Parents are required to call the school's phone number (located on the front page of each school) and press "2" to reach the absentee line prior to 8:30 a.m.
The Board requires that school-aged students enrolled in the schools of this district attend school regularly in accordance with the laws of the state. The educational program offered by the district is predicated upon the presence of the student and requires continuity of instruction and classroom participation.
Reporting a Student's Absence
Parents are required to report a child's absence prior to 8:30 a.m. The phone call must be followed with a written excuse from a parent/guardian submitted within three school days after the last day of absence. At any time that the school is unaware of a reason for a child's absence, a call may be made to the home to verify the child's absence. If a student is absent, arrangements can be made via voice mail to secure assignments for the student. These assignments can be picked up in the office at the end of the day. Absence notes must be turned into the student's homeroom teacher. Failure to provide a written excuse for absences will result in the student receiving an unexcused absence, which further results in disciplinary consequences and possible fines. If a student is absent three (3) days consecutively, he/she must present a physician's note upon return to school.
You can now send an emailed message to your child’s building attendance secretary with your written excuse of why he/she was absent. If you use this system, you no longer need to send a handwritten note in with your student when he/she returns to school following an absence. Each building's attendance email address is located on the school's website underneath the building contact information. In your email, please include YOUR CHILD'S FULL NAME, DATE OF ABSENCE, REASON FOR ABSENCE, AND PARENT FULL NAME. If a doctor’s note is required due to the length of or accumulation of absences, you can attach a scanned copy to your email or have your child submit the original when he/she returns. Please note that emails will only be accepted from the email address you have provided in your child's Skyward account. Additionally, this email system is not to be used for student tardiness parent reporting or parent notifying district of picking up a child who is currently in attendance at school.
Compulsory school attendance is enforced in Exeter Township School District. Compulsory attendance laws require all students to attend school unless authorized to be exempt. Each student of compulsory school age must be in attendance every day that school is in session.
Upon written request from a parent or guardian, the principal or designee may excuse a student's absence from school for the following reasons:
1. Illness or recovery from an accident.
3. Required court appearance.
4. Death in the family.
Students may be excused from school attendance to participate in nonschool district sponsored educational trips. To be eligible under this section, the student's parent/guardian must make written application on the form provided by the district at least five (5) days prior to the trip. The principal will review the form, the student's attendance record, and teacher recommendations. When appropriate, the principal will give permission for such trips. Approval will be based on the student's attendance record, the student's previous trips, the educational value of the trip and teacher recommendations. Decisions of the principal may be appealed to the Superintendent or designee.
No Student may spend more than a total of five (5) school days on approved educational trips in any given school year unless approved by the Superintendent or designee. Failure to get pre-approval for an educational trip may result in the absences for the trip being declared unexcused and, where appropriate, unlawful.
The student is expected to make up classroom work missed while absent. Failure of the student to complete make-up work may result in an incomplete for the grading period during which the trip was taken. The student may also be required to provide the building principal a written account describing what was learned during the educational trip. The written account must be at least one (1) page in length. Failure to provide the written account, when requested, within five (5) days of returning to school will result in the absence being declared unexcused or unlawful. For elementary students who are unable to provide such written statements, an oral statement or discussion with the teacher or the principal may be used.
Excused Absences for Temporary Periods
The following are reasons for excused absences:
- Religious holidays - observed by bona fide religious groups when requested in writing by the parents stating the name and date of the holiday.
- Religious instruction - provided by bona fide religious groups for a maximum of thirty-six (36) hours per year when requested in writing by the parents.
- A student participating in a project sponsored by a statewide or countywide 4-H, FFA, or combined 4-H and FFA group upon written request submitted at least five (5) days prior to the event.
- Medical, dental, or other health care appointments when requested in writing by the parents and/or verified by the practitioner. Such excuse shall be granted when:
- The health or therapeutic services are to be rendered by licensed practitioners.
- It is not practical or possible for the student to receive the services outside of school hours.
- The time of necessary absence from school involves a minimum of interference with the student's regular program of studies.
The official Exeter Township School District Attendance Policy is located for review on the BoardDocs Schoolboard Policy site