School attendance is a vital part of your student’s academic success. The state of Ohio now tracks hours of attendance for students rather than days.
ACHIEVEMENT STARTS WITH ATTENDANCE
Attendance is a critical component of achievement in school. Research about the link between academic success and attendance shows that:
- Missing ten percent of the school year is linked to poor academic performance.
- Children who are chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are less likely to read proficiently in 3rd grade.
- By 6th grade, absenteeism is a sign that a student is at risk to drop out of high school.
- By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.
NEED HELP WITH ATTENDANCE?
If your student is struggling with attendance, please contact the school your child attends so we can work together to solve barriers that affect attendance and create a plan for your child.
Here is a brief summary which we hope serves as a helpful guide regarding 2018-2019 state of Ohio attendance laws and requirements of schools:
Excessive absence is defined as a student who is absent with or without legitimate excuse for:
- 38 or more hours in one month
- 65 or more hours in one school year
The school is required to notify the child’s parent(s) in writing that their child has reached the Excessive Absence threshold within 7 days of the triggering absence.
SCHOOL INTERVENTION OPTIONS:
Building administration may implement other intervention strategies, if applicable, to improve student attendance.
Habitual truancy is defined as any student who is absent without legitimate excuse for:
- 30 or more consecutive hours
- 42 hours in a month
- 72 hours in a school year
- The child/parent must be assigned to the Absence intervention Team within 10 days of the triggering event; the team must develop and implement a TIP (Truancy Intervention Plan).
- If the child/parent is not making adequate progress after the TIP is implemented, the school will file truancy charges against the child/parent with the Clark County Courts.
Chronic absenteeism, as defined by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, is missing 10 percent or more of the school year for any reason. It includes excused and unexcused absences. Ten percent of the school year is about 92 hours of absences.