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Jennifer Gill, Superintendent
1900 West Monroe Street
Springfield, IL 62704
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Attendance Policy

August 25, 1998

Academic progress is improved by regular school attendance. Illinois State Law requires those children between the ages of 7 and 16 to attend school regularly.

When a student is absent, a parent should call the school between 7:30 and 9:00 a.m. If no phone call is made, the school will attempt to contact the parent or guardian. If no phone contact is made, the student must bring a written excuse signed by a parent or guardian. If no contact is made between the parent and the school, the absence will be unexcused.

Absences are excused for:

1. Illness of a student

2. Death in the family or of a close friend

3. Critical illness of a near relative (mother, father, brother, sister, grandparent or corresponding step relation).

4. Dental or medical appointment when prior arrangements have been made

5. Absence due to a bus problem beyond student's control

6. Family trips where parents accompany students.

Absences are unexcused for:

1. Running errands for the family

2. Staying home to care for younger children

3. Working at or away from home

4. Visiting friends or relatives without parents or guardians.

5. Shopping with parents

6. Minor aches and pains (persistence may indicate a more serious problem)

7. Ordinary weather hazards

8. Mechanical failure when parents assume responsibility for transportation or missing the bus are both unexcused absences.

Absences: Pre-planned (excused)

Springfield District #186 strongly discourages vacations during the course of the school year. If a student is aware that he or she is going to be out of school prior to the day of the absence, the principal or secretary should be notified. The policy for taking work prior to the pre-planned absence or making this work up upon return is up to the discretion of the building principal. Parents are responsible for making contact with the principal prior to this pre-planned absence to discuss these educational issues.

Suspension from School:

Suspension from school is considered an excused absence. For specific information on procedures relative to student work during a suspension, please see page 52 of the Information and Discipline Handbook for Students.


Truancy is missing school for an unacceptable reason. Parents of truant students will be notified. Truant students, along with their parents, will be referred to the county Truancy Review Board. Continued truancy may result in fines, jail terms or loss of welfare benefits.