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Attendance: Every day matters

COVID-19 Attendance Guidelines

Attendance for the 2020-2021 school year will follow the School District of Lancaster attendance policy. Daily school attendance remains required for compulsory age students (ages 6-18).

Students attending in-person or virtual instruction must attend the entire length of the school day to be coded as present for attendance. Virtual students must be visible during zoom classes and participate in learning just as they would if they were present in the physical classroom. The teacher will enter an absence if a student is not physically visible on zoom classes and/or does not participate.

Students are expected to participate in the mode of instruction that has been chosen. Therefore, students who chose onsite instruction must physically be onsite to be present for attendance. Students who chose virtual instruction must zoom to be present for attendance. The only exception to this are students who are quarantined or isolated by the school nurse.

Any questions or concerns regarding the mode of instruction should be directed to your building principal.

Reporting Absences

Absences should be reported to the teacher or the school office within three (3) days of the absence, listing the reason for the absence. Excuse notes may be submitted using the form below or emailed to your child’s school building, using the school’s email address.

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If you have any questions, please call your school principal.

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We understand that extenuating circumstances (childcare, connectivity issues) during at home and hybrid learning periods may prevent a child from being able to attend the live sessions. Should a student need to miss a live lesson period, parents are asked to contact the child’s teacher to avoid any miscommunication or missed work.

School personnel will work with students and families who experience attendance disruptions during the online instructional period and will complete Attendance Improvement Conferences with students/families with more than six illegal absences.

Missing school affects reading level, grades, graduation and future success.

Did you know?

  • Missing school in kindergarten or first grade has especially negative effects on reading and math skills and can affect students as they go on to later grades.
  • Missing just 2 days a month may not seem like a lot, but it equals about 18 days for the year, or ten percent of the school year. And it’s considered chronic absenteeism even if they are excused absences.
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

When should students stay home and when should they go to school?

  • Before sending your children to school, we ask that families take their temperatures and check for any symptoms of illness, such as cough or runny nose.
  • If your child has a fever (100 degrees or higher), shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, a sore throat, runny nose or congestion or intestinal issues, they could be at risk of spreading illness and should not go to school.
  • Excuses like “I don’t feel like going to school today” are not good ones. The student should be encouraged to go.

Online Absence Excuse Form

Please complete the form below to notify the school of your child's absence.
If you have more than one child absent, this form needs to be filled out individually for each child.
Note: The School District of Lancaster follows policy 204 to determine acceptable excuses.

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • (If applicable)