Attendance, Absence, Truancy & Tardiness


Compulsory School Attendance

The parent/guardian of a student who is enrolled must authorize all absences from school and notify the school in advance or at the time of the student’s absence. In keeping with Section 26-2a of the Illinois School Code, a valid cause for absence includes illness (including mental or behavioral health of the student), 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 mental, emotional, or physical safety or health, or other reason as approved by the Superintendent or designee. Students absent for a valid cause may make up missed homework and classwork in a reasonable timeframe.


The District considers absenteeism excessive when it significantly interferes with a student’s learning, as reflected in academic performance or social development. Excessive absenteeism includes excessive tardiness.


The District considers a student to be truant who is absent without valid cause for a school day or portion thereof, as defined in Section 26-2a of the Illinois School Code.


Prompt attendance shall be the responsibility of the student and his parents or guardian. Because it reflects a student’s concern for the rights of others, the Board shall consider promptness as a necessity in school.


Read more: Board Policy 5200: Attendance, Absence, Truancy, and Tardiness