Attendance and Attendance Reporting
The District will continue to follow its established attendance policies. All schools will monitor daily attendance and/or required daily scheduled student contact and engagement regardless of the format of instruction being used throughout the school year. Attendance policies and procedures will be communicated with families and students prior to the start of the school year, or if the instructional model changes during the year, and will be recorded daily in SchoolTool. Reports will be generated to identify students who are absent and/or chronically absent and contact will be made with their families to determine reasons for absence and needs or barriers the student may have to participate in school.
Valley Central is committed to partnering with parents and guardians in addressing attendance issues and providing interventions to prevent chronic absenteeism. Chronic absenteeism, which includes both excused and unexcused absences, is defined as missing 18+ days per school year. While we recognize that many factors will influence student attendance, it is the expectation that parents and guardians will keep the school informed of any circumstances impacting their child’s ability to attend and/or participate in school, so that we may work together to develop solutions. It should be noted that the District is obligated to notify and collaborate with outside agencies when students are chronically absent.