Regular attendance by students is essential for students to obtain the maximum opportunities from the education program. Parents and students alike are encouraged to ensure an absence from school is a necessary absence. Students shall attend school unless excused by the principal of their attendance center.



Student absences approved by the principal shall be considered allowable absences.  Approved absences shall count as days in attendance for purposes of addressing excessive absenteeism, except for notification of the county attorney.  These absences include, but are not limited to, medically documented illnesses or appointments, pandemic occurrences identified by local clinics, recognized religious observances and school‑sponsored or approved activities.


Students whose absences are approved shall make up the work missed and receive full credit for the missed school work, within guidelines of the student handbook. It shall be the responsibility of the student to initiate a procedure with the student's teacher to complete the work missed.


Students who wish to participate in school‑sponsored activities must attend school for the full day the day of the activity unless permission has been given by the principal for the student to be absent.


It shall be the responsibility of the parent to notify the student's attendance center as soon as the parent knows the student will not be attending school on that day. The principal may request evidence or written verification of the student's reason for absence.


It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.


Legal Reference:                       Neb. Statute 79-209

                                                NDE Rule 10.012.01B


Cross Reference:                      505      Student Discipline

                                                506      Student Activities

                                                507      Student Records




Policy                                                                           COLUMBUS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Adopted:   9/11/06                                                       Columbus, Nebraska

Policy Revised:  8/9/10                                     Reviewed 10-10-11

Policy Revised:  3/7/11

Policy Revised:  10-10-11