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New Absence Policy for the 2019-2020 School Year
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Thursday, May 23, 2019

It will be the student's responsibility to provide the designated local school official with the proper data to verify that an absence should be excused.  This must be done no later than three days after returning to school.  Two written excuses per semester will be accepted from parents unless there are extenating circumstances beyond that student's control that are approved by the principal.  

The following procedures concerning truancy or conduct problems shall be administered throughout the Franklin County School System:

1.  First truancy/unexcused absence or fifth unexcused tardy per year (warning) a.  Parent/guardian will be notified by the school principal or his designee that the student was truant and the date of the truancy.  b.  Parent/guardian will also be provided with a copy of Alabama's compulsory school attendance laws and advised of the penalties that can be applied and the procedures that shall be followed in the event that other unexcused absences occur.

2.  No earlier than the fifth unexcused absence seventh unexcused tardy, or tenth excused absence per year (conference) a.  The parent/guardian shall (1) attend a conference with the attendance officer and principal or his designee and (2)  participate in the early warning program provided by the juvenile court.  b.  Attendance at one of these conferences will be mandatory except when prior arrangements have been made or an emergency exists.  c.  Failure to appear at the school conference or to appear at the early warning program shall result in the filing of a complaint against the parent under Code of Alabama (1975), Section 16-28-12 (C)(failure to cooperate), or a truancy against the child. 

3.  No earlier than seventh unexcused absence, or tenth unexcused tardy per year, but within school days (court):  File complaint against the child and parent/guardian, if appropriate.  

4.  Parent and children can also be assigned to the Early Warning Program if student has had three suspensions and/or office referrals for discipline or behavioral problems, and for excessive checkouts as deemed necessary by the principal or his designee.  

5.  Child under probation  a.  The school attendance officer should be notified by the juvenile probation officer of all children in the school system under probation supervision by the juvenile court as consistent with the state statute, Code of Alabama (1975), Section 12-15-100 and 105.  b.  Where a child under probation is truant, the school attendance officer should immediately notify the juvenile probation officer.  


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