District Attendance Procedures
School attendance and punctuality is a very important factor in student academic progress. We wish to work together with parents and guardians to ensure your child’s continued success.
Please be sure to call the school office each day your child will be absent by 8:15 am if your student is in grades 7-12, and 9:15 am if your student is in grades K-6. Our goal as a district is to keep lines of communication open with families to impact student attendance and education positively.
Acceptable absences are defined in Board Policy as extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness and/or injury; religious observances; or visits with a parent or legal guardian who is an active duty member of the military who has been called to duty for, is on leave from or is immediately returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting, with permission of the superintendent or designee.The pieces listed below are not the only actions the district and Belton Police Department will pursue; other interventions and supports will be enacted to assist the student and family as needed.
Naturally, we do not want our students to reach this point of intervention for attendance. If you have special circumstances, please talk with the building principal early rather than waiting until attendance is at a crisis level for your child.
- All absences for illness must include a doctor’s note to be excused.
- COVID-19 related absences (as of July 2020)
- Contact the building principal for more information.
- Considerations and accommodations may be made when COVID-19 related absences occur.
- Review the complete COVID-19 exclusion from school guidelines from our Return to School plan.
- Acceptable absences (listed above) may be excused if accompanied by documentation.
- All absences not covered above are considered unexcused.
- When children reach five (5) days, eight (8) days and eleven (11) days of excused and/or unexcused absences, a note from the school district will be sent to the family.
- When a student reaches 8 days of unexcused absences, documentation will be given to the School Resource Police Officer, and they will make direct contact with the family.
- When a student reaches 11 unexcused absences, a citation will be written by the Belton Police Department, and the student’s parents will be required to appear in Municipal Court. (See City Ordinance Section 15-289, Truancy)
- If a student continues to accrue absences, parents/guardians will continue to get ticketed at 16, 21, and 26, etc. unexcused absences.
- Secondary students grades 9 - 12 may lose credit for courses if they do not meet the minimum attendance requirement. See the school handbook for additional details.
- If a student accumulates more than 11 absences, additional actions will be taken including the possibility of Education Court with the Juvenile Office.