The Lincoln County School District No. 2 Board of Trustees voted to repeal to policies. The policies were repealed due to redundancy. Policy JED, dealing with school attendance K-8, was repealed because the district is working on a revised attendance policy. The new policy establishes a district wide attendance standard.
“The Board of Education embraced the philosophy that regular attendance of pupils is basic for school success,” the proposed policy states. “The board accepts the following guidelines for encouraging regular attendance.”
Under the proposed policy, excused absences include: “personal illness; funerals, weddings, deaths or extraordinary events with family; medical or dental appointments not possible other than school time; family emergencies; and school related activities.
“Any student that exceeds the allowable number of unexcused absences in a term may lose credit in the class or be subject to consequences according to each school’s procedure,” the proposed policy states. “Building principals are designated by the board as attendance officers. In cases where students miss more than the allowable number of absences, they will be referred to the school-based intervention team. Each school will implement an appeals process allowing parents to request an exception to this policy.”
The proposed district attendance policy passed first reading on Dec. 13. Policy JHFA, dealing with the supervision of students, was also repealed by the board. The board is moving forward with a Safety and Supervision of Students Policy that includes the guidelines of the repealed policy.
“Teachers and staff members are responsible for the welfare and safety of all students under their supervision, whether in the classroom or on activities,” the proposed Safety and Supervision of Students Policy reads. “No field trip or other activity is to be conducted under sponsorship of the school district without proper adult supervision and clearance from the principal. The administration shall make staff assignments that will best provide for the full and proper supervision of students at all times, whether in the classroom or on activity trips.”
The proposed Safety and Supervision of Students Policy passed first reading on Dec. 13.