It is the belief of the Homewood City Board of Education that regular school attendance positively impacts student achievement; therefore, we believe it is in the best interest of your child to attend school regularly. Furthermore, regular school attendance is mandated by The Compulsory School Attendance Law of the State of Alabama, Title 15, Section 28-12, Code of Alabama, 1975. School administrators are required under state law to enforce this law. Furthermore, student attendance is a standard that the Alabama State Department of Education uses to assess a district’s accountability.
When absences occur, a written, excusable explanation must be provided to the school for each absence within three school days from the day the student returns to school. Failure to provide this explanation will result in the student being considered unexcused for the missed days. Please review the Attendance Policy section of the Homewood City Schools Code of Conduct. Absences from school could lead to loss of credit for the courses in which the student is enrolled. To assist you in monitoring your child’s attendance, a letter will be sent when a student has reached at least three (3) unexcused absences. Should your child acquire at least five (5) unexcused absences, a second notification letter requesting a conference with the truancy office for Homewood City Schools will be sent. Upon the seventh (7th) unexcused absence during this academic school year, the student and parent will be referred to the Jefferson County Family Court Truancy Intervention Program.
In many cases, absences from school are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. However, chronic absenteeism can have a drastic impact on your child’s education. According to the national organization Attendance Works, children chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade are much less likely to learn to read by the end of third grade. Once students enter sixth grade, chronic absences are an early warning sign of a drop-out. By ninth grade, attendance is a better graduation predictor than your child’s eighth grade test scores. This letter serves as an awareness tool for your family. We want your child to be successful in school, and regular attendance is an important part of that success.
It is our sincere desire that all of our students achieve their highest level of academic excellence. We believe that regular school attendance is an essential aspect of academic achievement, and we ask that you help your child attain that success by insisting upon regular school attendance. Thank you very much for your partnership in this matter.