An A+ student is required to maintain a high attendance rate. The student must maintain a 95% or better attendance record for all four years of high school. A student with a 94.999 or lower average will not qualify for A+ status. Approximately, this means missing no more than 32 days of school attendance in a total of four years. On average, this is 8 days a year or 4 days a semester. An A+ student is expected to attend class regularly and be on time for classes. All absences count against the A+ attendance unless school related. The cumulative attendance information will come from the official attendance record kept by the Scott City Public Schools.
Parents/guardians and students will be provided information on the student’s attendance on the student’s Report Card. However, it is the responsibility of each A+ participant to closely monitor his/her attendance.
Extenuating circumstances such as health problems or accident-related injuries may cause a student to miss long periods of school. In such cases, the student and parent/guardian are to contact the high school office immediately to begin the process of homebound instruction. A student on homebound instruction is allowed to be counted for school attendance.
If there are circumstances that cause a student to be absent but not to qualify for homebound services, the student may submit an appeal for an A+ attendance waiver. The cumulative attendance record information will be sent to the A+ schools student and parent/guardian on the student’s Report Card. After receiving this information, the student or parent/guardian can file an appeal of attendance issues with the A+ Coordinator.
Students with specific health histories must make sure that the medical documentation of chronic or long-term health-related problems are on file and such health-related problems shall be considered in a possible appeal situation. Those submitting an appeal for an A+ waiver of days missed shall provide the A+ Coordinator with official documentation of the following:
|Reason for Absence||Documentation Required|
|Chronic Health Problems or Catastrophic illness/injury||Physician’s Letter|
|Court Appearance||Court Letter|
|Personal/family calamity||Parent and school counselor’s letter|
|Religious Holiday||Religious Leader’s letter|
|Funeral||Parent Letter and copy of death certificate, obituary, or memorial pamphlet|
A student will not receive a waiver if any absence is due to any of the following:
- Truancy and/or Skipping Classes
- Dentist or Orthodontist Visits
- Personal/Family Vacation
- Transportation Problems (Unless late on a school bus)
- Suspended from class or school for any reason
- Routine Doctor Visits
When all of the information is received, the A+ Review Committee will meet to decide if a waiver of the absences will be granted. The A+ Review Committee will be composed of the principal and two at-large faculty members. The A+ Coordinator will facilitate the appeal but will not be involved in the voting process. After the Committee reaches a decision, the student and parents/guardian will be notified by letter. The student and parent/guardian may appeal the decision to the Scott City R-I Board of Education.
The A+ attendance requirements are not to be confused with the general attendance requirements as printed in the Scott City High School Student Handbook.