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Truancy - Unexcused Absences

  Code No.  501.10

Regular attendance by the students at school is essential for students to obtain the maximum opportunities from the education program.  Parents and students alike are encouraged to ensure an absence from school is a necessary absence.  Students will attend school unless excused by the principal of their attendance center.

Truancy is the failure to attend school for the minimum number of days established in the school calendar by the board.  Truancy is the act of being absent without a reasonable excuse.  These absences will include, but not be limited to, tardiness, shopping, hunting, concerts, preparation or participation in parties and other celebrations, oversleeping, missing the bus, car problems, hair appointments, sports physicals, taking or picking up proofs for senior pictures, getting drivers license/permit, and working for someone other than a parent.  Truancy will not be tolerated by the board.

Students are subject to disciplinary action for truancy including suspension and expulsion.  It is within the discretion of the principal to determine, in light of the circumstances, whether a student may make up work missed because of truancy.  Students receiving special education services will not be assigned to supervised study hall or in-school suspension unless the goals and objectives of the student's Individualized Education Program are capable of being met.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.  The administrative regulations will indicate the disciplinary action to be taken for truancy.


Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 294.4; 299 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.3(4).

Cross Reference:        206.3   Secretary

                                    410.3   Truancy Officer

                                    501      Student Attendance

                                    503      Student Discipline

                                    504      Student Activities

                                    506      Student Records

Initially Approved 02-14-2000                     Last Reviewed  02-09-2015              Last Revision 03-23-2009

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