These policies are outlined in their entirety in the student handbook.
ABSENTEEISM / ATTENDANCE
Regular school attendance is essential. Students and parents should make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences.
Parents must inform the school regarding an absence. Parents should please make arrangements to pick up their child’s missed assignments when they are not in school.
Upon returning to school after an absence, the student must bring a note within the first three (3) instructional days. Parents are to include in the note: date of the absence, reason for the absence, and the parent’s signature. OGISD campuses will accept parent notes excusing no more than seven absences each school year. After seven absences, a doctor’s note will be required or the absence will be deemed unexcused. Extenuating circumstances may be determined by the principal.
Students who either begin their day at school or end their day at school but miss part of the day for medical/dental appointments and who return to school with a doctor’s excuse will not be counted absent for that day.
The state mandates that students be in attendance 90% of the required school days. Students not meeting this attendance requirement may face retention.
Documentation regarding the illness of a student will be taken under consideration by the school’s attendance committee. A student not meeting attendance requirements may not be promoted to the next grade. Excessive absences are monitored by each campus and may result in charges being filed with the local legal system.
A complaint against the student/parent may be filed in court if the student:
1. Is absent from school on ten or more days or parts of days (including tardies and early pick-ups) within a six-month period in the same school year, or
2. Is absent on three or more days or parts of days (including tardies and early pickups) within a four-week period.
Tardiness interferes with student achievement. At the Primary and Elementary levels, student tardiness is most often beyond the control of the student and therefore falls within the scope of parental responsibility. Habits learned during the Primary and Elementary school years are major building blocks for successful students at OGISD. Parents and/or designees are strongly encouraged to ensure that their child arrives at school on time. Students who receive three or more tardies during the nine week grading period will be subject to the following consequences. Students with three (3) or more tardies within a nine weeks grading period will receive inschool or after school detention and/or loss of privileges. (pg. 30)
Leaving School During the Day:
Parents or a designee must sign out the child in the principal’s office. Only those individuals listed on the child’s registration card may sign a student out from school. Identification will be requested of individuals signing children out of school. When a child leaves school from the nurses’ office, they still need to sign out in the principal’s office. Due to a closed campus policy, students may not leave campus for lunch. Parents and guardians are asked to please limit the number of times they pick up their child before dismissal time from school. Excessive early pick-ups can result in filing of truancy charges. Parents and/or designees are strongly discouraged from taking children out of school early for any and all unnecessary reasons. (pg. 30)
Please help us, as we work towards our MISSION, to educate all students to be successful in society.