8310 – Student Absences-Excused

Recognizing the relationship of good attendance and student achievement, Grand Island Public Schools will promote systems to work with parents and students to establish and maintain desirable habits of punctuality and attendance. Parents or guardians are expected to account for students who are absent. Parents or guardians will arrange with the school principal, or designee, for any scheduled absence from any class, or classes, or days of school, prior to the absence of the student. In the event of illness or other emergency, parents or guardians are expected to contact the schools as soon as possible.

The district will maintain contact with all parents and guardians to verify attendance and to notify parents of students who do not arrive at school at the expected time. All attempts to contact parents or guardians will be documented.

Student absences approved by the principal shall be excused absences. Excused absences shall count as days in attendance for purposes of addressing excessive absenteeism, except when the school district determines the need to comply with state statute and report to the county attorney for excessive absences.  Excused absences include, but are not limited to, [illness, family emergencies, recognized religious observances, appointments that cannot be scheduled outside the school day and school?sponsored or approved activities].

Students whose absences are approved shall make up the work missed and receive full credit for the missed school work, within guidelines of the student handbook. It shall be the responsibility of the student to initiate a procedure with the student's teacher to complete the work missed.

Students who wish to participate in school?sponsored activities must attend schoolthe day of the activity unless permission has been given by the principal for the student to be absent.

It shall be the responsibility of the parent to notify the student's attendance center as soon as the parent knows the student will not be attending school on that day. The principal may request evidence or written verification of the student's reason for absence.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.


Legal Reference:                                 Neb. Statute 79-209

                                                                NDE Rule 10.012.01B


Policy Adopted - November 3, 1980

Reviewed by Board Policy Committee: 8-19-96

Policy Revised: 9-13-99

Policy Revised: 8-2-01   

Policy Revised: 11.15.2010