• Attendance

    The purpose for a policy on attendance is to assure that every child is safe and in school to receive a great education. Also, we will provide support and guidance to staff, students, and parents in order to increase the attendance rate at our school.  We are striving to meet the state goal for attendance which is 94%.  We want to reduce any habitual truancy and absences and to ensure student achievement.
     

    Attendance & Truancy Policy Maryland Law

    Section 7-301 of the education article requires regular school attendance of all children between the ages of 5 and 16 years of age.  Lawful absence-absence from school will be lawful under the following conditions:

    • Death in the family
    • Illness of student
    • Court summons
    • Observance of religious holiday
    • State of emergency
    • Hazardous weather conditions
    • Approved work or activity sponsored by the school
    • Suspension
    • Lack of authorized transportation
    • Other emergency or set circumstances as determined by the CEO
     Unlawful absence-an absence, including absence for any portion of the day, for any reason other than those cited as lawful are presumed to be unlawful and may constitute truancy:
    • A truant student is one that is absent without lawful cause
    • A habitual truant student ages 5 to 20 during a school year was in a membership of a school for 91 or more days, and is absent for more that 20% of the time
    Chronic absence-calculated by monitoring both excused and unexcused absences, FAET will do all we can to prevent truancy and monitor your child’s attendance. It is ultimately the parent/guardian’s, and responsibility to ensure your child gets to and from school. We will take a proactive approach to help in this aspect of attendance.  If students are constantly absent or truant from school, you may be required to attend an attendance hearing.  If you are required to attend a hearing, the following will occur: 
    • You will be given two weeks to improve attendance
    • Those that improve will continue to be monitored throughout the school year
    • Those that do not improve will be referred to district Court 
    Maryland Penalties: 
    • Any person who has legal custody or care and control of a child 5 years old and under 16 who fails to see that the child attends school or receives instruction under this section is guilty of a misdemeanor
    •  A first conviction is subject to a fine not to exceed $50.00 per day of unlawful absence or imprisonment or both
    • A second or subsequent conviction is subject to a fine not to exceed $100 per day of unlawful absence or imprisonment, or both 
    What is Truancy?

    When a student is absent from school without a valid excuse. Schools may excuse certain absences, but a student doesn't have permission to:

    • Arrive late
    • Skip class
    • Miss a whole day
    • Leave half a day 

    Truancy can have a negative effect on: students, parents, school, and the whole community.  Parents play an important role in preventing truancy. Making sure your child goes to school is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

    How Truancy Affects Students

    Students:

    • do poorly in school
    • quit school
    • get in trouble with the law
    • join a gang
    • use alcohol or other drugs
    • have low self-esteem
    • Lose privileges or suffer other punishments 

    Truancy can have negative consequences

    Parents

    If a parent neglects their responsibility or ignore attendance laws, they may:

    • need to take time off work to solve school and legal problems
    • face fines
    • be required to attend parenting classes or counseling programs 
    The Community
    Areas with high truancy rates tend to have higher rates of crime. Law enforcement costs increase, which can result in higher taxes.
     

    Parents play a key role in helping prevent truancy. Here's how you can help: 

    1. Make sure your child attends school every day
    2. Support your child's efforts at school
    3. Learn about school policies
    4. Get to know the school staff
    5. Stay in touch with the school
    6. Be firm about school attendance
    7. Ask how you can help at the school
    8. Take school warnings seriously
    9. Talk with your child
    10. Work with the school (let the staff know you want to address the problem right away)
    11. Get Help if you need it