501.13 Truancy - Unexcused

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 by the Board or the act of being absent without a reasonable excuse. These absences will include, but not be limited to, senior pictures, drivers license, tardiness, shopping, hunting, concerts, preparation or participation in parties and other celebrations and/or employment. Truancy will not be tolerated by the Board.

Students are subject to disciplinary action for truancy. Students receiving special education services will not be assigned to supervised study hall, or in-school suspension unless the goals, objectives, and the least restrictive environment requirements and of the student's Individualized Education Program are capable of being met.

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent/designee, 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. Grade level regulations shall be adopted and published in student handbooks.

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

Cross Reference:
202.40 Board Secretary/Treasurer
501 Series Student Attendance
502 Series Student Behavior and Discipline
503 Series Student Activities
506.01 Student Records Access
501.10 Student Absences-Excused
District Student Handbooks

Adopted:
December 2, 1991

Reviewed:
July 20, 2009
March 25, 2013

November 20, 2017

Revised:
July 20, 2009
March 25, 2013

November 20, 2017