The following are commonly asked questions regarding Attendance (ALAs) and Test Exemption policies.


Questions
1)  Why did my student not receive credit on his report card even though he earned a passing grade in the course?
2)  Is there a difference between ALAs and D-halls?
3)  Are attendance rules different for Test Exemption purposes as opposed to ALA policies?
 
Answers
1)  Q Why did my student not receive credit on his report card even though he earned a passing grade in the course?
A

Students are allowed 5 days of absences (excused or unexcused) in each class, each trimester.  Students who exceed the 5 day limit may not receive course credit in the course where the limit was exceeded.  In order to regain credit for this course, a student must make up the excessive absence time by attending ALAs (Alternative Learning Activities).  These ALAs should be completed before the end of the respective trimester.  If the student determines that there is not enough time left in the trimester to complete his ALAs, he should contact his assistance principal immediately. 

ALA opportunities are available on Saturdays from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. and from 4:15 pm to 6:15 pm. on Tuesday and Thursday. Students are required to bring their school ID card and enough school work to keep him busy for 2 hours. 

2)  Q Is there a difference between ALAs and D-halls?
A

Yes.  ALAs count toward make-up time for excessive absences.  D-halls are disciplinary actions.  Students may earn an ALA and a D-hall on one office referral.  For example, if a student already has 5 absences in a class and he cuts the same class, he will be assigned a D-hall for a class cut and he will also have to make up ALA time due to exceeding the 5 day absence limit.

3)  Q Are attendance rules different for Test Exemption purposes as opposed to ALA policies?
A

Yes.  All absences except religious holidays count against test exemptions.  A single period absence counts the same as an all day absence and the student will lose an exemption ticket.  In addition, the 4th tardy to a class and every 3rd tardy thereafter, counts as an absence and the student will lose an exemption ticket. 

Please refer to the Student or Parent handbook to review the number of exemptions a student may earn depending upon the number of absences he accumulates.

For ALA purposes only, doctor's appointments, absences covered with a doctor's note, and absences due to court appearances do not count for ALA purposes.  Religious holidays do not count for ALA purposes.