Regular attendance is essential to a students's success in school. Persistent absenteeism or tardiness creates a genuine hardship for the student and is regarded as a very serious problem. To improve attendance and decrease truancy, The Court of Common Please - Division of Juvenile Court is working with all Richland County schools.
To excuse a student's absence:
The parent or guardian must notify the school by 10:00 a.m. on the day of the student's absence, orsend a note the day of return. You can also leave messages on the building phone's answering machine, which is in service at all times.
The parent or guardian must send a doctor's excuse to school after three (3) consecutive days of absence.
Students arriving late at school or leaving school for a doctor/dentist appointment will need a note from the doctor/dentist to have their tardy or absence excused. Tardy students must report to the office upon arrival to school.
A student who leaves school without permission, is considered truant.
A student who arrives after 12:00 p.m. (primary buildings) or 11:30 a.m. (intermediate building) will be marked absent for half day. Students leaving before 12:30 p.m. (primary buildings) or 12:00 p.m. (intermediate building) and not returning for the remainder of the day will be marked absent for half day.
A student will have an absence EXCUSED upon notifying the school for the following reasons:
- Religious holiday
- Death in the family
- Personal illness (a medical statement may be required)
- Family vacation (with prior approval of school authorities)
- Emergencies (approved be school authorities)
Student's who reach the following absences may expect the following notices:
Two Days Unexcused: You will receive a warning letter, which is just that...a warning.
Five days Excused: Attendance Policy reminder.
Five Days Unexcused: Parents and students will be required to attend a Parent Education Program sponsored by the Courts and Richland County Schools. Failure to attend will result in an Unofficial Hearing at Juvenile Court.
Eight Days Unexcused: Parents and students will be required to attend an Unofficial Hearing at Juvenile Court.
Ten Days Absent: If your student has been absent for ten (10) days during the school year he/she will be deemed to have excessive absences and will be placed on Medical Status. Medical Status requires a doctor's excuse for any additional absences to be excused. The excuse must state the date of doctor visit as well as a return to school date.
Any excessive or unexcused absences may result in a visit from the Mansfield City School District Attendance Officer. By working together, we can eliminate excessive absences and provide a quality education for your student.