the instructional programs. School attendance shall be the responsibility of the parents/guardians and students.
In accordance with Florida Statute 1003.24, the parent/guardian is required to provide a statement of the cause for the absence. The board reserves the right to verify such statements and to investigate the cause of each absence. Absences must be reported to the school by the parent or guardian within two days (48 hours) electronically, in writing or by phone. Failure to report and explain the absence(s) within 48 hours will result in unexcused absence(s). Final authority for determining acceptability of the reason for the absence(s) shall rest with the principal.
The School District of Indian River County expects parents to fulfil their responsibilities to ensure student attendance in school. It is the responsibility of the parent to be aware of all absences. There must be communication between the home and school regarding each absence. Parents should also be aware of the penalties associated with excessive absences, unexcused absences and tardiness. There must be communication between the home and school regarding each absence. All absences must be reported and explained by a parent/guardian by the time the student returns to school following his/her absence.
Excused Absences – An absence/tardy will be recorded as excused for the following reasons:
- Personal illness: Medical evidence may be required by the principal or designee for absences exceeding five (5) consecutive days.
- Court appearance
- Medical appointment. Parents are encouraged to schedule appointments after school hours.
- Approved school activity
- Insurmountable problems (Prior permission by principal or designee is required except in the case of an emergency)
- Attendance at a center under the supervision of Children and Families Services
- Significant community events with prior permission of the principal or designee
- Religious instruction or religious holiday
- Death of a family member
- Out-of-school suspension
- Confinement at a detention center
- All other reasonable excuses with prior approval of the principal or designee.
Absences not included in the above list shall be documented as unexcused.
Late Arrivals, Tardiness to Class, and Early Departure from School
Tardiness is defined as an arrival to school or class after the designated time, or after the tardy signal has sounded. When tardiness becomes excessive – four (4) or more times per nine-week grading period—the parent/guardian will be notified by the classroom teachers. Progressive interventions will be initiated by the MTSS Individual Problem Solving Team.
An early departure is any unexcused departure prior to the end of the classes or school day. Parents are encouraged to keep students in school for the entire school day with minimum interruptions or requests for early dismissal. Early dismissals interfere with classroom instruction.
Dismissal within the final 30 minutes of the school day is prohibited unless the Principal determines that it is an emergency, or the student has a medical, dental, or court appointment that cannot be rescheduled.
Please visit the Attendance Office website or refer to the Positive Climate and Discipline Code of Student Conduct Handbook for additional information and/or clarification.