Consistent attendance is a challenge for some of our students, resulting in poor classroom performance, which not only affects the individual student, but the school as a whole. In an effort to raise our students’ awareness of their attendance status and the potential effect of missing classes for non-school related reasons, we’d like to present students with some information that may affect their future decision-making.
* In the fall semester of the 2015-2016 school year, students earned passing grades but did not receive credit in 653 classes. In the spring semester, students earned passing grades but did not receive credit in 1167 classes. The reason for not earning credit (regardless of grade earned) is failure to maintain 90% attendance in the class.
* As of September 29, 2016, 520 students (217 freshmen, 134 sophomores, 100 juniors, 69 seniors) have been absent more than three times in at least one of their scheduled classes:
Losing Credit Because of Absences
In order to earn the .5 credit for a class, a student must maintain 90% attendance for the class for the entire semester and maintain a grade of 70 or above. For the 2016 fall semester, that means students can have no more than four absences in a class, and that includes excused and unexcused absences. Students can have no more than five absences in the 2017 spring semester. Only school-related absences (sporting events, fine arts competitions, etc.) do not count against the student. Students who currently have more than four non-school related absences need to see their assistant principal now to develop a plan for “redeeming” those absences, which will involve time spent after school in an academic setting.
*Note – Students that receive a tardy slip and do not turn in their tardy slip to their attendance office will have an unexcused absence for that period. Be sure to turn in your tardy slip if you’re late to a class; don’t let a tardy become an unexcused absence.
Students can use their phones/laptops or class Chromebooks to log in to Student Self-Serve and pull up their attendance a. If students are new to using Student Self-Serve, they access it by going to www.aisd.net, clicking on “Student”, then clicking on “Student Self-Serve”
b. Students log in using their RapidIdentity username and password
c. Once they are logged into Student Self-Serve, select “attendance”
d. School-related absences are N01, N02, and N05 and they do not count against the student regarding the 90% attendance rule
e. Any absence codes that start with “EX” or “UN” do count against the 90% attendance rule
Parents can call their child’s attendance office to check on absences, or they can sign up for Parent Self- Serve. Directions for signing up for Parent Self-Serve can be found on the Lamar website, www.aisd.net/lamar
Be in class, be on time!