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Attendance Policy

Students are expected to be in school every period, every day. North Fort Myers High School will follow the district’s attendance policies, including loss of credit for excessive absences.

ABSENTEE PROCEDURES
1. All absences are considered unexcused until a parent/guardian provides a written note to
Student Services or an e-mail to NFMHSattendance@leeschools.net citing illness, family loss, doctor/dentist appointment or court appearance. Documentation must include the student’s name, student ID number, date of absence, reason for absence, telephone number where a parent/guardian may be reached to verify, and signature of parent/guardian. Documentation MUST be turned into Student Services Office or e-mailed upon the first day back to school. A ParentLink will be sent daily at 9:30 am to notify parents that were marked absent for their first block class.
2. For excused absences, it is the student’s responsibility to check the Google Classroom while out and to ask teachers for makeup work immediately upon returning to school. In the event of an extended absence (3 or more days), parent/guardian may contact the Student Services Secretary to request assignments.
     a) In order to be considered for full credit, all make-up work assigned during the absence is due in accordance with district policy (number of excused days plus one).
     b) Assignments issued prior to a student’s absence that have a due date while the student is absent, are due on the first day of return to class. If student returns to school on the due date, assignment(s) are due that day. Electronic submissions are due on actual due date unless prior arrangements have be made with the teacher.
     c) Tardy excuses will only be accepted at time of arrival. If a student arrives within the last 10 minutes of a period, they will be marked absent for the period of arrival (and previous period(s) if applicable).
3. Work missed from an unexcused absence will be recorded as a zero and cannot be made up.
4. Disciplinary consequences will be issued in alignment with the District’s Student Code of
Conduct for students who are excessively tardy to class and/or school.
5. Students assigned to OJT, Senior Exemption periods or off-campus Dual Enrollment must
leave the campus immediately following their last scheduled on-site class.
6. A ParentLink is sent daily at 9:30 based off first block attendance.
7. Students who arrive in the last 10 minutes of a class period will be marked absent for that period rather than tardy.
8. Students who wish to participate in any athletic events or extra-curricular activities (homecoming, Grad Bash, etc.) must be present at least 1/2 of the school day (10:15 a.m.)
9. Any student who is enrolled in a state tested course should avoid participation in optional pre-approved (non-academic, non-athletic related) field trips that occur during school hours or on scheduled days of these courses.

LOSS OF CREDIT
The School Board of Lee County believes that regular and punctual school attendance is crucial for a student’s academic success. All students are required to attend school every 8 day of the school year. Parents are responsible for their child’s daily school attendance. This policy applies to all PreK–12 students. 

(1) Compulsory School Attendance 
(a) All children who have attained the age of six years or who will have attained the age of six years by February 1 of any school year, or who are older than six years of age but who have not yet attained the age of 16 years or age specified by state statute, whichever is older, except as provided in this policy, are required to attend school regularly during the school year. 
(b) Children who will have attained the age of five years on or before September 1 of the school year are eligible for enrollment in public kindergarten for that school year and, if enrolled, are expected to attend school regularly during the school year. 
(c) Children who are enrolled in an Early Childhood Program (Pre-K) program, birth to four years old, are expected to attend school regularly during the school year. 
(d) A student who attains the age of 16 years during the school year is not subject to compulsory school attendance beyond the date upon which he or she attains that age if the student files a formal declaration of intent to terminate school enrollment with the School Board. The declaration must acknowledge that the termination may reduce the student’s earning potential and must be signed by the child and the parent. The school shall notify the parent of the receipt of the student’s declaration of intent. A student who attains the age of 16 years during the school year is not subject to the legal sanctions for compulsory school attendance. 
(e) An exit interview must be conducted by the student’s certified school counselor or other school personnel to determine the reasons for the student’s decision to terminate school enrollment and identify the actions taken to keep the student in school. The student’s certified school counselor or other school personnel shall inform the student of opportunities to continue his or her education in a different environment, including, but not limited to adult education and GED test preparation. The student shall complete a survey in a format prescribed by the Department of Education to provide data on student 
reasons for terminating enrollment and actions taken by schools to keep students enrolled. 
(f) Compulsory school attendance requirements may be met by attendance in a home education program. 
(g) For students enrolled in Department of Juvenile Justice Programs, the compulsory school attendance requirement is governed by state law and regulations and includes a longer term.

