Big Walnut Attendance Philosophy
The Big Walnut Local School District believes daily attendance is a foundational piece of a student’s academic success. In creating an environment for that academic success, the district works with students and their parents/guardians to encourage consistent ongoing attendance.
What is House Bill 410?
House Bill 410 was passed into law by the Ohio General Assembly in December, 2016 and the most recent state guidelines have been made in July, 2017. This has changed the way school districts monitor student attendance across the state. Schools now must keep track of absences by “hours” (to include partial-day absences) as opposed to “days missed.”
What are some of the changes that will go into effect?
Habitual Truant – any student absent without a legitimate excuse for absences of
- 30 or more consecutive hours
- 42 or more total hours in one school month
- 72 or more total hours in one school year
Excessive Absence – any student absent with or without a legitimate excuse for absences of
- 38 or more hours in one school month
- 65 or more hours in one school year
Hours in a School Month
Hours in a School Year
- Habitual Truant
- 30+ hours unexcused
- 42+ hours unexcused
- 72+ hours unexcused
- 38+ hours excused or unexcused
- 65+ hours excused or unexcused
If a student has exceeded one of the attendance thresholds for Habitual Truancy, a letter will be sent home with the student and phone calls will be made to contact the student’s parent/guardian to set up a meeting. The purpose of this required meeting will be for the parent/guardian, student (when appropriate), building staff, and district court liaison to be a part of an Absence Intervention Team and meet to develop an Absence Intervention Plan.
If a student has exceeded one of the attendance thresholds for Excessive Absences, a letter will be sent home with the student and phone calls will be made to note the requirement for any additional absences to have a doctor’s note to consider them excused.
Information for this story was provided by Big Walnut Local Schools.