A student cannot achieve 95% attendance if he/she misses more than 8 days per year.
A student must average at least 95% attendance over the four years he/she attends high school as mandated by the A+ Schools program and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.† The accumulative attendance information will come from the official attendance record kept by the district.
Only extreme circumstances (examples: hospital stay, funeral of family member, car accident) will be considered for an appeal and must include a verification letter from the appropriate agency including specific dates and times from which the student should be considered excused.† Waivers may not be issued for absences such as routine illnesses (even those with a doctorís note), truancy, skipping classes, parent request, vacation, transportation problems, school suspensions, work, driverís test, non-emergency situations, and situations that involve avoidable absences.
The Absence Appeal Procedure:
Step 1: A parent, guardian, or student should contact the A+ office and request an Appeal of Absence form within the same semester as the absence occurred.† This request for a waiver must be completed, appropriate documentation† to verify the absences attached and then returned† to the A+ office.†
Step 2: When the information is received, a review committee will meet to decide if a waiver for absences for A+ status determination will be granted.
Step 3: The A+ Coordinator will notify the parents by letter of the decision.