Regular attendance is one of the most important factors determining a student’s success or failure in school. Daily attendance is the responsibility of the individual student and his/her parent or guardian. Teachers are willing to assist students who must miss school for legitimate reasons. However, teachers are not expected to devote extra time and effort to assisting students who are not making an effort to attend and initiate the making up of missed work.
Students are expected to be in class and on time each day. The state of Arizona requires all students to be in attendance for at least 90% of the school year. At GWA, 15 days equals 10% of the school year. More than 15 days absent results in a student being truant. Truancy is punishable by law and may result in a student with excessive absences being retained.
If there are extenuating circumstances that affect a child’s ability to attend, the parent/guardian must arrange an attendance conference with the principal so the issue can be discussed and resolved appropriately. The deciding factor in a decision to apply “No Credit” for a class may be the amount of effort the student exhibits to keep all assignments caught up. If there is to be an extended absence, parents may request that missed assignments be available for them to pick up. Teachers are always allowed 24 hours to gather the necessary materials.