Notice for Parents on Changes in Absenteeism

The educational program offered by Constellation Schools is predicated upon both the presence and punctuality of the student and requires continuity of instruction and classroom participation. Missing too many days or arriving after the start of the school day has long-term, negative effects, including lower academic achievement for your child. All students enrolled in Constellation Schools must attend school regularly in accordance with the laws of the state of Ohio. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, several changes take effect that impact how your child’s attendance is recorded at school.

Prior to or upon your child’s return to school, you shall provide to the school an explanation of the cause for absence. Failure to provide an explanation of the cause of absence shall result in an unexcused absence. The Principal or his/her designee shall determine whether the provided explanation of the cause of absence justifies excusing the absence in accordance with the terms of the school’s policy. The Principal or his/her designee reserves the right to verify any such explanation of the cause of absence and to investigate the cause of each individual absence as deemed appropriate.

UPDATED DEFINITIONS OF TRUANCY AND EXCESSIVE ABSENCES
The definition of ‘habitual truant’ has been changed from days to hours. The new definition guidelines for a ‘habitual truant’ student are:
a. Absent 30 or more consecutive hours without a legitimate excuse;
b. Absent 42 or more hours in one school month without a legitimate excuse;
c. Absent 72 or more hours in one school year without a legitimate excuse.

Legitimate excuses for the absence of a student otherwise habitually truant include but not limited to:
1. The student was enrolled in another school;
2. The student’s absence was excused in accordance with applicable law or policy; or,
3. The student has received an age and schooling certificate.

The definition of ‘excessive absences’ for a student are defined as:
a. Absent 38 or more hours in one school month with or without a legitimate excuse;
b. Absent 65 or more hours in one school year with or without a legitimate excuse.