Regular Attendance Program


Effective July 2011 Chronic Truancy was changed from (18) unexcused absences in 180 regular school days to (9) unexcused absences in 180 regular school days. That means that unexcused absences follow students from one school year in to the next school year.

At (5) unexcused absences your student will be referred to the Regular Attendance Program with the Regional Office of Education. The school will first send a warning letter at 3-4 unexcused absences. IF your student is referred to the Regular Attendance Program….DO NOT PANIC! The Regular Attendance Program is a prevention program to assist your family on getting the student’s attendance back on track. The Regular Attendance Program is offered in grades K – 8.

The Chronic Truancy Program becomes involved with students who have (9) unexcused absences. This program involves a corrective plan. If the student continues to miss school a petition is filed by the States Attorney’s Office. Both parents and the student may be prosecuted and sanctioned.


Tips for Improving Your Student’s School Attendance


Make education a priority. Discuss going to college as a real possibility.

  1. Help your student develop good study habits. Set aside a certain time that student is expected to complete homework assignments.
  2. Have a special place where the student can study. This place needs to be quiet and well lit. Have an organized area with pens and pencils.
  3. Give or get your child help with subjects they are struggling in at school. Ask your student’s teacher for help.
  4. Encourage your child to develop and achieve academic goals. Ask them about future plans. Research scholarships and financial aid well ahead of time for college entry.
  5. Keep track of your child’s attendance. Contact the school for assignments if your child has missed due to illness or family issues.
  6. Explain to your child the consequences of poor attendance or dropping out. Make them aware that a poor choice can affect the rest of their life.
  7. Help build your child’s self esteem. Tell them often about their strengths and work with them to conquer their weaknesses.
  8. Make it a point to meet their teachers. These people know a lot about how to assist your child with their academic needs.
  9. Know your child’s friends and classmates. They have a BIG influence on your child. Take time to be interested in their friends.
  10. Talk to your child about school topics. Brainstorm ideas on school projects. Find out what is going on with classes and assignments.
  11. Help your child gain confidence by encouraging them to develop interests in school sponsored activities. Keep them busy with positive interests.
  12. Get involved with other parents by volunteering for PTA, school field trips, or sport’s booster clubs! This is a great way to keep in touch with your child and to meet people with common interests…their children.



“Just how important is it for ME to stay in school?”

  • You will earn more money! Studies show that high school graduates earn 42% more than drop outs.
  •  Finding a job is easier! You are less likely to be unemployed if you graduate

high school.

  •  High school graduates are:

Less likely to live at home after school.

More likely to own their own car.

Less likely to need public assistance – another words – you EARN WHAT YOU LEARN!

  •   High school graduates are less likely to become prison inmates.       Statistics

tell us that 68% of prisoners are high school drop outs.



Your choices about school attendance NOW may

determine how well you live for the rest of your life.


  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Eat a good breakfast.
  • Listen in class and take notes.
  • Study and be prepared for your classes.
  • Keep a calendar to remind you of deadlines and test dates.
  • Get involved with school activities.
  • Have a mentor: find a teacher or classmate that you can go to for good advice.
  • BE YOUR OWN BEST FRIEND! Take good care of yourself and make good choices! If you find this is a problem seek out assistance with a counselor.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Heather Dunmyer - Chronic Truancy - 618-327-8322

Kathy Donnelly - Regular Attendance Program - 618-533-3935