This year, all Kent County Schools have agreed to a common policy regarding attendance in our schools. The theme Kent ISD is using this year is “Strive for Five”. Accompanying the change in policy is the addition of the term, “chronic absenteeism,” which is missing 10% or more of the instructional days at any point in the calendar year. Essentially, the hope of the ISD and surrounding schools, including Caledonia Community Schools, is to have students present for instruction as often as possible (i.e., missing 5 days or less - “Strive for Five”).
Should a student miss five days for medical appointments, illness, etc., parents will receive a letter informing them of the accumulated absences. If your child misses 10 school days, a referral will be made to Kent ISD. At that time, parents will be encouraged to meet with their building principal to create a plan for improved attendance. In the event attendance continues to be problematic, and reach the point of 15 days, further action will be taken including a second referral to the ISD.
As always, our plan is to work with our parents. We recognize that at times there are extenuating circumstances which prohibit children from being in school. The intent, however is that your child is in school when possible. Please make sure to provide the school with documentation if your child visits a medical professional (e.g., letter from the dentist, pediatrician, etc.). Ultimately, the goal is for our students to take in all of the instruction available to them. Should you have any questions, please contact your child’s principal.