Attendance and Tardiness

 

Dear Parents and Family Members,

Our students started their new learning beginning our first day of school. This year one of our focus areas is to bring attention to student attendance and tardy practices. By bringing this to our Lake Bluff 65 Learning Community’s attention, it is our goal that our student absences will decrease and all our students will begin their day in their classrooms on time to maximize their learning.

The importance of students being in school on time to start the day as well as attendance in school generally is critical in student achievement. A student who is tardy also impacts the rest of the students in his/her classroom because they miss the entry activity and check in with the teacher as well as the beginning of the day activities and learning objectives. Free bus transportation is offered to our families in many areas in Lake Bluff which greatly helps with the student tardy issue -- because the majority of the time our buses arrive with plenty of time for students to get in their schools, get organized and make their way to their classrooms prior to the day starting. We strongly encourage our families to take advantage of this service.

Regular attendance is defined in IL School Code ((105 ILCS 5/26-2a) (from Ch. 122, par. 26-2a) as our students attending 95% of our school days which means 176 school days X 95% = 167 days that students should be present in the school year. 

“Chronic or habitual truant” shall be defined as a child who is subject to compulsory school attendance and who is absent without valid cause from such attendance for 5% or more of the regular attendance days.

It is not possible for our teachers to replicate the classroom learning experiences through make up work. 

The Illinois Compulsory School Attendance Law (Article 26 of the Illinois School Code) holds parents responsible for the enrollment and regular school attendance of children between the ages of 6 and 17. Section 26-13 of the Code requires school districts to adopt absenteeism and truancy policies identifying appropriate supportive services and available resources for students who have chronic absenteeism (“truant”). 

Lake Bluff ESD 65 Board Policy 7.70 aligns with Illinois School Code in defining what a “valid cause for absence” might be: “A valid cause for absence includes illness, observance of a religious holiday, death in the immediate family, family emergency, other situations beyond the control of the student, other circumstances that cause reasonable concern to the parent/guardian for the student’s safety or health, or other reason as approved by the Superintendent or designee.” This exact language is replicated on the Lake County Regional Office of Education website.

This year we will be monitoring student tardies and absences and meeting with families to encourage on-time practices for children as well as regular student attendance. We are hoping that by focusing on the benefits of being in school on time and working with our learning community, that our students benefit from all learning opportunities on school days.

You will be hearing about this often in the coming months from me as well as our two building principals. If you are interested in the procedures that we will be working with on student tardies and absences, please click here

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact me by email at jsophie@lb65.org or by phone at 847-234-9400 ext. 1603.

In Partnership,

Dr. Jean Sophie
Superintendent of Schools