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Students, parents, and patrons the second semester is almost here as Christmas break is soon coming to an end. I look forward to having staff back on January 4th with in-service designated for school redesign as we focus on how schools are changing to meet students needs today. Below I would like to highlight two items as we start the second semester as we received many questions about attendance letters that have been sent out. 

Attendance Rules and Procedures: Students are expected to be present and punctual for all classes throughout the year. The responsibility of school attendance is with the student and his/her parents. When a student is absent, it is the responsibility of the parents to call the office on the day of the absence. The call should be made before 9:00 a.m. Absences not excused within 24 hours will no longer be eligible to be excused. The office is open at 7:45 a.m. Any student who checks into school after 8:00 a.m. must first report to the office and receive an admit slip. Any student who is counted absent for first hour will be presumed absent for the entire day if they do not sign in at the office and get an admit slip. Students must have parent/guardian permission to leave school early, either by a phone call or note. Students must check out through the office. 

If the absence is excused, daily work can be made up for credit. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate the make up work immediately upon return to each class. The classroom teacher will determine the make up work. Students who miss school because of an unexcused absence will not be given credit. The school will determine whether the absence is excused or unexcused. Kansas Law and USD #330 will accept only the following as valid reasons for excusing an absence: 

1. Illness (For a long term illness [verified in writing by a doctor] upon the student’s return to school. A long term illness is any time a student misses 5 consecutive days )

 2. Appointment for medical treatment (An appointment card must accompany the student upon return and be given to the office.) 

3. A family crisis. 

4. Extended absences of the student when expressly requested by the parents or guardian and prior arrangements have been made in preparation of the absence. 

Excessive Absence Policy: When a student has been absent five or more times in a semester (excused or unexcused) the parents will be notified in writing of the absences. School administration may request a meeting with the parents to discuss concerns about absenteeism and may request a note from a licensed physician when absences are due to illnesses.

 Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding Mission Valley Elementary. 

Thanks,  Brett Fenton -- bfenton@mv330.org