Updated Attendance Policy

Kamiah Joint School District No. 304 

STUDENTS 3050 Attendance Policy 

Students are expected to attend all assigned classes each day. Teachers shall keep a record of  absence and tardiness. Before the end of the school day, each school shall attempt to contact  every parent, guardian, or custodian whose child is absent from school but who has not reported  the child as absent for the school day, to determine whether the parent, guardian, or custodian is  aware of the child’s absence from school. 

In order to graduate from the Kamiah School District, a student must complete 46 (forty-six)  credits. Completion of a course at Kamiah High School will be defined as sixty percent (60%)  mastery of the material and attendance to include not more than eight 8 absences per semester.  A student will be allowed eight 8 absences per class, per semester. Any absence beyond that  number may mean a loss of credit in those subjects missed. This attendance criterion is based on  the theory that prompt and regular attendance in school is the beginning of dependability in adult  business, personal, and social life. Furthermore, regular attendance is important, because  valuable skills and information gained in the classroom may or may not show up on tests or be  reflected in an academic grade. The general welfare of all students is best served by regular  attendance. 

Excused Absences 

The following are valid excuses for absence and tardiness. Missed work assignments and  activities may be made up in the manner provided by the teacher. A student shall be allowed one  (1) makeup day for each day of absence. 

1. Participation in school-approved activity – To be excused, this absence must be  authorized by a staff member and the affected teacher(s) must be notified prior to the absence,  unless it is clearly impossible to do so. 

2. Absence caused by illness, health condition, or family emergency – When possible, the  parent is expected to notify the school office on the morning of the absence and send a signed  note of explanation with the student upon his/her return to school. “Emergency” shall be defined  as unforeseen and unexpected circumstances which create an air of crisis or extreme need. Such  circumstances must present a grave and clear danger which could result in irremediable harm or  immediate disaster. 

3. Absence for parental-approved activities – This category of absence shall be counted as  excused for purposes agreed upon by the principal and the parent. An absence may not be  approved if it causes a serious adverse effect on the student’s educational progress. In  participation-type classes (e.g., certain music and physical education classes), the student may  not be able to achieve the objectives of the unit of instruction as a result of absence from class.  In such a case, a parent-approved absence would have an adverse effect on the student’s  educational progress, which would ultimately be reflected in the grade for such a course.  Students will be allowed a maximum of 8 pre-arranged parental-approved absences per 


semester. Additional requests of pre-arranged parental-approved absences will be approved on a  case-by-case basis by the district superintendent. 

4. Absence resulting from disciplinary actions or short-term suspension – Students who are  removed from a class or classes as a disciplinary measure, or students who have been placed on  short-term suspension, shall have the right to make up assignments or exams missed during time  they were denied entry to the classroom. 

5. Excused absence for chronic health condition – Students with a chronic health condition  which interrupts regular attendance may qualify for placement in a limited attendance and  participation program. The student and his/her parents shall apply to the principal or counselor,  and a limited program shall be written following the advice and recommendations of the  student’s medical advisor. The recommended limited program shall be approved by the  principal. Staff shall be informed of the student’s needs, though the confidentiality of medical  information shall be respected at the parent’s request. Absence verified by a medical practitioner  may be sufficient justification for home instruction. If a student’s absences due to chronic health  conditions are impacting academic performance, the building principal may meet with parents to  discuss possible alternatives to face-to-face instruction to include possible home-bound  instruction, online learning, etc.  

Unexcused Absences 

Any absence not defined as excused shall be considered unexcused or truant.  Procedures to address absences 

1. After five (5) absences from school/class, a letter will be sent to the student’s home,  indicating the school policy and the number of days missed. 

2. After seven (7) absences, another letter will be sent, indicating the severity of the  situation and explaining in detail the alternatives for non-compliance. 

3. After going over the eighth 8th absence, the student will receive a letter stating that credit  may be withheld. That student, with parental accompaniment, must appear before the  Attendance Committee, consisting of the school principal, the guidance counselor, and those  teachers whose classes the student has exceeded the allowable number of absences. The  Attendance Committee will establish a plan and agreement for the student to regain credit based  on absences. If the student fails to meet the criteria established in the plan, the student will  automatically lose credit at the end of the plan. If the student and parents fail to appear before the  Attendance Committee, the student will automatically lose credit.  

4. Any decision to withhold credit can be appealed to the Superintendent and then to the  Board.  

5. The Superintendent will instruct the Clerk to inform the students’ parents/guardians of  the board decision. 


6. Students who have exceeded 8 absences in one semester in any course are ineligible to  participate in extracurricular activities. This decision can be appealed to the Superintendent and  then to the School Board.  

7. This policy supersedes all language found in student handbooks and previously created  policies.  

Legal Reference: Art. IX, § 9, Idaho Constitution – Compulsory Attendance at School I.C. § 33-202 School attendance compulsory 

I.C. § 33-204 Exemption for Cause 

I.C. § 33-205 Denial of School Attendance 

I.C. § 33-207 Proceedings against parents or guardians 

Policy History: 

Adopted on: 10/15/2012 

Revised on: 10/18/2021