Attendance Reminder

As illness season hits, please be mindful of the attendance policies listed in the Parent/Scholar Handbook.

Haas Hall Academy Attendance Policies

Arrival
All scholars are expected to be inside the school building by 7:50 a.m. School entrance doors lock
at 7:50 a.m. If a scholar is not present by 7:50 a.m. they will be considered tardy. All scholars must
be in their first period classroom by 7:55 a.m. Classes begin promptly at 8:00 a.m.

Mandatory Attendance
All children who are ages five (5) through seventeen (17) on or by August 1 are required to be in
school that school year with the exception of five-year-old children for whom kindergarten has
been waived by the parent, guardian, or person having custody or charge; scholars who have
received a high school diploma or its equivalent; or scholars who are enrolled in a postsecondary
vocational-technical institution, a community college, or a two-year or four-year institution of
higher education.

Minimum Days of Attendance
State law requires compulsory school attendance of children between the ages of 5-17, inclusive.
After a scholar has exceeded four (4) absences per semester, a determination will be made as to
whether to deny credit. Factors to be considered will include reasons for the excessive
absenteeism, previous attendance habits, input from the scholar’s classroom teachers, and
academic performance at school. When scholars exceed the number of absences as defined in the
district’s attendance policy, the scholars’ parents, guardians, or parents in loco parentis shall be
subject to a civil penalty not to exceed .five hundred dollars ($500.00) plus costs of court and any
reasonable fees assessed by the court
Scholars who exceed five (5) absences per semester may be turned over to the proper authorities.

Attendance Procedures
When scholars and parents know ahead of time that a scholar will be absent the parent should
notify the office of the appropriate Headmaster in writing for any make-up work. All parents are
responsible to contact faculty by email for missed assignments by 8:30 a.m. on the day of the
absence. Emails from scholars will not suffice as an indicator of a school absence as such email
will be disregarded. Notification of all suspensions from school will be given to the parents,
guardians or persons in loco parentis as follows:
 By telephone, if a telephone is available and a parent, guardian or persons in loco
parentis can be contacted;
 A note shall follow the telephone call to the parent, guardian or person in loco parentis
along with a copy filed in the Headmaster’s office;
 When a scholar leaves the campus for any reason, he/she needs to sign out in the front
office.

Definition of Absence
“Absence” means a scholar was not present at a roll call or during some portion of the school
day.
• If a scholar is absent four (4) times from any class during a semester, the Headmaster
may decide to not excuse any more absences from that class;
• The Superintendent may deny academic credit on the basis of four (4) absences per
semester.

WHEN SCHOLARS ARE ABSENT FROM SCHOOL AND THE APPROPRIATE
HEADMASTER’S OFFICE HAS NOT BEEN NOTIFIED PRIOR TO THE ABSENCE, EITHER
THE HEADMASTER OR HIS/HER DESIGNEE WILL MAKE CALLS TO CHECK ON THE
SCHOLARS’ REASONS FOR BEING ABSENT.
Consequences:
• Documented contact and conference with parental/guardian or persons in loco parentis;
 Possible denial of academic credit for the course, semester, or year.
• Suspension and/or possible expulsion.
Legal References: A.C.A. § 6-18-209; A.C.A. § 6-18-220; A.C.A. § 6-18-222; A.C.A. § 27-16-701.

This also includes tardies.

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