A written note signed by the parent/guardian on the day of a student’s return to school should specify the

date(s) and the reason(s) for the absences(s). The following absence will be considered excused for the following reasons: illness, serious illness or death in the immediate family, religious holiday, participation in an academic class or program, prearranged absences pre-approved by the school administration, or court date. When a student returns to school from an absence, the student must have proper documentation for the absence.

Makeup Work:

All students shall be given the opportunity to makeup work per School Board Policy. A student has the number of days he/she was excused plus one extra day to complete makeup work.

It is the student’s responsibility to request work from the teacher and to arrange to make-up tests/quizzes.

Loss of Driver’s License Due to Excessive Absence:

If a student accrues 5 or more unexcused absences in a 15 day period, or 15 unexcused within a

30 day period, that student will have his/her driver’s license suspended or revoked. If a student

does not have a license, they will be unable to obtain a driver’s license until their attendance situation is remedied. Once revoked, a student must attend school for 30 consecutive days without an absence to have the license re-established.

•   Any student that accrues 3 or more unexcused tardies will be given a referral by the teacher.

Initial referrals will be for detentions to be served during lunch, after school, or before school.


Habitual Truant:

Habitual Truants are defined as students who have accrued 15 unexcused absences within 90 calendar days, with or without the knowledge or consent of the student’s parent or legal guardian

as defined by law. All students who are identified as habitual truants will be referred to the

School Social Worker and the State of Florida, per law.