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Attendance

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. Attendance will be calculated on a semester basis for all courses in all grades.  This includes both excused and unexcused absences. If the student exceeds this limit, the student will NOT receive credit for the respective high school course. Absences are calculated per class, in addition to per school day.

A student in grades K-7th may not be absent more than 10% of the school year.  This includes both excused and unexcused absences.  If the student exceeds this limit, the student will be retained in the current grade.  For 2018-19, the breakdown is described below.

A student in grades 8-12 may not be absent more than 10% of each semester for respective high school courses.  This includes both excused and unexcused absences.  If the student exceeds this limit, the student will lose credit in the respective high school course. For 8th graders, the student will be retained for attendance in non-high school courses as described above for K-7th grades. For 2020-21, the breakdown is described below.

90% ATTENDANCE RULE BREAKDOWN (2020-21)

 

FOR GRADES K-8 (non-high school courses)

YEARLONG ATTENDANCE

176 Instructional Days

75% Attendance = 132 Days

90% Attendance = 159 Days

More than 43 Days Absent = Less than 75%

More than 17 Days Absent = Less than 90%


 

FOR GRADES 9-12 (by high school course)

SEMESTER 1

82 Instructional Days

75% Attendance = 62 Days

90% Attendance = 74 Days

More than 21 Days Absent = Less than 75%

More than 9 Days Absent = Less than 90%

 

SEMESTER 2

94 Instructional Days

75% Attendance = 71 Days

90% Attendance = 85 Days

More than 23 Days Absent = Less than 75%

More than 9 Days Absent = Less than 90%