• Attendance Tip:

    Establish and stick to the basic routines

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     (going to bed early, waking up on time, etc.) that will help your child develop the habit of on-time attendance.

  • Attendance Tip:

    Talk to your child about:

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    why going to school every day is critical and important unless they are sick. If your child seems reluctant to go to school, find out why and work with the teacher, administrator, or afterschool provider to get them excited about going to school.

  • Attendance Tip:

    Develop back up plans

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    Develop back up plans for who to turn to (another family member, a neighbor or fellow parents) to help you get your child to school if something comes up (e.g. another child gets sick, your car breaks down, etc.).

  • Attendance Tip:

    Reach out for help

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    Reach out for help if you are experiencing tough times (e.g. transportation, unstable housing, loss of a job, health problems) that make it difficult to get your child to school. Other parents, your child’s teacher, principal, social worker, school nurse, afterschool providers, or community agencies can help you problem solve or connect you to a needed resource.

  • Attendance Tip:

    work with the teacher

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    If your child is absent, work with the teacher to make sure she or he has an opportunity to learn and make up for the academics missed.

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    Parents can track their student’s attendance through Zangle ParentConnection.

    • Subscribe to receive daily student attendance and assignments. Log in to ParentConnection and select email notifications in the upper right corner.
    • See how many absences your child has accumulated and if your student is meeting the 90% attendance mark. Select the “attendance” link on the left side once you log in to ParentConnection.

  • Attendance Tip:

    About 1 in 5 students miss more than 17 school days each year.

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    Showing up to school year day on time matters, not only in schools but to future employers.

It's our responsibility to ensure students are engaged and excited about learning each day they walk through our doors. Knowledge is ubiquitous. Anyone with a smartphone can find the answer to just about any question. Today, students need to be engaged in their education and ASD will ensure all of our classes provide relevant and rigorous curriculum."

- Dr. Deena Bishop

Improving Student Attendance

ASD Goal: Every student will attend school at least 90 percent of the time.

See ASD's strategic plan, Destination 2020, for details.


A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn. There is a direct correlation between students who attend school regularly and higher academic achievement levels. In order to reach our Destination 2020 goal on attendance, students can miss no more than 17 days of school per year. This may seem like a lot but it's less than two absences per month.


Excused and unexcused absences

The school board updated policy 443 in June 2013 to define what constitutes an excused absence from school. Conditions include:


  • Illness
  • Death or serious illness in the immediate family
  • Participation in a school function
  • Attendance at a religious service
  • Extenuating circumstances approved by the principal

11/23/15 update from Pam Y.

Pre-approved absence request

If parents know in advance their child will be absent, please fill out a Pre-Approved Absence Request for Extenuating Circumstances.


The principal may deny the request if s/he believes it would harm the student’s academic progress. If the absence is denied and the family still takes the child out of school, the absence will be unexcused. If the pre-approved absence request is denied, the parent or guardian may have that decision reviewed by making a request to the elementary or secondary division within two school days.


Make-up procedures

If a student misses school, parents are encouraged to work with their child's teacher and principal to determine the appropriate make-up work and timeline to complete the work. The district has updated the make-up procedures for class work, assignments and tests. The procedures are outlined in the student handbook. High school  |  Middle school


Attendance notifications

An automated “robocall” attendance phone message goes out to all students with an unexcused absence. Standard practice is for middle and high school calls to go out at the end of the business day. Elementary households will also receive calls, beginning at 11 a.m.

The recorded attendance notification message is the district’s official parent notification of an unexcused absence. The attendance notification messages are translated into five of the district’s most common languages besides English.


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