PTHS Student Handbook 2022-2023

State law requires every school district to collect and review its chronic absence data and determine what systems of support and resources are needed to engage chronically absent students and their families to encourage the habit of daily attendance and promote success. This review must include an analysis of chronic absence data from each attendance center. Furthermore, State law provides that school districts are encouraged to provide a system of support to students who are at risk of reaching or exceeding chronic absence levels with strategies and are also encouraged to make resources available to families such as those available through the State Board of Education’s Family Engagement Framework to support and engage students and their families to encourage heightened school engagement and improved daily school attendance.

“Chronic absence” means absences that total 10% or more of school days of the most recent academic school year, including absences with and without valid cause, and out-of-school suspensions.

The School and District use the following diagnostic procedures for identifying the causes of unexcused student absences: Interviews with the student, his or her parent/guardian and any school officials who may have information about the reasons for the student’s attendance problems.

Supportive services to truant or chronically truant students include: parent conferences, student counseling, family counseling, and information about existing community services.

TARDINESS TO SCHOOL (PER YEAR) 1. If students are not in their first hour class at 7:55 a.m., they must check in at the main office before reporting to any class. Students will be given a Tardy Slip to be presented to their first hour teacher. 2. Unexcused tardiness or failure to check in the main office when students are tardy will result in consequences similar to those given for unexcused absences. TARDINESS TO CLASS (PER SEMESTER) Tardiness to class is unexcused unless students present, when they arrive, a hall pass that indicates that they were detained by another teacher. Nearly all tardiness is a result of failing to use the most direct route, walking or talking with friends, or attempting to take care of school or personal business rather than reporting to class on time. The five minute passing period is sufficient time to travel from one class to another. Students are not to return to a previous class or to the office for a hall pass.

Consequences for unexcused tardiness are described below. ● 1st Tardy Teacher records tardy - Warning ● 2nd Tardy Teacher records tardy - One (1) room detention assigned.

● 3rd Tardy Teacher records tardy - One (1) room detention assigned, and parents are contacted. ● 4th Tardy Teacher records tardy - Teacher will refer the student to the administration for consequences and parents are contacted.

Students who exceed the stated number of tardies will be handled on an individual basis.

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