Any absences due to medical reasons must be documented by an original receipt or invoice from the office of a doctor. Photocopies will not be accepted. The physician’s office may fax the receipt or invoice to the high school office at 365-7156 or at the Freshmen Center office fax at 365-6640. Faxes will only be accepted from the physician’s office. Any other fax transmission will not be accepted. Lake Central reserves the right to verify the absence with the physician. A doctor’s receipt or invoice must be submitted to the attendance office upon the student’s return to school. Absences that are documented by original receipt or invoice from a doctor will not count toward the five (5) day absence rule for loss of credit. In addition, absences related to required court appearances may be exempt from the five (5) days absence rule if a subpoena from the appropriate authority is submitted to the attendance office prior to the absence or upon return to school. Funerals of relatives are also exempt from the attendance rule with the proper documentation submitted to the attendance office upon return to school. Other exempt absences include approved service as a page or as a poll worker, approved school related functions, and two (2) verified college placement exams. All exempt absences must be documented within three (3) school days of the absence. Those students who are absent only from SPT, AIDE and/or SRT will be allowed three (3) verified absences. Subsequent unexempt absences will result in an assigned Friday School or suspension per absence.
Accepted reasons for verified absences, which do count toward the five (5) day absence policy, include, but are not limited to:
- Illness (including visits to school nurse)
- Military appointment (not recruitment)
- Approved vacations
- Family emergencies
- College visitation – seniors will be allowed two (2) college visitation days providing the requirements/steps are completed:
- Only seniors are allowed a preapproved college visitation day and must have a minimum of 34 credits (semester 1)/37 credits (semester 2) and be eligible to graduate.
- Arrangements must be made with the building principal prior to the visit.
- A letter from the university, which verifies the student’s visit, must be brought to the attendance office upon the student’s return to school
A student, who exceeds four (4) nonexempt absences per semester and has accumulated no truancies during the semester, may request a conference with a building administrator/designee. Consideration will be given to the implementation of an individual plan for the student to earn back the number of days in excess of four (4). This individual plan will include a requirement of makeup time in afterschool detention and/or Friday sessions. In any class, the student will be denied credit after one opportunity to earn back absences. Any student who has accumulated more than six absences in a particular class will not be eligible for the attendance buyback program in that class.