Regular attendance is a key factor in a child's academic success. Regular attendance is when a student attends more than 95% of the academic school year; this may include up to 8 absences in a 180-day school year.
The Florida Legislature finds the association with poor academic performance and nonattendance to be so important that each school district must take an active role in promoting attendance as a means of improving student performance. The State also finds that early interventions are the most effective way of producing good attendance habits that will lead to improved student learning and achievement.
Stay Home Directive - New Emergency Rule from FDOE
Emergency Rule: For the 2021-2022 school year, a new emergency rule allows school districts to count students in attendance while under a "stay home" directive. An asymptomatic student under a stay-home directive may be considered in attendance for up to ten days. The rule prevents the State from penalizing students and parents for excessive absences due to COVID-19 that would result in truancy interventions or suspension of the student's driver's license/permit.
"Stay home" directive means a public K-12 student who is under a quarantine order or is not physically present in school due to contact with, or the asymptomatic contraction of, COVID-19.
"Q" is a new attendance code provided by FDOE. The Q code counts a student in attendance while under a stay home directive for COVID-19.
Full text for this rule can be found on the FDOE website: Attendance Rule 6A-1.044 Pupil Attendance Records.
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Parents: Notify the School
Parents are required to report the reason that their child is not physically present in school. When a student is not physically present in school due to "stay home" orders (quarantine) related to COVID-19, the student will be counted in attendance when they have access to assignments, curriculum, and instructional personnel.
Parents must communicate the "stay home" order using the same methods for reporting an absence. The District offers three options for communication at all of our public schools.
1. Online Absence Reporting Form on the school website's "Report an Absence" page (select the Quarantine option); or
2. Attendance Hotline to leave a voice message; or
3. A written note delivered to the Attendance Manager per the school's protocol.
If you need help assisting your child with accessing assignments, curriculum, or a certified teacher, go to browardschools.com/askbria to connect with a teacher in your child's content area.
For the student's return to school from Stay Home orders, the school and family will follow the most up-to-date guidelines communicated from the Florida Department of Health - Broward and the Coordinated Student Health Services Department.
Student: Access Assignments, Curriculum, Certified Teacher
- Access assignments from your teacher's Canvas class. Curriculum resources are accessible in the Clever Student Portal (including online textbooks for grades K-12).
- Review and complete assignments to stay up-to-date with learning.
- For instructional assistance, students will have access to in-class instruction via Microsoft Teams (audio only) and, after school, AskBria will also be available to work with a certified teacher.
Attendance Manager: Enter Q code
Enter Q in the attendance book when the parent reports COVID-19 as the reason their child will not be physically present at school.
Follow rules in Policy 5.5: Attendance to determine if a pattern of nonattendance has been established and communicated to the parent by an administrator, or their designee, before requiring additional documentation to enter this code.
For the student's return to school from Stay Home orders, the school and family will follow the most up-to-date guidelines communicated from the Coordinated Student Health Services Department.
Teacher: Access to Assignments, Curriculum, and In-Class Audio
A student on the teacher's roster with the Q code pre-populated in the attendance book is not in class due to a stay home directive. For quarantine students, no additional action is required by the teacher for reporting or recording attendance. Teachers will not change the Q code.
Students must have access to in-class audio via Microsoft Teams and the teacher's Canvas course with the same assignments and curriculum they would have if they were physically present in class.
Excusing an Absence
Each parent* of a child within compulsory attendance age is responsible for their child's school attendance. When a child must be absent, the parent must report the reason for absence to the school's Attendance Manager.
To report the reason for your child's absence, the District offers three options:
Option 1: Online Absence Form
Click on the "Report Absence Online" link at the top of this page to complete the online form.
A copy of the form will go to the school's Attendance Manager and to the custodial parent(s). (Make sure your contact information is up-to-date with the school.)
Option 2: Attendance Hotline
Locate the Attendance Hotline phone number at the top of this page. Call the Attendance Hotline to leave a message that includes the same information listed below for sending a note to school.
Option 3: Note for the Attendance Manager
A written note can be delivered to the Attendance Manager to excuse an absence. Check with the school's main office for delivery information. Include the following information on the note:
1. Student's first and last name
2. Student ID or birth date
3. Grade level (include the teacher's name for elementary students)
4. Date(s) of absence
5. Reason for absence
6. Parent first and last name
7. Parent contact information
* Parent includes either or both parents of a student, any guardian of a student, any person in a parental relationship to a student, or any person exercising supervisory authority over a student in place of a parent.
Approved Reasons for Excused Absences from Policy 5.5 (Attendance)
Parents should report the reason for an absence within two school days. If requested by the school, the parent must provide documentation of an illness from a licensed health care practitioner.
Students must be in school unless the absence has been permitted or excused for one of the reasons listed below:
1. Illness of student (Physical or Mental Health)
2. Illness of an immediate family member
3. Death in the family
4. Religious holiday
5. Required court appearance or subpoena
6. Special event
7. Scheduled medical or dental appointment
8. Student has a communicable disease
Students on field trips, attending alternative to suspension programs, or in internal suspension programs are not considered absent.
Links to the Attendance Policy
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