Regular class attendance lies at the heart of Chaparral Star Academy’s teaching and learning process. A student benefits from regular class attendance in many ways, grasping facts and concepts more thoroughly from class discussion and teacher explanation. These benefits typically enhance student performance on graded exercises and create communal experiences from which the entire class can benefit.
Valid reasons arise, of course, for missing class, including illness, family emergencies and extraordinary opportunities. Three times of the year are considered to be sacrosanct in the area of student attendance: assessment test days (e. g., STAAR, End of Course, Midterms & Finals, PSAT days), semester examination days, and the last day of school. As a general rule, absences will not be excused on these days except in the cases of personal illness, religious reasons or family emergency.
MINIMUM ATTENDANCE POLICY
Any student may not be absent more than 10% of the instruction days for any class semester (i.e. present for at least 90% of instructional days). Attendance will be calculated on a semester basis for all high school courses and on a yearly basis (based on daily attendance) for K-8th grade. This includes both excused and unexcused absences.
90% ATTENDANCE RULE BREAKDOWN (2016-17)
HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT COURSES
76 Instructional Days
75% Attendance = 57 Days
90% Attendance = 69 Days
More than 19 Days Absent = Less than 75%
More than 7 Days Absent = Less than 90%
99 Instructional Days
75% Attendance = 75 Days
90% Attendance = 90 Days
More than 24 Days Absent = Less than 75%
More than 9 Days Absent = Less than 90%
175 Instructional Days
75% Attendance = 132 Days
90% Attendance = 158 Days
More than 43 Days Absent = Less than 75%
More than 17 Days Absent = Less than 90%
Credit recovery options may be available on a case by case basis for students with low attendance due to extenuating circumstances.