GVA Attendance Policy
Regular attendance by all students is very important. In many cases, irregular attendance is the major reason for poor schoolwork; therefor, all students are urged to make appointments, do personal errands, etc., outside of school hours.
The Board does not believe that students should be excused from school for vacations or other non-emergency trips. The responsibility for such absences resides with the parent(s), and they must not except any work missed by their child to be retaught by the teacher.
REASONS FOR EXCUSED ABSENCE
Reasons for which students may be excused include, but are not limited to:
1. Personal illness of the student;
2. Illness in the student's family;
3. Death in the family;
4. Quarantine for contagious disease;
5. Religious reasons;
6. As determined by the Superintendent (only extraordinary circumstances, not vacations)
THE PROCESS—STUDENT ABSENCE
Parents must notify the school on the day a student is absent unless previous notification has been given in accordance with school procedure for excused absences.
1. If a parent or student knows ahead of time that a student will be absent from school, excused or unexcused, the parent shall submit a “Prearranged Student Absence Form”
a. Click HERE for the form
b. This form is also available in the main office
c. EXCUSED ABSENCES WILL ONLY BE ASSIGNED IF WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION SUPPORTING ONE OF THE 6 REASONS FOR EXCUSED ABSENCE.
2. If the absence is NOT known ahead of time, the parent shall notify the school via telephone:
b. If no one is available to answer the phone, parents should leave a voice message.
3. Medical verification may be required for any excused absences due to personal illness that
exceed 60 hours in a school year, or after 5 consecutive days of an absences due to illness. For the purposes of verifying excused absence for personal illness, medical verification will be defined as a statement by a licensed physician or psychologist that a bodily or mental condition exists which does not permit school attendance.
Each student who is absent must immediately, upon return to school, make arrangements with his/her teacher(s) to make up work missed. All work should be made up and makeup work will be accepted in all grades.
For an unexcused absence due to pre-arranged family vacation, lost work will be considered "neutral" (counting neither as credit nor as outstanding) in terms of grading. Students who are absent from school for reasons not permitted by State law may, or may not, be permitted to make up work. Each case is considered on its merits by the principal and respective teacher(s).