Resident students who are at least six years of age and not more than 18 years of age, shall attend school unless properly exempted by the Board of Education as indicated below. Attendance shall be in district schools or in some other district to which the student may legally be transferred, or in a regularly established private school. Parents or legal guardians of a student between six and 18 years of age are responsible for sending the student to school. (Utah Code Ann. 53A-11-101)
EXEMPTIONS: Students who meet one or more of the following conditions to the satisfaction of the Board of Education shall be exempt from State compulsory attendance requirements and shall be given a certificate, issued by the Board of Education, stating that the student is excused from attendance during the time specified on the certificate:
- A student over age 16 may receive a partial release from school to enter employment if the student has completed the eighth grade, or if the student's services are required for the support of a parent. Students receiving this exemption must still attend school as required by the Board of Education.
- On an annual basis, a student between six and 18 years of age may receive a full release from attending public, regularly established private or part-time school or class if one of the following is established to the Board's satisfaction:
- The student has already completed the work required for graduation from high school.
- The student is taught at home in the subjects prescribed by the State Board of Education in accordance with the law and for the same length of time as students are required by law to be taught in the District. A minor student receiving partial release in order to enter employment under item 1 above may be excused from attending required part-time school if the student is taught the required number of hours at home.
- The student is in a physical or mental condition, certified by a competent physician, which renders attendance inexpedient and impracticable.
- Under certain conditions, students may be exempted from compulsory school attendance because of distance.
- Proper influences and adequate opportunities for education are provided in connection with the student's employment.
- The Superintendent determines that the student, if over age 16, is unable to profit from attendance at school because of inability or a continuing negative attitude toward school regulations and discipline. (See "Safe School Policy")
- The Board of Education or its authorized representatives have responsibility for examining each case of absenteeism and determining if for any of the above reasons a student should be exempted from school attendance. The Board of Education, if so satisfied, shall issue a letter, through the superintendent, to the Director of Pupil Personnel, stating that the holder is exempt from attendance during the time therein specified.
- While the Board of Education reserves to itself the power to release students from school, school principals are authorized to exempt temporarily any student whose conduct or attitude makes such action advisable. Under the District's "Safe School Policy", principals are authorized to suspend students for certain infractions of school rules and/or inappropriate conduct. (See Logan City School District "Safe School Policy").
- Within the school district, the responsibility for initiating a study of each case of absenteeism rests with the principal of each school. He may utilize the faculty, counselors, and other school resources in making the study. Recommendations shall be made by the principal to the Director of Pupil Personnel.
- The procedure in dealing with absenteeism will be as follows:
- The principal shall check with his faculty, on a regular basis, to determine the cases of excessive absence. Teachers and/or the school attendance office are responsible for daily reporting of absences.
- When a student is absent excessively and the school has not been provided legitimate or reasonable excuses for these absences, a preliminary investigation will be made by the school. The principal will initiate this study and may use the various resources of counselors, teachers, etc. to provide appropriate interventions to help the student improve attendance. These interventions shall include the following:
- Counseling of the student.
- Enlisting parental support for attendance by the student.
- Meeting with the student and the parents or guardian.
- Adjusting the curriculum and schedule if determined necessary to meet special needs of the student.
- Monitoring of attendance by parents and the school.
- Enlisting the assistance of community and law enforcement agencies as appropriate.
- In the event that the interventions have not resolved the problem, a referral from the principal to the Director of Pupil Personnel is to be made for further investigation, and a recommendation for the Board of Education.
- A case study will be made, for each referral, by the Director of Pupil Personnel and the following recommendations may be made:
- To release the student from school: the release will be issued by the Director of Pupil Personnel only after approval of the Superintendent and by the Board of Education.
- Referral to the Juvenile Court where appropriate.
- Returned to school: further violations of attendance regulations may result in permanent release from school.
- Truancy--Possible Court Action: If any parent or person standing in parental relation to a child who is subject to the State compulsory school law and not lawfully exempted or properly excused from attendance willfully fails to require the child to attend school, such case shall be reported in writing by the Board of Education to the appropriate juvenile court. (Utah Code Ann. 53A-11-103(3)
- The Board of Education shall make earnest and persistent efforts to resolve a student's attendance problems.
- Where cases are referred to court, a school representative familiar with the case should be prepared to be present in court to show what earnest and persistent efforts have been taken as a pre-requisite to court jurisdiction and to aid the court in determining what court action, if any, would be desirable and effective. (Utah Code Ann. 53A-11- 103 (1))
- If, after earnest and persistent efforts are made by the parents or guardian and the school, the truant behavior has not been corrected, the Board shall either refer the 4 matter to the appropriate juvenile court or release the student from school. (Utah Code Ann. 53A-11-103 (2))
Approved: July 1, 1995