At Providence Hall Charter School we have a strong commitment to a quality education, therefore we are concerned when a child misses school for any reason. The process of education requires a continuity of instruction, class participation, learning experience and study. Frequent absences of students from day-to-day classroom experiences disrupt the educational and instructional process.
Utah Compulsory Attendance Laws (Code 53A-11-101-105) requires that every school age child (6-18) be enrolled in school and attend regularly. Parents and students are responsible for regular and punctual attendance of all their classes.
A note or phone call explaining your student’s absence is required of each day your student misses school.
Individual school administration may excuse a student from school for a reason identified by the school such as:
Excessive absences will be subject to any or all of the following sanctions or disciplinary actions.
Along with the attendance school make-up requirements for absences, truancies maintain their own specific consequences following HB 207 guidelines.
A student will receive a No Grade (NG) in any class with:
Students who arrive more than 30 minutes late to a class will be given an unexcused absence.
Students who go on an extended vacation must receive prior approval from the administration at least 48 hours in advance. If prior approval is granted and the appropriate forms filled out, this will not count towards an excessive absenteeism.
NGs do not affect the underlying grade, but are put in place until the attendance issue has been resolved. Because of this NG credit does not count towards graduation requirements and must be resolved in order to receive credit for the course.
Students may remove NGs from a class in one of the following ways:
Administrative Fee: A student who is issued a truancy citation shall be assessed a fee of $25.00 (twenty- five dollars).
In the event that a student fails to pay the administrative fee or successfully complete any penalty imposed in lieu of such administrative fee, the school administration may impose any or all of the following:
Any student who has received a truancy citation or an unexcused absence has the right to appeal the truancy citation or unexcused absence to a Performance Review Committee appointed by the school administration. Such appeal must be filed with the Administration, in writing, signed by both the parent and student, within 10 days of receiving the truancy citation or unexcused absence.
The Performance Review Committee will consist of at least one Administrator, one counselor, and a teacher. At the hearing before the Review Committee the student may be represented by a person of his/her choosing and shall be entitled to produce witnesses, ask questions, and present any relevant information on cited student’s behalf.
The Performance Review Committee should render its decision after the hearing or may take the matter under advisement. The Performance Review Committee’s decision will be written down and sent to the parents/guardian within 5 days of the hearing. The Performance Review Committee’s decision will be final.
The school Board, after following the outlined due process and acting within state and legal guidelines, may release a student from school for unresolved excessive absences and truancies.