QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ATTENDANCE POLICYMaryland state law requires regular school attendance. The Annotated Code of MD requires that
“Each child who resides in this state and is 5 years old or older and under 17 shall attend a public school regularly during the entire school year unless the child is otherwise receiving regular, thorough instruction during the school year in the studies usually taught in the public schools to children of the same age.”
I. What is the Attendance Policy?
The Queen Anne’s County Board of Education student attendance policy is based on the premise that success in school is contingent upon continuous and consistent educational experiences. All students are expected to attend school regularly and to be on time for classes in order to benefit from the instructional program and to develop habits of punctuality, self-discipline, and responsibility. Consistent school attendance is a parent responsibility. Maintaining close communication and cooperation between the home, school, and community promotes regular attendance. Students are expected to attend school and all classes regularly and punctually.
II. Standards for School Attendance•For high school, students will be allowed a combination of five (5) personal (parent) notes and parent call-ins per semester. Five (5) or more unlawful absence days per semester may result in course failure and loss of credit. This decision may be appealed to the Attendance Review Committee. This committee will be established at each high school and will meet as needed.•For middle school parents may excuse absences by phone or by note NO MORE than ten(10) occasions in combination during the school year. Ten(10) or more unlawful absences during the school year may result in course failure. This decision may be appealed to the Attendance Review Committee. This committee will be established at each middle school and will meet as needed.•Students receiving special education or having a 504 Plan will be referred to the Student Support Team or IEP team to determine possible loss of credit for excessive unlawful absences.•Students who are returning from a withdrawal status must complete a conference with the PPW. An Attendance Contract may be required.•Transfer students, with a poor attendance history, may be required to complete an Attendance Contract.•“Habitual Truancy” may be cause for student withdrawal from school (over age 17). Habitual Truants are students who are unlawfully absent from school for a number of days, in excess of 20% of the available time school is in session.. After 10 absences student will be referred to the PPW.
V. Procedures to Verify Attendance/Tardiness
The parent/guardian should call the school between 7:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on the day of absence to justify a lawful absence or present a written note on the day of the student’s return to school. After 1:00 p.m., high schools begin calling parents of students whose absence has not been verified. Parents may excuse student absences by phone on no more than 5 days in combination with personal notes during a semester. Additional call-ins without submitting lawful documentation will be considered unlawful.
VI. Can my child make up work after a lawful absence?
Students are encouraged to make up work for LAWFUL absences. It is the responsibility of the student and the parent(s)/guardian(s) to initiate the request, obtain work from teachers, and return the completed work within the established timeline. An absence, including absence for any portion of the day, for any reason other than those cited as lawful are presumed to be unlawful and may constitute truancy. A truant is a student absent without lawful cause from attendance for a school day or a portion thereof. There shall be no make-up work for students who are unlawfully absent. After 10 days, any unlawful absence cannot be changed to a lawful absence. At the high schools, after 5 days, any unlawful absence cannot be changed to a lawful absence.
VII. LAWFUL ABSENCES
Code of Maryland Regulation (COMAR) 13A.08.01.03)
01. Death in the immediate family
02. Illness of the student. The principal shall require a physician’s certificate from the parent /guardian of a student reported continuously absent for illness. For high school only, students will be allowed a combination of 5 personal (parent) notes and parent call-ins per semester. They are allowed any number of medical notes.
07.Hazardous weather conditions
08.Work approved or sponsored by the school
09.Observance of a religious holiday
10. State Emergency
11. Other emergency or set of circumstances.
17. Health Exclusion
19. Lack of authorized transportation