(2) Patterns of Non-Attendance 
(a) Non-attendance for instructional activities is established by tardiness, early sign-outs, or absences for all or any part of the day. 
(b) For enforcement of compulsory school attendance purposes, three unexcused tardies or unexcused early sign-outs may, at the discretion of the school principal, be considered equal to one day of absence. 
(c) For enforcement of compulsory school attendance purposes, unless acceptable documentation is presented/submitted, an accumulation of daily unexcused absences or tardiness, or early sign-outs that equal five days in a calendar month or 10 days within a 90 calendar day period may be exhibiting a pattern of non- attendance as determined by the Child Study Team. 
(d) If the student exhibits a pattern of nonattendance (excused or unexcused), principals may request documentation for subsequent absences. Non-attendance for instructional activities is established by tardiness, early sign outs, or absences for all or any part of the day. 
(e) “Habitual truant” is defined as a student who has 15 or more unexcused absences within 90 calendar days with or without the knowledge or consent of the student’s parent or guardian, and who is subject to compulsory school attendance. 

(3) Absences 
(a) Excused Absences - Students must be in school unless the absence has been permitted or excused for one of the reasons listed below: 
1. Illness of the Student 
2. Illness of an immediate family member 
3. Death in the immediate family 
4. Religious instruction or religious holidays.
5. An appointment scheduled to receive a therapy service provided by a licensed health care practitioner or behavior analyst certified for the treatment of autism spectrum disorder, including, but not limited to, applied behavioral analysis, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. 
6. Required court appearance or subpoena 
7. Special event: Examples of special events include important public functions, conferences, state/national competitions, as well as exceptional cases of family need. The student must request and receive permission from the principal/designee at least five days prior to the event. 
8. Scheduled medical or dental appointment. 
9. Students having, or suspected of having, a communicable disease or infestation which can be transmitted are to be excluded from school and are not allowed to return to school until they no longer present a health hazard. 
10. Students on field trips and students who attend alternative to 114 suspension programs are not considered absent. 
(b) Unexcused Absences – Absences not excused as defined in the previous section, are considered unexcused. 
1. Students without a completed Certificate of Immunization indicating compliance with the current required schedule of immunizations will not be allowed to attend classes until this document is provided or a waiver is obtained. Absences due to non-compliance with immunization requirements shall be considered unexcused. 
2. Students transferring to Lee County who are considered homeless, children of a military family or are under the care of the Division of Children and Families, have a 30 day waiver of both health examination and immunization requirements. 
(c) Make up Work 
1. Excused Absences: Make-up work for credit and grade is allowed for all excused absences. Immediately upon return to school, the student will be given the number of days absent plus one additional day to make up all work missed. 
(d) Tardiness – Tardiness is defined as a student not being in the classroom when the class is scheduled to begin. 
1. Parents must follow the same process to excuse a tardy as they do to excuse an absence. 
2. Excessive tardiness shall be addressed on a case-by-case basis to determine if there is a pattern of non-attendance. Non-attendance for instructional activities is established by tardiness, early sign-outs, or absences for all or any part of the day. 
3. Tardiness to any class without documentation may be considered unexcused. 
4. Habitual tardiness is defined as six or more tardies to school or to an individual class per quarter. 
5. Principals have the discretion to excuse tardiness for extenuating circumstances. 
6. Unless excused under the provisions of this policy, accumulated tardiness will be recorded as unexcused absences. 
(e) Early Sign-Outs – Early sign-outs are defined as a parent or guardian signing out a child before the end of the school day. 
1. No student shall be released within the final 30 minutes of the school day unless the principal/designee determines it is an emergency. 
2. All schools shall establish procedures for early release that ensure that all students are treated consistently. 
3. Excessive early sign-outs will be addressed on a case-by-case basis to determine if there is a pattern of non-attendance. 
4. Unless excused under the provisions of this policy, accumulated early sign-outs will be recorded as unexcused absences. 

