POLICY: Orange County Policy on Truancy

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Attendance/Truancy Protocol

It is the policy of the school district to set high expectations for consistent student school attendance in accordance with Vermont law in order to facilitate and enhance student learning.

In accordance with 16 V.S.A. § 1121, Act 44, Section 46 (Truancy), and Vermont Department of Education guidelines (March 23 rd, 2010 Memorandum), Truancy is defined as a student who is subject to compulsory attendance and who is absent without valid cause or excuse for ten days.

Valid causes for absences include illness, observance of religious holiday, death in the family, family emergency, situations beyond the student’s control as determined by the superintendent (or designee), or other circumstances which cause reasonable concern to the parent or guardian for the health or safety of the student and are confirmed in writing or verbally by the parent or guardian to the student.

The school districts of Orange County shall follow the attached procedures upon implementation of this policy. The Principal is responsible for maintaining accurate and up-to-date records of student attendance. The Principal is also responsible for assuring the school has the appropriate family information that allows the school to contact parent(s) or guardian(s) of all students whenever necessary.

Orange Southwest Supervisory Union Warned (9/13/10) Adopted (10/11/10)
Braintree Elementary School Warned (10/20/10) Adopted (11/17/10)
Brookfield Elementary School Warned (10/12/10) Adopted (11/9/10)
Randolph Elementary School Warned (10/11/10) Adopted (11/18/10)
Randolph Union High School Warned (10/11/10) Adopted (11/10/10)
Legal Reference(s): 16 V.S.A.§ 1121 (Act 44, Section 46)
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