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Tardy Policy

 

TARDY

A student is considered late for class when the tardy bell rings. Schools will take into account reasonable explanation (i.e. detained by teacher) of why the student was late. Requests for excused absences will be considered on a case by case basis. Only students who have extenuating circumstances (such as being in a car accident) will be excused from a tardy. A student may be assigned in- school or after school detention with reflective problem solving activities after documented tardy interventions. A meeting with PBIS Director or the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services may be required for extreme, habitual tardy or truancy that has not been responsive to previous corrective measures (parent contact, student conference, etc.) A referral to the Department of Human Services or other community agencies may be necessary. The corrective strategies for tar dies and truancies start over at the beginning of each semester.

TARDY POLICY
1st Tardy:     Warning
2nd Tardy:    Student confrence/Parent Contact
3rd Tardy:     Writing assignment related to the problem behavior with docmented feedback    4th Tardy:     After school dentention (1 day) and related problem-solving activity and/or behavorial instruction/ behavioral instruction/behavior packet
5th Tardy:     After school dentention (2 day) and related problem-solving activity and/or behavorial instruction/ behavioral instruction/behavior packet
6th Tardy:      After school dentention (3 day) and related problem-solving activity and/or behavorial instruction/ behavioral instruction/behavior packet
7th Tardy:     After school dentention (4 day) and related problem-solving activity and/or behavorial instruction/ behavioral instruction/behavior packet
8th Tardy:    After school dentention (5 day) and related problem-solving activity and/or behavorial instruction/ behavioral instruction/behavior packet
9th Tardy or Above:  Referral to counselor or behavior counselor, and/or referral to appriopriate school personnel to address attendence concerns.

TRUANCY
              
Truancy is defined as an absence from school without the knowledge of parent or guardian, leaving school without notification and consent of proper authorities and/or absent without permission from any class or school-related activity for which student is scheduled during the school day. The school will take into account extenuating and uncontrollable circumstances as why the child is late (i.e. verified car accident). 

It shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent of Education or his/her designee to investigate all unauthorized absences and work with all agencies that have jurisdiction over children within the Meridian Public School District and to assure that all students attend school.  

High school students are expected to be in the proper place at the proper time during the school day. A student is truant (skipping) if he/she:

1. Is absent from school without the prior knowledge and permission of his parents. An absence is unexcused if the parents knew and approved but the reason was inexcusable.

2. Is absent from class without permission of the teacher or an administrator.

3. Leaves school at any time during the school day without an approved sign-out slip at the Student Personnel Desk.

4. Obtains permission to go a certain place and does not go directly there or fails to return directly to class.

5. Becomes ill and goes home or stays in the rest room instead of reporting to the counselor, school nurse, or Student Personnel.

6. Gets to school late and does not report directly to student personnel in order to be entered or does not go directly to class after being entered in school.

7. Is on campus and not in class unless he/she is out of class at the direction of a teacher or administrator.

Reports of truancy shall be made in accordance with Mississippi Compulsory School Attendance Law (MS CODE '37-13-91).