Regular attendance by all students of the Lakota Local School District is very important. Students that have irregular attendance tend to have poor academic success. For this reason it is important that parents and students make every effort possible to make appointments and personal business outside of school hours. Situations may arise that cause a student to miss part of all of the school day. A student is considered EXCUSED for the following reasons:
- Personal Illness
- Illness in the family
- Death of a Relative
- Quarantine of the Home
- Work at home due to the absence of parents or guardians
- Religious Reasons
- Emergency reasons that must be considered to have good and sufficient cause for absence (court appearance, suspensions, etc.)
A student is considered truant if he or she is absent or tardy from school without a legitimate excuse. UNEXCUSED absences include but are not limited to:
- No parent Note or Excuse Offered
The State of Ohio has passed legislation regarding school attendance (Senate Bill 181).
The student with five or more unexcused absences on consecutive school days, or seven or more unexcused absences in one school month, or 12 or more unexcused absences in one school year, may be considered "habitual" truant, under Section 3321.191 of the Ohio Revised Code. A student with seven or more unexcused absences on consecutive school days or 10 or more unexcused absences in one school month, or 15 or more unexcused absences in one school year, may be considered a "Chronic" truant, under Section 3321.191 of the Ohio Revised Code. *In the case of either "habitual" or "chronic" truants, the Lakota Local School District Board of Education may:
- assign the student to an alternative school
- require the student to participate in a truancy prevention program
- require the student to receive appropriate counseling
- require the parent, guardian or other persons having care of the student to attend a parental involvement program under Section 3313.472 or 3312.63 of the Ohio Revised Code
- require the parent, guardian, or other persons having care of the student to attend a truancy prevention mediation program
- notify the Registrar of Motor Vehicles of a habitual truant under Section 3321.13 of the Ohio Revised Code
- take legal action under Section 2919.222, 3321.20, or 3321.38 of the Ohio Revised Code
Students who are "habitual" or "chronic" truants may receive citation to to the appropriate court.
Students are excused from school to participate in family vacations. The procedure for requesting a vacation from is:
Students may not be absent during final examination unless a physician's statement (or appropriate documentation for other absences) is presented to an administrator. Make up exams will be scheduled for those students only. NO FINAL EXAMS WILL BE GIVEN EARLY. First, second, and third quarter exam make-ups must be completed within 10 school days. Fourth quarter exam make-ups are done by appointment only and must be completed prior to the Fall semester.
- Present a written request for family vacation to the attendance office at least three (3) days prior to the vacation. This request must include the dates you intend to be absent, parent signature, and phone number where parent may be reached to confirm request.
- Family vacations must be approved prior to the absence. Failure to follow proper notification procedures may result in the absence being unexcused.
- Students who are 18 or older are required to comply with this same process and may not present request written or signed by themselves.