Students of the Academy are expected to attend all classes, every day, and to make every attempt to be consistent in attendance. It is difficult, if not impossible, to succeed as a student without consistent attendance to classes and to school.
Section 3321.04 of the Ohio Revised Code provides that every parent, guardian or other person having charge of any child of compulsory school age must send such child to a school which conforms to the minimum standards prescribed by the State Board of Education for the full time the school attended is in session. Such attendance must begin within the first week of the school term.
To this end, regular attendance is required of all students in Horizon Science Academy during the days and hours that the school is in session unless excused for the following reasons:
- Personal Illness: The principal may require a doctor’s certificate.
- Illness in the Family: Absences will be excused up to 3 days only when the student’s presence at home is necessary.
- Death of a Relative: Absences will be excused up to 3 days with a written request from the parent or guardian.
- Quarantine of the Home: Absences will be excused with a written doctor’s statement.
- Observance of Religious Holiday: Absences will be excused upon written request at least 3 days in advance.
- Work at Home Due to Absence of Parents or Guardians: Necessary work at home limited to emergency conditions.
- Such Good Cause as may be acceptable by the principal: Family emergency or set of circumstances, which constitutes a good and sufficient cause in the judgment of the principal for absence from school.
Absences for any reasons other than those cited above will be considered unexcused.Reporting Absence
The Ohio Law requires that schools verify absences daily. If a student is absent from school, the parent or the guardian must call the school attendance line 457 5168 between 7:30am and 8:30am on the day of the absence to report a child’s absence. If the school is not contacted, the school will make every effort to contact the parent.
In addition to that, the student must bring a written notification of the absence from the parent on the day of his/her return. An EXCUSED ABSENCE SLIP granting student access to missed work will not be given to the student until this written notification is delivered to the secretary.Tardiness to School
Students are required to be in their homerooms by 8:00am. If the student is tardy to the first period, he/she must get a tardy slip from the secretary to be accepted to class. This will be considered an unexcused tardy unless the student brings an explanatory note from the parents or it is due to school bus delay. When a student reaches 4 unexcused tardy to school, he/she will be assigned one day in-school detention.Class Tardiness
Students are responsible for arriving promptly to every class during school hours. In the event of tardiness to class, the student will be asked to present a valid pass or a tardy slip. Class tardiness will also be considered unexcused tardy unless the student presents a valid pass. The students who are late to class will be marked by the teacher and the tardy form will be turned in to administration daily. When a student reaches 4 unexcused tardy to class per quarter, he/she will be assigned one day in-school suspension. If the student accumulates 8 tardy, he/she will be assigned 1 day out-of-school suspension.Make-Up Policy for Excused Absences
Any student who was excused-absent from school has the responsibility for obtaining the missed assignments from the teachers within one-week of his/her return to school. The student is also responsible for completing all class assignments and examinations. If a student cannot complete the assignments or examinations before the end of the grading period, an “incomplete” will be given.
Students who missed any class assignments or examinations due to an unexcused absence will be denied the make-up work and get zero credit.Administrative Procedures for Excessive Student Absence
Under the laws of the State of Ohio, a student will be considered a “habitual truant” after 10 consecutive days or 15 total days of unexcused absence from school per semester. Habitual truancy will result in mandatory expulsion from the Academy.
- Any student who accumulates 5 unexcused absences will receive a warning letter from school.
- Any student who accumulates 10 unexcused absences will receive a letter from school requesting a parent conference with the administration and stating that more unexcused absences could result in the loss of credit in all semester courses taken that semester.
- Any student with 15 total days of unexcused absence per semester will be considered a “habitual truant” and referred to the Franklin County Juvenile Court for excessive absence. Habitual truancy will result in mandatory expulsion from the Academy.
- Any student who accumulates 30 total days of unexcused or excused absence during the school year he/she might be considered to be failed his/her current grade based upon teachers’ and administration’s decision and repeat the grade the following year.
Parents are encouraged not totake their children out of school for reasons other than the ones stated below:
- An emergency for which it is possible to give prior notice to the principal that constitutes a good and sufficient cause for absence from school.
- College visitation
- Non-school sponsored educational activities.
- Vacation authorized by parent or guardian.
The parent or guardian must notify the principal regarding the planned absence in person 10 days in advance and must sign a form indicating that the parent or guardian assumes full responsibility for the students’ absence. Failure to comply with this will result in unexcused absence for the missed classes.
The student will be responsible for obtaining and completing the missed assignments, notes etc, upon his/her return to school.
Excessive absenteeism interferes with the valuable teacher-student contact in the classroom. For this reason, parents are strongly advised not to arrange family vacations while the school is in session.