LPE Attendance Policy

ATTENDANCE NUMBER: 303-­387-­8727 


Parents must call to excuse an absence within 48 hours of the day missed otherwise the absence will remain unexcused on record. 


Please give the following information: 

1. Student's name and grade, please spell the last name 

2. Date and reason for absence 

3. Your name and a telephone number where you can be reached  


Picking your child up early? Please call ahead.


Rolling start and general attendance information

Our school day begins at 9:05 a.m. and students will be able to go to their classrooms beginning at 8:55 a.m. as part of our rolling start. Because class attendance is an integral part of the educational process, students are expected to be in attendance every day school is in session as required by law and Board policy. All elementary school age students are required to attend public school, with some exceptions as provided by law. According to state law, it is the obligation of every parent, guardian, and legal custodian to ensure that every such child under their care and supervision attends school. Non-attendance affects student achievement. We will handle continuous absences of students on a case by case basis; however, the district does have policies that we will follow that are aligned with state guidelines and the state law regarding school attendance, as well as federal guidelines. A student is considered habitually truant if the student has at least "four or more unexcused absences from school or from class on four or more different days in a one month period or ten or more unexcused absences from school or from class on ten or more different days in a school year". A student is considered “chronically absent” per federal guidelines if they are missing 10% of the total possible school days, regardless of whether the absences are excused or unexcused. 


Excused Absences are those resulting from: temporary or extended illness; injury; family emergencies; absences occurring as a result of the denial of admission to the schools of the school district; absences which occur when a student is in custody of a court or law enforcement authority; and, any other absence approved by the principal. Excused absences are subject to state school attendance laws.  Unexcused Absences are those absences deemed unacceptable by the principal regardless of the prior approval or knowledge of the parents. 


Unexcused absences include those resulting from suspensions and expulsion.


Notification of absences to parents

If excessive absences interfere with a students' ability to be successful, reasonable effort shall be made to notify the parents, guardian or legal custodian so that remedial action can be taken.  


Attendance Contracts

Some students with unique attendance related problems may be placed on personalized "Attendance Contracts" to meet their attendance needs. In these rare instances, those students will be held accountable to their contracts rather than the "General School Attendance Accountability Rules". Students with attendance that does not improve while on a contract will be referred to the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) process.  


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