PdLHS Allows for 3 parent excuse notes per nine weeks.

From 2021-2022 Holmes County Code of Conduct

ATTENDANCE “The Legislature finds that early intervention in school attendance habits will lead to improved student learning and achievement.” Florida Statute 1003.21 and Holmes District School Board Policy 5.40 requires students ages 6 up to 18 to be in regular attendance at school. All students are expected to attend all classes each day that school is in session. Unexcused absences may negatively affect a student's grade. Determination of whether an absence is excused or unexcused is the responsibility of the site principal or designee. Any time that a student is absent from school during school hours, a written, dated statement explaining the absence should be signed by the parent or guardian and filed at the school. Student absences must be tracked daily, and parents contacted as required by law. HOLMES DISTRICT SCHOOLS 2021-22 CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT Page 25 www.hdsb.org Tardy is defined as not being present when the tardy bell rings. Tardies in excess of 3 per class period in nine weeks will be subject to a discipline referral.


The following absences may be excused with the proper documentation:


• Illness or medical care;

• Death in the family.

• Legal requirements.

• Religious holidays.

• Educational absences approved ahead of time by the principal or designee; and

• Financial or other insurmountable conditions.

• Other absences pre-approved by the principal or designee


Any absence not meeting the above criteria will be considered unexcused. If a student has had at least 5 unexcused absences, or absences for which the reasons are unknown, within a calendar month or 10 unexcused absences, or absences for which the reasons are unknown, within a 90-calendar-day period, the student’s primary teacher shall report to the school principal or his or her designee that the student may be exhibiting a pattern of nonattendance.