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Updated Attendance Policy
New LHS Attendance Policy- Effective April 2018
School attendance is the responsibility of the parent. Since there is a strong relationship between attendance and academic performance, it is important that parents take an active role in working with the school to ensure their child’s attendance on a daily basis.
Florida Statutes 1003.24
Absences of a medical or dental nature which are documented by a licensed physician or dentist will be considered excluded (excused) absences. Other excluded absences are death in the immediate family or recognized religious holidays of the student’s faith, or an ordered court appearance by the student. Exceptions may be made by the principal on an individual basis.
The following protocol will be followed for LHS students (Grades 6-12):
1. After the 5th unexcused absence of a nine (9) week grading period a letter will be mailed to parents notifying them of the student’s accumulated absences.
2. After the 10th unexcused absence of a nine (9) week grading period the student and parent will be required to meet with the LHS child study team.
After the 15th unexcused absence of a nine (9) week grading period the student will receive a grade of 59%, (F – failing). If student’s average is below 59%, they will receive the lower average for that nine (9) week grading period. In addition, this information will be reported to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Florida Statute 232.19 states that minors between the ages of 14 and eighteen years of age who drop out of school or who accumulate 15 unexcused absences during the 9 week grading period will not be issued a learner’s permit or will have their driving privilege suspended by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Students must attend school for 30 consecutive school days with no unexcused absences to get their Florida driver’s license, learner’s permit or driving privileges reinstated.