The Clark County School District requires that students enrolled in schools of the District attend school regularly in accordance with the Nevada Revised Statutes. It is the position of the District that if a student is absent, no learning can take place. The educational experiences lost during an absence are irretrievable as the interaction in the classroom setting can seldom be duplicated through makeup work. Regular student attendance is critical to the student completing course work required for earning credit and/or being promoted to the next grade. Both in-school and out-of-school learning activities and assignments contribute to a student’s ability not only to attain a passing grade in a course, but also to master the standards for each course of study. The Federal No Child Left Behind Act requires that in order to achieve Adequate Yearly Progress, schools must attain a standard of 90 percent attendance. Individual student absences should be limited to a maximum of ten (10) total absences per semester for schools under a regular six period a day schedule.
Explanations by the parent, legal guardian, or physician stating the reason the student was absent within the meaning of sections 1-4 as listed below must be presented to the principal designee (Attendance Clerk) not later than three days after the student returns to school. Absences shall be approved for the purposes of attendance enforcement within the meaning of the Nevada Revised Statutes when:
1. The student is physically or mentally unable to attend school, or the absence is related to the student’s disability and the course work has been completed.
2. The approval of the teacher or principal or his designee has been given for an unavoidable absence due to an emergency.
3. The student is absent due to a required court appearance or a religious holiday.
4. The absence has been arranged pursuant to the request of a parent or legal guardian prior to the absence and does not exceed the allowable ten (10) arranged days per school year.
Within the meaning of the Nevada Revised Statutes an absence is unapproved when:
1. The arranged absence was not requested in writing in advance of the absence or exceeded the allowable ten (10) arranged days per school year;
2. The absence was not due to the physical or mental inability of the student to attend school, the student’s disability, an emergency, a required court appearance, or religious holiday;
3. The absence from class or school was without written permission from the principal or his designee;
4. The parent/guardian or person in charge of the student failed to notify the school of the reason the student was physically or mentally unable to attend, or the nature of the emergency, court appearance or religious holiday within three days after the student returned to school;
5. The student failed or refused to attend school when so directed by the parent or legal guardian or school official; or,
6. The parent or legal guardian or person having charge of the student failed or refused to require the student’s attendance at school. Absences that are unapproved/unexcused are considered truancies. The Clark County School District will strictly enforce attendance and truancy regulations and will refer habitual truants to local law enforcement as per state law.
1. An unapproved absence for one or more class periods or the equivalent of one or more class periods during a school day shall be deemed a truancy (NRS 392.130).
2. If a student has been declared truant three times for unapproved absences, the principal of the school, or his designee, shall report the student to a school police officer or the local law enforcement agency for investigation of habitual truancy and issuance of a citation, if warranted, in accordance with NRS 392.149 (NRS 392.144).
3. The Nevada Revised Statutes do not distinguish between truancy resulting from an action of the student and that of the parent or legal guardian.
4. Any child who has once been declared a habitual truant and who in an immediately succeeding year is absent from school without a valid excuse may again be declared a habitual truant.
In grades K through 12, parents or legal guardians of students who have been absent shall be required to present to the school a statement giving the reason for the absence.
Attendance Note Requirements:
1) Full name of student
2) Student ID number
3) Date(s) of absence
4) Complete reason for absence
5) Parent/Guardian name
6) Parent/Guardian Signature
Attendance Notes will ONLY be accepted:
Morning: 6:30 – 7:00 AM Lunch: 12:46 – 1:16 PM Afternoon: 1:16 – 2:00 PM
Absence Make-up Work
After any absence, a secondary student is required to initiate contact with the teacher(s) to obtain appropriate makeup work within three school days immediately following the absence. Once contact has been made with the teacher(s), specific makeup work must be completed and returned to the teacher(s) within a reasonable length of time, to be determined by the teacher and communicated to the student/parent or legal guardian. The makeup work must be returned to the teacher(s) by the specified due date if it is to be acknowledged. Students shall be allowed a minimum of three (3) days to complete makeup work
The Clark County School District recognizes the problem of student tardiness to class as a serious disruption of the educational atmosphere of our schools. The distractions caused by students arriving late to class are unfair to the teacher and are an infringement on the educational rights of other students. Certain elements of instructional activity and learning are irrevocably missed when students arrive late to class. A student who is not physically present in the classroom at the start of the instructional period but reports to the classroom after that time is to be marked tardy. If the student misses more than thirty (30) minutes of the instructional period, the student has missed an essential part of the learning experience. Therefore, for purposes of attendance enforcement, a student who is more than thirty (30) minutes late to any class period shall be counted absent from that class, and the teacher shall mark the roll book accordingly.