What is your school policy regarding long absences?

Greetings all, I am brand new on the network, but after looking around, I find it pretty much helpful. Wondering if some of you can provide some input and ideas on this matter, I have been the CSC at my school for the past 6 months, and have noticed how the structure regarding attendance is not well established, this is something not only my school around the area suffers. I am wondering how other schools handle long absences due to illness, overseas travel, absences for more than 10 days... Any info? Thanks!. 

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I'm with the Oakland Unified School District and we have a couple of things in play related to long absences. I like to make use of the Independent Studies Contract for consecutive absences between 5-20 days. Parents, teachers, administration, and the student sign the contract and teachers provide the work for the time gone. Once the work is graded I can update their attendance to a positive code. You of course would need to know in advance they are planning to be out for vacation etc. For students who are in the hospital I try to initiative our district's Home and Hospital program; with this program students are able to get their work assigned from a teacher from central office and who can function as a liaison between the hospital or home and the school.

I also try to make myself familiar with my board policy related to attendance so that I know the base standards are.

Thanks a lot for replying Jaymie, this gives me some input and ideas!!!!

Jaymie Lollie said:

I'm with the Oakland Unified School District and we have a couple of things in play related to long absences. I like to make use of the Independent Studies Contract for consecutive absences between 5-20 days. Parents, teachers, administration, and the student sign the contract and teachers provide the work for the time gone. Once the work is graded I can update their attendance to a positive code. You of course would need to know in advance they are planning to be out for vacation etc. For students who are in the hospital I try to initiative our district's Home and Hospital program; with this program students are able to get their work assigned from a teacher from central office and who can function as a liaison between the hospital or home and the school.

I also try to make myself familiar with my board policy related to attendance so that I know the base standards are.
You're more than welcome! While there is the time to plan and establish new norms over the summer; could the school create some site based attendance expectations? Or an attendance pledge for use during registration?

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