Attendance Policy

At Innovations High School, students will clock in at the iPod near the front office. Additionally, teachers will complete daily attendance for their Advisory course.

Salt Lake City School District is committed to quality education. We are concerned when a child misses school for any reason. The process of education requires a continuity of instruction, class participation, learning experience, and study. Frequent absences of students experiences disrupts their educational and instructional progress.

Utah Compulsory Attendance Laws (Code 53A-11-101-105) require that “every school age child (ages 6-18) be enrolled in school and attend regularly.” Parents and students are responsible for regular attendance. Students may be excused from school attendance for valid and legitimate reasons: illness, medical appointment, family emergencies, death of family member or close friend, observance of religious holidays and family activity or travel (approved and arranged in advance with the principal).

When a student is absent, a parent/guardian should call the school. If no contact is made, the student is required to bring a note from the parent/guardian to the office upon returning to school. In the Salt Lake City School District:

  • After eight (8) or more days of EXCUSED absences (or equivalent class periods) within one school year, the principal may require a doctor's note to excuse subsequent absences.
  • After Five (5) or more days of UNEXCUSED absences (or equivalent class periods) within a school year, a First Truancy Notification and Citation will be issued requesting parent's help with their student's attendance.
  • After ten (10) or more days of UNEXCUSED absences (or equivalent class periods) within a school year, a Second Truancy Notification and Citation will be issued. Parents must schedule a conference with school officials to attempt to resolve the student's attendance issues.
  • A student is considered to be "habitually truant" when s/he has received two or more truancy citations within a school year.
  • After fifteen (15) or more days of UNEXCUSED absences (or equivalent class periods) within a school year, a Third Truancy Citation and Notice of Pre-Court Hearing will be issued requiring an appearance at a Pre-Court Hearing. Parents or guardians with students under the age of 12, including school information, may be referred to Salt Lake County District Attorney. Students older than 12 years of age, including school information, may be referred to the Third District Juvenile Court.

To appeal a Truancy Citation, submit the appeal in writing to the Student Services Committee (SSC) at the school where your child is enrolled. Appeals must be submitted to the SSC within 15 days of the date the citation was issued. Refer to Policy S-4 and S-4 Administrative Procedures.

If you have questions about your child's attendance, including excused and unexcused absences, please contact the school where your child is enrolled. Your support and cooperation are appreciated.


 

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