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501.13 Truancy – Unexcused

Regular school attendance is essential for students to maximize learning from the education program. Parents and students are encouraged to ensure any student absence is necessary. Students shall attend school unless excused by the principal of their attendance center.

Truancy is defined as the failure to attend school for the minimum number of days established by the board or the act of being absent without a reasonable excuse, as determined by the district, and shall not be tolerated. Students shall be subject to disciplinary action for truancy, provided, however, that students receiving special education services shall not be assigned to supervised study hall and/or in-school suspension if such action will prevent the goals, objectives, and/or the least restrictive environment requirements of the student’s Individualized Education Program from being met.

It is the superintendent/designee’s responsibility to develop administrative regulations for this policy, including for disciplinary action related to truancy.

Legal Reference:
Iowa Code §§ 294.4; 299 (2007).
281 I.A.C. 12.2(4).

Cross Reference:
501 Series Student Attendance
502 Series Student Behavior and Discipline
503 Series Student Activities
506.01 Education Records Access

Adopted:
December 2, 1991

Reviewed:
July 20, 2009
March 25, 2013
November 20, 2017
April 21, 2022

Revised:
July 20, 2009
March 25, 2013
November 20, 2017
May 16, 2022