Nuestros Valores Charter School Attendance Policy
The NVCS Attendance policy is designed with the requirements and guidelines of the Title 6 Primary and Secondary Education Compulsory School Attendance Law.
A strong correlation exists between academic success and regular school attendance. High School attendance is ultimately the responsibility of the student and his/her family. Students should remain out of school only when necessary because much of the classroom activity cannot be replicated; the benefit of discussion and participation is lost forever to those who are absent. It must be emphasized that regular attendance is the key too much of the success a student may gain from his/her high school program.
Absence is defined as a student’s non-attendance in his/her assigned classroom during an assigned period. It is the responsibility of the student to complete make-up assignments and return it by due date provided by teacher. Any unexcused absence will result in making work up for a lower grade. No full credit will be given for work made up as a result of an unexcused absence!
Each teacher will provide each student with a participation grade in each class. In order to receive this portion of the grade, A STUDENT MUST BE PRESENT IN CLASS! In other words, attendance will now be part of your grade.
Nuetros Valores Charter School requires that class attendance be taken and maintained by class period for every instructional day for each student. Nuestros Valores Charter School is required to report unexcused absences of two or more classes up to fifty percent of an instructional day as one-half day absence, and the absence of more than fifty percent of an instructional day to be counted as one full day absence. NVCS utilizes Administrative Plus and Grade Quick to track student attendance.
For the purpose of this policy, the following circumstances constitute an excused absence:
- An excused absence is WRITTEN documentation that the student was unable to attend school that day. Examples include a doctor’s note for illness, a scheduled court hearing, or other written notice.
- Medical reasons: NVCS understands that people become ill and that not every illness constitutes a need to go to a doctor, but requires rest and recovery from the illness. An illness lasting less than two days will be excused with a parent phone call every day and a parent note upon returning to school. After two days out sick, a doctor’s signed note with the date(s) and reason(s) for the absence will be required. The signed note must be presented upon returning to school. Be advised that the school randomly validates doctor’s notes. Please note that regularly scheduled doctor and dentist appointments should be scheduled outside of regular school hours. Please also be advised that the school reserves the right to require medical documentation for illness less than to days if there appears to be a pattern of absences due to illness.
- Death in a family: A signed parent/guardian note must state the date(s) and reason(s) for the absence.
- Religious holiday: A note from the parent/guardian and advanced notice to the teacher. Religious holiday is a day observed by an official religious group or specific faith, or a native sovereign nation.
If a student is absent from school and a parent has not contacted the school by 12:00 PM on the day of the absence, the student will be considered UNEXCUSED. A phone call to parents/guardians will be made the day of absence. An unexcused absence may be changed to excused absence with the receipt of proper documentation.
ACTION WILL BE TAKEN REGARDLESS OF ABSENT TYPE.
ALL OTHER ABSENCES WILL BE CLASSIFIED AS AN UNEXCUSED ABSENCE!
The school is committed to using various interventions and consequences as a tool to address excessive unexcused absences and habitual truancy and is prohibited from using out-of-school suspension and expulsion as a punishment for this issue. The school will use withdrawal as provided in section 22-8-2 NMSA 1978 only after exhausting intervention efforts listed below.
As per the requirements and guidelines of the Title 6 Primary and Secondary Education Compulsory School Attendance Law a student shall be referred to Juvenile probation when the student reaches 10 unexcused absences in a school year. It further states that early identification and intervention be put into place at every school in the state of New Mexico. NVCS has adopted the following interventions:
Three Unexcused Absences: A letter informing the parent/guardian will be sent home. A follow up phone call will be made to the parent/guardian. A member of student support services will meet with the student to assess the need for further intervention. All interventions will be documented.
Five Unexcused Absences: A letter informing the parent guardian will be sent home which includes a date and time to meet with student support services to discuss possible interventions. Participants in the meeting will identify the causes of the absences, identify actions to prevent further unexcused absences, identify school resources to support the family and develop a corrective action plan. All interventions will be documented.
The notification of the parent/guardian and the meeting will be respectful and in a language and in a manner that is understandable to student and parent.
Seven Unexcused Absences: A letter informing the parent guardian will be sent home which includes a date and time to meet with student support services to discuss possible interventions. Participants in the meeting will identify the causes of the absences, identify actions to prevent further unexcused absences, identify school resources to support the family and develop a corrective action plan. The student will be referred to Teen Court and the family is responsible for the $25.00 fee to Teen Court. All interventions will be documented.
Ten Unexcused Absences: When a student has attained 10 or more unexcused absences they will be considered habitually truant. A letter informing the parent/guardian will be sent home. This notice shall include a date, time, and place for the parent to meet with NVCS student support services. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss intervention strategies that will focus on keeping the student in school. The meeting will be held between the student, the student’s family, a school administrator, the school social worker, and student support services.
Eleven Unexcused Absences: If there is another unexcused absence after the delivery of written notice of habitual truancy, the student will be reported to the probation services office within seven days of the unexcused absence. The parent/guardians will be reported to children’s protective services for educational neglect.
Once a student is identified as a habitual truant, the school will document all attempts to notify parent/guardian that the student had unexcused absences, all attempts to meet with the parent/guardian to discuss and develop interventions, and intervention strategies that were implemented.
NVCS will consider the sovereignty of the Native American tribes and take the lead from their governmental agencies.
Tardies are viewed as a disruption to the classroom environment. Coming in late not only deprives the tardy student of full learning time, but it also disrupts the education of other students. If a student is to learn, he/she must be in his/her classroom prepared to work when class begins. The school reserves the right to determine whether a student is tardy. When a student accumulates 3 tardies, it will be counted as one unexcused absence. Tardies reaching one unexcused absence will count toward the 10 unexcused absences and interventions will be implemented as stated above.
3 Unexcused Tardies = 1 unexcused absence + Discipline Referral
1st Discipline Tardy Referral = Notify Parent + Lunch Detention
2nd Discipline Tardy Referral = Notify Parents + Campus Clean Up during lunch
3rd Discipline Tardy Referral = Notify Parents + Community Service + Attendance Referral