BACC ATTENDANCE POLICY

 The Branch Area Careers Center places a high priority on attendance.  The attendance pattern a student establishes at the center sets a pattern for his/her employment or continuing education after graduation from high school.

To benefit from the primary purpose of the school experience, it is essential students maintain regular and punctual daily attendance.  Attendance in a Career and Technology Education Program at the BACC will affect grades earned by students.  The purpose of the attendance policy is to help students develop regular and punctual attendance in order to maintain academic standards for earning credit.

Regular attendance is expected. It enables a student to hear and participate in class instruction, discussion and lab experiences.  Such experiences cannot be developed at home or when frequently late.

Parents/Guardians can view your student’s attendance information on Skyward Family Student Access.  Please call the BACC Attendance Office at 279-5700 for access information.  Please note that this account is separate from the local school’s accounts.

Definition of an Absence

Absences are divided into two categories: Excused and Unexcused.

  • Excused absences are defined as absences that are school sanctioned such as School Related Releases, college visits that are pre-arranged with your sending school, and suspensions. Other absences that are considered excused include documented…
    • doctor’s appointments/can include Tele-Health Clinic visits
    • hospitalization
    • funerals
    • courts appointments
    • religious activities or holidays.
  • Unexcused absences are all other absences.

Definition of a Tardy

Tardies are divided into two categories: Excused and Unexcused.

  • Excused tardies are defined as absences that are school sanctioned such as School Related Releases, college visits that are pre-arranged with your sending school, and suspensions. Other absences that are considered excused include documented…
    • doctor’s appointments/can include Tele-Health Clinic visits
    • hospitalization
    • funerals
    • courts appointments
    • religious activities or holidays.
  • Unexcused tardies are all other tardies.

A tardy is recorded anytime a student arrives 30 minutes or less late to class or leaves class 30 minutes or less early from class.  After 30 minutes, an absence will be recorded. A tardy which includes appropriate documentation will not count toward accumulated tardies for credit reduction.   The total of three (3) unexcused tardies equals on (1) unexcused absence.

Absence Procedure

To incorporate employability skills, students are required to call in and report the absence to the teacher.  The teacher will note the call-in and adjust the student’s employability skill grade for the day. The teacher will provide a phone contact number.  Written documentation is required upon students’ return to the BACC or the absence will be noted as unexcused.

Advanced notification and documentation are recommended when possible for vacations and personal business.  All documented absences, noted under definition of an absence, will be considered excused and will not count toward the cumulative total of absences for a semester/trimester/term. All undocumented absences will count towards credit reduction as noted below:

Documentation

Written documentation for days not in attendance must be provided within 24 hours of return, and given to the Attendance Staff, located in the Main Office.  The documentation will be placed in the student’s file. Written documentation is a statement from a medical office, funeral, court or other professional source.  Examples of proper documentation include professional appointment/notes (medical, Tele-Health Clinic, court appearance), funeral cards.  Parent’s verbal confirmation without proper written documentation will be considered an unexcused absence.

Attendance Intervention Protocol

Students with excessive absences are advised that these absences could lead to the inability to earn full credit, and referred to the BACC counselors.

Parents will receive an automated phone call for each student absence.  Please call the BACC Attendance Secretary at 279-5700 if you are not receiving these calls.

Parent/Guardian will receive attendance letters on the 2nd, 4th and 5th unexcused absence as well as an automated call to the student’s parent or guardian when a student is absent.

When a student has obtained 1 to 2 unexcused absences, the teacher will advise the student of the number of absences and encourage the student to provide documentation and attend school and will document in Skyward.

When a student has obtained 3 unexcused absences, the teacher will discuss the absences/tardies with student of the number of absences, encourage documentation, contact parents and will document in Skyward.

When a student has obtained 4 unexcused absences, their counselor or BACC attendance office will contact student and parent/guardian and discuss the BACC Attendance Policy.  BACC counselors will also contact the home school counselor.

When a student has obtained 6 unexcused absences, Parent/guardian will receive a letter that   will recommend reduced credit earned for that semester.

Make Up Time for Unexcused Absences

Make up time for unexcused absences are minute for minute (1 session equals 2 ½ hours). The make-up work will be determined by the teacher and can consist of work missed during the unexcused days or consist of employability skill course work through the “Applied Educational Systems” online coursework with an end of course assessment. The BACC will offer 2.5-hour make-up sessions after school (2:35 pm – 3:05 pm) as needed throughout the school year.

In-County Schools Out – of - County Schools
Amount of Unexcused Absences Adjusted Earned Credit Amount of Unexcused Absences Adjusted Earned Credit
6 – 8 absences 1 credit 6 – 8 absences 1 credit
9 – 11 absences .5 credit 9 – 11 absences .5 credit
12 and more absences 0 credits 12 and more absences 0 credits

 

Early Dismissal

Students wishing to be excused early from his/ her class must check out with the BACC's Main Office. If the student is gone more than 30 minutes without appropriate documentation, it will be marked as an unexcused absence; less than 30 minutes without appropriate documentation will be marked as an unexcused tardy.

Dismissal requires direct approval of the student’s parent or guardian.