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Absences and Tardiness

This information comes from the 2019-20 Schools of 58 Parent Handbook

To report absences, please call your child’s school office. A 24-hour answering system is available to receive calls. Whenever a child is absent from school, parents are required to call the child’s school. Parents are asked to report all student absences to the office prior to the start of the school day.

Regular student attendance is critical to successful student achievement. Research indicates that student attendance is highly correlated with success in school. Time missed from the classroom where students and teachers interact can never truly be made up, even by doing makeup work. District 58 has developed the following attendance policies and procedures to emphasize the necessity for students to be in attendance at school where they can maximize their learning opportunities. Ensuring regular school attendance requires a cooperative effort by the parent(s) or guardian(s) and school personnel.

Illness – When determining if your child should remain home from school due to an illness, the District asks that you follow the recommendations of the DuPage County Health Department, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For example, your child should stay home if he or she has experienced the following symptoms within the past 24 hours: vomiting, diarrhea or a fever greater than 100. Your child may return to school if he or she has been symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

Tardies – In accordance with Illinois State Board of Education requirements, any absence of 30 minutes or longer is recorded as a minimum of a half-day absence. Appropriate procedures are followed in all schools for chronic tardiness.

Vacations – The District asks parents to schedule vacations during normal school holidays and break periods. In the event of an unavoidable family trip over school attendance days, every effort will be made to provide work for students to make up. Parents should contact their child’s principal to make these arrangements.

Family Emergencies/Religious Holidays – Students who are absent from school due to a family emergency or the observance of a religious holiday will be given an equal opportunity to make up any school work requirements missed due to the absence.

Unexcused Absences – An absence without valid cause (such as those described above), class cut, or an absence without a parent or guardian telephone call to the school office verifying the absence will be considered unexcused.

Chronic Truancy/Absenteeism – In keeping with Illinois School Code and state legislation, any student who misses 5 percent or more of the school year without valid cause is considered chronically truant by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).  This means a student who has eight or more unexcused absences within a school year is considered to be chronically truant. District 58 will work to support  the families of students who are chronically truant in an effort to prevent recurring unexcused absences.   

A student is considered chronically absent by ISBE if they miss 10 percent or more of the school year regardless of whether absences are excused or unexcused. A student missing more than 17 days in a school year for any reason will be considered chronically absent. Exceptions include only student hospitalizations and deaths in the immediate family.

Student absences are reported on each student’s report card and are maintained within each student’s permanent record. A school’s chronic absenteeism rate also is factored into the school’s overall ISBE school rating.