Maunawili Elementary Attendance Policy
Mandates, Rationale, and Goals
Maunawili Elementary School’s Attendance Policy and Monitoring Procedures are necessary to meet the STRIVEHI school readiness target and Hawaii DOE recommendations:
- Less than 10% of students are chronically absent (less than 10% of enrollment has 14 or more absences)
- Comply with the recommended 95% daily attendance rate set by the Hawaii DOE
- Uphold Hawaii Statute 302A-1132 (Hawaii State Compulsory School Attendance Law).
- Increase student achievement and attendance rates as required by StriveHI guidelines
- Identify students that may need additional support through the Comprehensive Student Support System
Definitions and Guidelines
· “Absent” means that a student is not physically present in school for at least half a day except if the student is on an authorized school activity. Any student leaving the school campus before 11:00 am will be considered absent. This also applies when a student goes home sick.
· All absences are counted for StiveHI mandates and guidelines. The Hawaii DOE does not identify absences as excused or not excused even if a doctor’s note is submitted or a parent reports the reason for absence to the school.
· “Present” means that a student is physically present in their homeroom by 7:55 a.m. Students who are tardy must report to the office to receive a tardy pass before entering the classroom.
· Chronic absenteeism is defined as exceeding 14 absences.
· When a student is absent, a parent/guardian must call the office to report the absence by 8:15 am. Messages may be left on the school’s answering machine. If a call or message is not received, the school will call home to request the reason for absence.
· If a student is ill for 3 or more consecutive days, a doctor visit is highly recommended. Doctor notes should be forwarded to the student’s teacher.
Family/sports related trips, personal appointments
· When a student is absent for 3 or more consecutive days not due to illness, a written notice must be addressed and forwarded to the school principal. Examples include family vacations and sports related trips.
Extended absences due to family vacations, sports-related events, and/or personal appointments during the school day should be avoided and scheduled during school vacations and after school. Students miss valuable classroom instruction, in-class activities, and social activities that cannot be made up.
Chronic Absenteeism and Tardiness
· Students with excessive absences will be closely monitored through our Attendance Monitoring Procedures. These procedures include regular review of daily attendance, parent notification of current attendance record by phone or letter, meeting(s) to develop an attendance action plan that may include teachers, parents, social worker, counselor, administrator and student, home visits with the school social worker, and an individualized attendance agreement.
· Chronic absenteeism is defined as exceeding14 absences.
· If chronic absenteeism are negatively impacting the student’s learning/academic progress, a referral may be made to the Family Court for educational neglect.