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New Absence Policy

posted Sep 21, 2017, 12:10 PM by Oconee Google   [ updated Sep 21, 2017, 12:11 PM ]
Parents need to be aware of a new state policy defining chronic absenteeism.  Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, a student who misses 50% or more of the instructional day for any reason will be designated as absent.
Each school will pull reports at regular intervals and students who have been marked absent for 10% of the days to that point will be considered chronically absent.  The main change is that all types of absences contribute to identifying chronic absenteeism including excused absences, unexcused absences and suspensions.

"The state is making this change to put more emphasis on attendance," said Michael Thorsland, district superintendent.  "Chronic absenteeism is associated with poor academic performance, increased dropout rates and decreased graduation rates.  The bottom line is that it is important for students to be in school."

Chronic absenteeism should not be confused with truancy, which is a designation for three consecutive full-day unexcused absences or five total unexcused absences throughout the school year.  For questions about this change, parents may call Evie Hughes at 864-886-4400 extension 6144.