Student Attendance and Exemption from School
Summary of Policy S-4
Student Services Department, Salt Lake City School District
Because of the Salt Lake City School District's commitment to quality education, we are concerned when a child misses school for any reason. The process of education requires a continuity of instruction, class participation, learning experience, and study. Frequent absences of students from day-to-day classroom experiences disrupt the educational and the instructional process.
Utah Compulsory Attendance Laws (Code 53A-11-101-105) requires that every school age child (ages 6-18) be enrolled in school and attend regularly. Parents and students are responsible for regular attendance. Students may be excused from school attendance for valid and legitimate reasons, including illness, medical appointment, family emergencies, death of family member or close friend, observance of religious holidays, and family activity or travel (approved and arranged in advance with the principal).
A note to the school explaining your student's absence is required of each day your student misses school.
In the Salt Lake City School District:
1. After five (5) or more days of unexcused absences (or equivalent class periods) within a school year, a First Truancy Notification and Citation will be issued requesting parent's help with their student's attendance.
2. After ten (10) or more days of unexcused absences (or equivalent class periods) within a school year, a Second Truancy Notification and Citation will be issued. Parents must schedule a conference with school officials to attempt to resolve the student's attendance issues.
3. A student is considered to be "habitually truant" when he/she has received two or more truancy citations within a school year.
4. After fifteen (15) or more days of unexcused absences (or equivalent class periods) within a school year, a Third Truancy Citation and Notice of Pre-Court Hearing will be issued requiring an appearance at a Pre-Court Hearing. Parents or guardians with students under the age of 12, including school information, may be referred to Salt Lake County District Attorney. Students older than 12 years of age, including school information, may be referred to the Third District Juvenile Court.
To appeal a Truancy Citation, submit the appeal in writing to the Student Services Committee (SSC) at the school where your child is enrolled. Appeals must be submitted to the SSC within 10 days of the date the citation was issued. Refer to Policy S-4 and S-4 Administrative Procedures .
If you have questions about your child's attendance, including excused and unexcused absences, please contact the school where your child is enrolled. Your support and cooperation are appreciated.
Students, teachers, and staff are expected to dress in a manner that demonstrates they respect themselves and the learning environment (see Policy S-5). Clothing should be neat, clean, and appropriate for learning and weather conditions, and at no time should it cause a disruption to the learning environment. School administrators will determine consequences for students who violate the dress code and will provide appropriate due process. Parents may be called to bring the student a suitable change of clothing. Parents are also expected to observe the dress code whenever they are in the building.
The following would be considered in violation of the dress code:
• Clothing that is low enough to reveal a student’s underwear
• Clothing advertising drugs, alcohol, tobacco, acts of violence or lawlessness
• Clothing associated with gangs, illicit drugs, or illegal substances
• Clothing with offensive and/or vulgar language and/or designs
• Clothing which calls attention to the body, including bike pants, spandex, unitard knit tights, body suits, sheer clothing or skin tight clothing
• Hats, caps, hoods, and sunglasses worn in the building
• Clothing with intentional cuts, slashes, fraying, or holes
• Short shorts, running shorts, or miniskirts (as a rule of measurement, shorts hem should reach the finger tips when arms are held loosely at the side)
• Crop tops showing midriffs
• Tube or tank tops or halters
• Coats worn in the building during instructional time
• Dangling jewelry, particularly earrings
• Flip-flops or any shoe not conducive to recess or PE activities