School attendance is an important ingredient in students’ academic success. A new state law (House Bill 410) changes how Ohio schools must report student absences and other time out of school. All time out of school, including coming in late and early dismissals, is now included in student attendance totals. Limiting scheduled appointments to before or after school and weekend hours will help students avoid reaching the new absence limits. Parents are encouraged to schedule vacations during school breaks. Please continue to report absences to the school or attendance office each day as well as submitting a doctor’s excuse for verification of any student absences for medical reasons.
Families will receive an Excessive Absence Notification when a student misses:
- 38 or more hours in one school month (with or without a legitimate excuse)
- 65 or more hours in one school year (with or without a legitimate excuse)
The law requires schools to address Habitual Truancy, which occurs when a student misses:
- 30 or more consecutive hours without a legitimate excuse
- 42 or more hours in one school month without a legitimate excuse
- 72 or more hours in one school year without a legitimate excuse
According to the law, schools cannot suspend or expel students for missing too much school. Instead schools must provide ways to promote compliance and school attendance. Additionally, schools must develop Absence Intervention Plans to help improve student attendance.