(4) Driving Privileges and Attendance 
(a) Attendance Requirements for Minors (from ages 14-18) to Maintain Driving Privileges: 
1. Unexcused absence data shall be compiled at each Lee County School through an automated system and electronically transmitted to Information Systems (IS). 
2. Information regarding each minor student accumulating 15 unexcused absences in a period of 90 calendar days or who drops out of school 
shall be transmitted to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). DHSMV may not issue a driver license or learner permit, or may suspend the driving privileges of any reported student until the student satisfies regular school attendance requirements. 

(5) Interventions 
(a) The primary teacher of a student exhibiting a pattern of non-attendance shall notify the principal. The principal shall refer the student to the Child Study Team (CST) to develop an intervention plan to improve the student’s attendance. The CST will schedule a meeting with parents or legal guardian and the assigned school social worker. If appropriate, a contract will be developed and signed by the participating parties. 
(b) After nine absences in a course, credit may be withheld. The Child Study Team must develop a contract with the student and parent(s) that includes a plan to restore the credit withheld. 
(c) Non-compliance with the contract may result in referrals to the Truancy Intervention Program, the Truancy Ungovernable Runaway Network or the State Attorney’s Office.
(d) The School shall provide written notice to parents after three tardies or three early sign-outs within 30 calendar days. Additional tardies or early sign-outs shall result in two of the following interventions: 
1. A mandatory parent conference with the principal/designee 
2. A mandatory student conference with the principal/designee 
3. Other appropriate penalties such as after-hours detention, in accordance with the Code of Conduct for Students 
4. A referral to the Child Study Team or Attendance Review Committee 
5. A referral to the School Social Worker 

(6) Students shall not be treated differently with regard to attendance on the basis of their race, color, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or religion. 

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1000.36, 1001.41, 1001.42, 1001.43, 1003.02 (1) (b), 227 1003.21, 1003.26, 1003.27, 1003.52 F.S. 


Revised: 1/23/18 236

LEAVING SCHOOL EARLY
North Fort Myers High School is a closed campus. Students are expected to remain on campus from the time they arrive until school is officially dismissed. Signing out for lunch is prohibited. If you must leave school early, in order to facilitate a quick and efficient sign-out process, a written note or e-mail to NFMHSattendance@leeschools.net from a parent/guardian should be provided to Student Services that morning before the start of school. Documentation should include the student’s name, student ID number, date, reason for sign out, telephone number where a parent/guardian may be reached that morning to verify sign-out, and signature of parent/guardian. Sign-outs after 1 p.m. are prohibited per School Board Policy 4.16(e) (1). Students 18 years of age or older must follow the same sign out procedures. Parents and students are encouraged to schedule appointments after-school hours to avoid the disruption of instructional time for students.

HALL PASSES
All students in the hallway must submit a Silent Pass on Castle prior to leaving the classroom. When the student returns to the classroom they must end (stop the time) the Silent Pass. Students needing to see a School Counselor should submit a Counselor Request through CASTLE.
Personal business should be taken care of before school, during lunch or after school. Students found outside of class without submitting a Silent Pass will be escorted to the Student Services Office. Hall passes will not be issued during the last 20 minutes of the school day.

STUDENT OFFICE AIDES
Students who have been scheduled as an office aide should consider that placement to be a
privilege. Student Office Aides should only be in the hallways with the direction of the adult
supervisor and wearing an official aide badge.
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