The following attendance information was presented at the Principal Coffee meeting on February 9th:
Every Day Counts: Attendance Team Presentation
Attendance matters because academic success begins with good attendance. Students who miss school regularly are exposed to academic jeopardy.
What We Need to Know
- Students, parents and staff play an integral role in maintaining regular attendance.
- School begins promptly at 8:45am.
- The Chancellor’s office has mandated that ALL schools stop taking paper attendance and enter attendance solely through ASPEN. (The school’s electronic system.)
A Stoddert Shift
Though classroom teachers at most DCPS schools have been using ASPEN to take attendance for years, Mr. Rivera has single- handedly been doing this at Stoddert.
At Stoddert, the classroom teachers will take attendance on beginning on Monday, February 26, 2018.
What We Expect From Our Families
- Get your children to sleep on time so they can get to school on time.
- Communicate with teachers and/or staff in writing during school hours e.g. note or email, every day a child is absent, including the first day of an absence. (Link to faculty emails and contact information.)
- Provide your teacher and Ms. Rivera with a written explanation for absences that accrue beyond five days upon a student’s return.
- An excuse note is required for a student’s absence to be excused.
- Parent written excuse notes or email must be immediately submitted upon a student’s return to school.
- Official excuse documentation (from a doctor, dentist, etc.) is required if a student misses 5 or more consecutive days of school.
- Parent excuse notes should include:
- Student Name
- Date(s) the student was absent
- Reason for the absence
- Parent signature
- Students should only miss school for legally approved reasons. Such as:
- Student illness
- Student court proceedings
- Medical appointment
- Religious Holidays
- An unexcused absence is when a student misses school without a legally approved reason. Such as:
- Car trouble
- Inclement weather when school is open
What Happens With Unexcused Absences?
- At 3 total unexcused absences, a three day letter is sent to the home address.
- At 5 total unexcused absences, the student and parents/guardians are invited to a five- day Attendance Team meeting.
- At 10 total unexcused absences, the student is considered truant. Students between the ages of 5-13 are referred to CFSA for educational neglect.
- At 15 total unexcused absences the student is referred to DC Truancy Court.
- Principal Bryant has the discretion to ask out-of-boundary students with more than 10 unexcused absence of 20 unexcused tardies to return to their neighborhood schools at the end of the school year.
What Are 80/20 Absences?
- Students must be present at least 80% of the school day.
- Ms. Rivera will mark a student absent for the day if they miss more than 20% of the school day.
- Common reasons for 80/20 absences are:
- Being tardy to school – At Stoddert this means arriving after 10:00am.
- Early dismissals – At Stoddert this means leaving before 2:00pm
The Stoddert Attendance Team is here to support this shift in attendance entries.
Stoddert’s Attendance Team is a team of school professionals who attempt to assist students and families who are experiencing barriers with regular school attendance.