• ATTENDANCE POLICY 

    A focus for us at Orange this year is to improve student attendance and tardies and we want to ensure that all students come to school everyday and on time.

    ATTENDANCE:  ABSENCES, TARDIES, TRUANTS, INDEPENDENT STUDIES

    State law requires regular attendance. Illness or medical appointments are the only legally excused absences.
    If your child is absent or going to be absent, please call the school at 736-3455. Our answering machine is on from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. to help you call in your child's absences at your convenience. Your call saves our clerk from calling you.

    INFORMATION REGARDING THE FEDERAL LAW "Every Student Succeeds Act(ESSA)" AND TRUANTS:  
    Students going out of town or on vacation are to be marked as truant under the "Every Student Succeeds Act" federal law.  Parents are strongly encouraged to request and have their child do the assignments given under an Independent Study.  (Independent Studies are only available from periods of 5 to 10 days.)  Requests for an Independent Study must be made at least five (5) school days prior to the child leaving.  Credit for the missed school days is only permissible after assigned work has been turned in by the deadline.  A truant indicates a violation of the laws requiring children be at school every day their track is in session. 

    Our school district is required under ESSA to monitor student attendance, notify parents of excessive absences, tardies, and truants, and to follow prescribed procedures (School Attendance Review Team, School Attendance Review Board, referral to Riverside District Attorney's office) regarding attendance.

    The following will hopefully aid in understanding parental responsibilities under the law.

    TARDIES          

    Students are to arrive on time and remain in school for the duration of the school day.  If a child arrives late, this is recorded as a tardy.  If the tardy is for a medical/dental appointment, the school office needs to be notified by the student’s parent for proper coding. Our school is mandated to send letters at threshold points regarding tardies.

    The gates (Lunch Court and Morning Glory) will shut when the bell stops ringing at 7:45am.  Students who arrive after this time will be given a tardy slip at the gate and sent to class, or directed to the office to get a tardy slip.  This policy was implemented and took effect on August 17, 2016. 

    ABSENCES  

    Illness (Excused): 
    A note or phone call to the office personnel reporting illness must be received from the parent within three days of the child returning to school to be coded an excused absence.  If not cleared within three days, the child will be marked truant.  A child absent due to illness for five (5) or more days should have a doctor’s note.  Orally telling your child’s teacher does not qualify.

    Independent Study (Excused)
    While not the best situation, parents may, at times, need to take their child(ren) out of school for vacation.  An Independent Study form needs to be requested by parents one-week in advance of the child's last day at school prior to the vacation.  This provides the teacher ample time to gather the necessary items, write up the assignments, and obtain necessary signatures.  The Independent Study is valid for absences of 5 to 10 school days.  Credit is earned based upon assignments completed, whether turned in on time, and the quality of those assignments.  School days of attendance are given based upon the credit earned.  (More information available above under

    Unexcused: 
    If a student is to be absent for reasons other than illness for fewer than five days and to avoid being marked truant, the parent must inform the school in writing at least three days prior to the absence  detailing the reason for absences.  A parent or guardian must sign and date the written request.  An administrator must then approve it.  This is available for up to a maximum four (4) consecutive school days

    Truant: 
    If a student is absent due to illness but the parent did not telephone office personnel or send a note within the three days of the child’s returning to school; or, the child was absent for an unexcused reason and the parent did not give our school prior notice of the child’s absence; or, the child was absent five days or more consecutively without fulfilling the requirements of an Independent Study will be marked truant.  If the student goes to a medical/dental appointment, the school office needs to be notified by the student’s parent to avoid being recorded as truant. The district computer automatically creates letters to parents of student’s meeting prescribed Every Student Succeeds Act truancy thresholds.

    EXCESSIVE ABSENCES AND/OR TARDIES

    Our school and district continues to notify parents of excessive absences, tardies, and truants, and will follow prescribed procedures (School Attendance Review Team, School Attendance Review Board, referral to Riverside District Attorney's office) regarding attendance.

    We appreciate your support as we work to improve student attendance at Orange Elementary.  Let us know how we can best support you and your children so that they can show up for school on time every day.   We want your child to be successful in school!  If you have any questions or need more information please contact us.

    Kelly Williams, Principal
    Andrea Kea, Assistant Principal

Last Modified on October 12, 2017