Regular daily school attendance is an integral component in supporting a student’s success in academic and life skills. Utah State Law requires that parents have their minor student (ages 6-17) enrolled in an educational program and attending on a regular basis. Utah law also requires the school to monitor a student’s attendance and communicate with the legal custodial parent(s) or guardian(s) when a non-attendance pattern develops (§53G-6-202).
Any time a student misses class it is considered an absence whether excused or unexcused. Students may be excused from school attendance for valid and legitimate reasons (§53G-6-201). Each school shall have an attendance policy that includes a plan to monitor and track student attendance with appropriate consequences, interventions and incentives to help students who have attendance issues. Some of the school’s responsibilities may include:
- Have a school attendance policy in place which follows Utah code.
- Accurately record student attendance daily (See "Attendance Codes").
- Excuse a student from attendance once the parent or guardian has made contact with the school with a valid and legitimate reason.
- Identify students with attendance issues and maintain earnest and persistent effort to improve student attendance.
- Send attendance notifications via “Skylert” to parent(s)/guardian(s) via email, phone message or text daily as attendance is marked.
- Make every effort to communicate and work with parent(s)/guardian(s) and student(s) to promote attendance and resolve attendance problems.
- Once a student becomes habitually truant (5 days unexcused absence or more), use the resources available on the Truancy & Habitual Disruption Resources web page found on the Student Services website.
- Follow the Elementary and Secondary Compulsory Education letters process with consistent administrative notification using Skyward and the attendance letters available on the Truancy & Habitual Disruption Resources web page.