The plan for improving attendance at Bryan High School involves faculty and staff as well as administration. Communication with students and parents is required prior to disciplinary action or withdrawal from school. Communication with parents will be verbal and face-to-face if possible. Administrators will make home visits as necessary to communicate with parents. A letter will be the final resort if verbal communication is unsuccessful.
Teachers are required to contact parents if a student misses three days class or develops a pattern of absences. Teachers submit logs of parent contacts to their appraiser. The logs will be made available to attendance committees. Administrators will assist with home visits if faculty cannot verify contact. Attendance reports are distributed weekly to administrators for early intervention with unexcused or excessive absences.
Attendance problems often result in loss of credit for students. Procedures for dealing with no grades (NG’s) have been defined to meet Board policy. Students who are not in attendance for at least 90 percent of the days class is offered will not receive credit except provided by section 25.092 of the Texas Public Education Code and in accordance with Bryan School Board Policy FDD (LOCAL). The procedures increase timely communication with students and parents. The procedures are as follows:
The attendance committee shall review the student’s entire attendance record and the reasons for the absences and shall determine whether to award credit. Written notice shall be mailed to the parent or guardian of the decision. The attendance committee may review the records of all students whose attendance drops below 90 percent of the days class is offered, whether or not a petition is filed. The attendance committee is required to consider extenuating circumstances for students absent from school. Eight specific extenuating circumstances are listed in Board Policy FDD (LOCAL).
For absences evaluated by the committee, the committee may impose conditions on the receipt of credit, such as requiring the student to:
In all cases, the student must also earn a passing grade in order to receive credit. The decision of the attendance committee may be appealed to the Campus Principal. Appeals beyond the Campus Principal are directed to the Executive Director of Secondary Education (or designee). All appeals shall be submitted in writing and handled as provided by the student complaint policies. [See FNG (LOCAL)]