Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy

Utah International students must attend school every day unless they are ill.  Parents are strongly urged to schedule appointments outside of school hours and plan family vacations to coincide with school breaks.  If a student has an appointment during school hours, he or she should attend school before or after the appointment.

Excused Absences

If a student is ill or otherwise unable to attend school, a parent should call the school by 9 AM.  If we do not see a student or receive a phone call by 9 AM, we will call the first contact number and leave a message.  The student’s absence is UNEXCUSED until and unless we receive a phone call or note from the parent excusing the absence.   Each teacher will have policies for accepting late work from students with an excused absence.

Checking In and Out

Students must check in at the office if they arrive at school more than 5 minutes late.  Late check-ins count as unexcused tardies or absences unless accompanied by a valid note or phone call from a parent or guardian.  In order to leave school before 3:10 PM, students must check out at the office.  Students are not allowed to leave the building before 3:10 without a note, phone call, or in-person sign-out  from a parent or guardian.

 Excessive Excused Absences

A portion of the grade in a class may be based on attendance and participation.   This means that missing more than three classes in a quarter, for any reason, may damage the student’s grade.   Tardies and early checkouts, even if excused, may also damage a student’s grade.  Teachers will set their own policies for attendance and participation.

 Unexcused Absences

A student is sluffing if he or she misses a class without the knowledge or permission of staff or parents.   Parents will be notified  and other consequences may be assigned.  Students will not get grade credit for work completed or collected while the student was sluffing.

Students who refuse to attend school (with or without parent knowledge)  or leave the building during the school day without checking out properly are truant.   Parents will be notified, consequences may be assigned, and the student will not get grade credit for work completed or collected while he or she was truant.

 Habitual Truancy

The school will send a truancy citation via US mail to students who are truant for more than five school days.  The school will send a second truancy citation to students who are truant for more than 10 days.   A student who is truant after a second truancy citation will be referred to the juvenile court.  A student who is truant for 10 consecutive days must also be removed from the school’s Student Information System.

Students who withdraw from Utah International Charter School and do not enroll in another school within 10 days may also be referred to juvenile court.

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