Attendance

Tribal law (Article XI.sec.11-309) requires that students attend school between the ages of five (5) through eighteen (18). SRHS enforces a strict attendance policy. The primary responsibility for attendance rests with the student and parents/guardian. Students are required to attend every class for which they are registered. 

 

Summary of Expectations

 

The following student attendance information is the expectation for the betterment of each student’s education and will serve as a guideline for Salt River Junior High and High School students, guardians, parents and families.

  1. Parent/Guardian is expected to call the school in the case of a student absence.
  2. If no parent/guardian notification is received by Salt River High School, SRHS will attempt to make contact with the parent/guardian.
  3. Notifications of daily accumulated student absences (per semester) and school response to intervention:
    1. 3 Absences (Excused and/or Unexcused)
      1. 1st formal attendance letter mailed home and school contact by School Attendance Liaison.
    2. 6 Absences (Excused and/or Unexcused)
      1. 2nd formal attendance letter mailed home (with tracking), school contact by Parent and Community Involvement Specialist to schedule a required meeting. The student may not return to school until a meeting is scheduled.
    3. 9 Absences (Excused and/or Unexcused)
      1. 3rd formal attendance letter mailed home (with certification), school contact made and referral made to SRPMIC Attendance Officer.
    4. 15 Absences (Excused and/or Unexcused)
      1. Student may be recommended to bewithdrawn from Salt River High School. Letter of notification mailed home (with tracking) and school contact made.
    5. Parents/Guardians who anticipate extended absences should contact the school. If they do not, children may be withdrawn from school after missing 10 consecutive school days.

 

Parent/Guardian Responsibility to Notify School

To excuse an absence, parents/guardians should call prior to or on the day (by 10 a.m.) of the absence. The Attendance Office telephone number is (480) 362-2052 and has a 24-hour answering machine. Notes are accepted, if they can be verified by a follow-up call by the Attendance Clerk. The Attendance Office will notify parents/guardians of accumulated student absences.

What is an absence?

A student who is not present or who arrives more than ten (10) minutes late is considered absent from class for that period. All students shall be in class unless, they are ill.

What is an unexcused absence?

If a parent/guardian does not notify the SRHS Attendance Office within three (3) days that the student is absent for an excused reason, that absences will then be considered an unexcused absence, outside of any irrefutable documentation.

Excusable reasons for absences:

(Irrefutable documentation, such as notes from a doctor or dentist will be taken into consideration.)

  • Student is ill (After three consecutive sick days, the student must present a doctor’s note)
  • Student has a medical/dental appointment that cannot be made before or after school
  • Death in the immediate family
  • Religious holiday
  • Student is participating in a cultural/ceremonial/traditional event

Any student that is absent during district or standardized testing will be required to make-up the test(s) within a specified timeframe. This timeframe may include testing on Saturday.

Students will be allowed the number of days absent (excused absences only) to make up missed assignments. Work that was assigned prior to an absence will be due upon return to class. SEE Homework 

Any unexcused absence is considered a disciplinary situation. SEE Truancy Intervention 

 

Adult Students & Attendance

Students, 18 years and older, are considered adult student learners. Adult students that attend SRHS are held accountable for all absences and will be required to sign an adult agreement. If a student who is 18 years and older and still resides at home with parent/guardian, we still prefer to remain in contact with student’s parent/guardian, as a courtesy.

 

Attendance Policy & Earning Credit

It is important that parents/guardians and students recognize the direct relationship between academic success and regular class attendance. Lectures, discussions, participation and student interactions with teachers are lost when students are absent. For that reason, a student will be placed on audit status when ten (10) absences are reached in any individual class during a semester. The student will be placed on audit status, which is a probationary period (outlined below under Truancy Prevention) and if the student fails to meet the criteria and requirements of the audit status, he or she may lose credit and/or be withdrawn from Salt River High School. This is one crucial component of the required meeting at 6 potential absences.

 

Tardiness

At SRHS there are a series of bells indicating when class ends and begins. There is no warning bell prior to the bell that starts each class. Students are considered tardy if they are not inside their assigned class when the final bell rings. Tardy sweeps may occur. Students not in class may be placed in tardy sweep, lunch detention and/or afterschool detention.

 

Truancy Intervention

In accordance with Tribal law (Article XI.sec.11-309) SRHS attendance patterns will be closely monitored. Every period, attendance is taken and reported to the Attendance Clerk. SRHS Truancy Intervention Program process is as follows:

 

  1. For every absence, the SRHS Attendance Liaison will attempt to make personal contact with the student’s parent/guardian.
  2. 3 Absences (Excused and/or Unexcused)
    1. After three (3) full day absences or twenty-one (21) accumulated period absences, the first formal attendance letter mailed home and school contact will be attempted by School Attendance Liaison.
    2. SRPMIC Attendance Officer will be notified.
  3. 6 Absences (Excused and/or Unexcused)
    1. After six (6) full-day absences, combination of or forty-two (42) accumulated period absences, a second formal attendance letter mailed home (with tracking), school contact will be made Parent and Community Involvement Specialist requesting a required
    2. STUDENT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RETURN TO SCHOOL UNTIL THIS MEETING IS SCHEDULED.
    3. SRPMIC Attendance Officer will be notified.
    4. Student will be recommended to attend the Salt River High School Saturday School Program.
  4. 9 Absences (Excused and/or Unexcused)
    1. After nine (9) full-day absences or sixty-three (63) accumulated period absences, the third formal attendance letter mailed home (with certification), school contact made and referral made to SRPMIC Attendance Officer.
    2. Student will now be placed on AUDIT Status / Academic Probation and is in jeopardy of NOT earning credit for the class(es). An AUDIT Meeting will only be considered to be held where a student is passing his/her class(es) and under fifteen (15) absences by the end of a semester.
    3. Student will be recommended to attend the Salt River High School Saturday School Program.
  5. 15 Absences (Excused and/or Unexcused)
    1. Student may be recommended to be withdrawn from Salt River High School. Letter of notification mailed home (with tracking) and school contact made.
    2. It will be recommended the student return to his/her home school. The School and Community Relations Department can and is willing to assist with this process.
    3. Irrefutable documentation, such as notes from a doctor or dentist will be taken into consideration.
    4. The student and parent/guardian have the right to appeal to the school principal.
    5. The student and parent/guardian have the right to appeal to the Superintendent / Director or Designee.
  6. If the student and family/guardian wishes to reapply to enroll at SRHS the following semester or school-year, the student and family/guardian must provide documentation of successful academic grades and attendance while attending his/her most recent school (Reference
  7. Excessive absences that are limited to one (1) to three (3) class periods, are in line with the criteria above and potentially fall into an AUDIT status may result in loss of credit, removal from class and placed into a study hall (no credit) and/or be placed on a modified schedule.

 

All correspondence regarding student attendance may be held in student file and may also be communicated with SRPMIC School and Community Relations Department

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