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We encourage good attendance to promote continuity of instruction and maximize learning opportunities. Thank you for ensuring that your students are in school as much as possible and consequently communicating to them that you value their education. If attendance issues are addressed in elementary school, their chances of future success in secondary school increase significantly.
* Inasmuch as the District attendance policies are being updated, additional information about these policies will be sent out to parents near the beginning of the school year. These policies will be included as part of this code of conduct.
- Valid excuses include illness, family death, and approved school activities.
- Illness absences will be excused by a phone call or signed note from parents within 48 hours of returning to school or by providing medical verification from the doctor.
- The child is responsible for work missed resulting from any absence, excused or unexcused.
- Educational leave form must be completed prior to the trip. Forms can be picked up and turned into the office, prior to the trip.
Attendance codes on Skyward:
E Excused absence —Valid excuses are listed above under GUIDELINES.
A Absent and we don’t know why (no parent contact)
V Vacation/educational leave (max 10 days per year)
G Absent for an excuse not meeting guidelines and parent is aware and/or was contacted.
I/O Checked in or out by a parent (with a valid and verified excuse)
Q Parent sent note excusing the child
DISTRICT GUIDELINES FOR ATTENDANCE
Excessive Absences: Average of one or more absence per week for five or more weeks.
Excessive Tardies: Four or more tardies in a two-week period.
Action Taken to Promote Regular Attendance & Reduce Unexcused Absences and Tardies:
- Thank you letters home to parents who have no unexcused absences on a quarterly basis.
Action Taken to Improve Poor Attendance:
- The Compulsory Education letter is part of the online student registration.
- After 5 unexcused absences, a letter from the principal will be sent home reminding parents of the attendance policy.
- After 10 unexcused absences, a letter will be sent home and a meeting with the administration will be scheduled to discuss attendance issues and offer appropriate interventions (e.g. truancy school for 5th-6th, district intake, attendance contract, etc.)
- After 15 unexcused absences, a certified letter will be sent home informing the parent that a juvenile court referral will be made, as per state code 53a-11-101.
Excused Absence/Tardy Requirements
- Illness – A note to the teacher or office is required.
- Doctor Appointments – A note from the physician’s office is required. Please turn notes into the office as soon as possible.
- Family Emergency – A note is required upon arrival at school.
- Educational Leave – Each student is granted a total of ten educational leave days. These days may be used at the discretion of the parent. Forms are available in the office and need to be completed one week prior to the educational leave. This paperwork must be completed if a student is going to miss three or more consecutive days.
PLEASE NOTIFY THE SCHOOL OF ANY EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES AFFECTING STUDENT ATTENDANCE. IT IS OUR GOAL TO WORK TOGETHER TO TRY AND RESOLVE CONCERNS.
If a student needs to use the restroom outside of recess or lunchtime, they may notify the teacher and the teacher will allow the student to go to the restroom. At times, students use the restroom as an excuse to avoid work in class. If a teacher suspects this behavior, the teacher will contact parents to resolve the concern.
Students must walk their bikes/scooters and carry skateboards when on school property. The student is responsible for securing their ride in the bike rack. We would prefer to keep all scooters out of the building, in rare circumstances they may be carried inside. Lost or stolen bicycles, scooters and/or skateboards are not the responsibility of the school or school personnel. Bikes should not be chained to the fence near the stairs or on the West side of the school property.
Oakcrest Elementary School is a “closed campus”. Students are to remain on campus throughout the school day unless they have been properly checked out of school according to procedures outlined above. Under no circumstances may a student leave school without permission from the office.
- Clothing should be clean, neat, and in proper repair (no holes).
- No bare shoulders, bare midriff tops, or tank tops.
- Footwear should be designed for active outdoor play.
- Hats are not to be worn in the building.
- Gang-related clothing of any kind is not allowed.
- T-shirts depicting violence, use of drugs, alcohol, or other inappropriate slogans are not allowed.
Students in Utah are entitled to a Free and Appropriate Public Education. Some teachers provide supply lists to parents for classroom items (Kleenex, hand sanitizer, etc.). Participation in providing these items is optional.
Jordan School District is not responsible for any personal property that is lost, stolen or vandalized. We ask that students utilize the playground equipment provided by the school. Personal equipment i.e. baseballs, bats, lacrosse equipment, etc. should be left at home. Cell phone use during school hours is not allowed. Toys or distracting items should not be brought to school
Each classroom is equipped with an audio enhancement system, iPad, Apple TV, and an LCD projector. This equipment is used to enhance learning through graphics, video projection through iPads or laptop computers. Students have access to our school computer lab and multiple mobile laptop labs throughout the school. Each student has a chrome book in grades 3-6. We are always working to find ways to improve learning through and increase student access to technology
TELEPHONES/ CELL PHONES
The office telephone is a business phone and should be used by students for emergencies only. Parents should not call students at school except in emergencies. After school arrangements should be made by families prior to the school day beginning to alleviate an inordinate amount of calls being answered and made by students at the end of the school
day. Students are welcome to use their cell phones before or after school. Cell phones may not be used or displayed during the school day. Lost or stolen cell phones are not the responsibility of the school or school personnel.