Attendance policy approved

Hayden High School students, parents will be accountable

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— The Hayden High School Improvement Team and the Hayden School Board believe attendance is the responsibility of the student and the parent or parents.

At Wednesday's board meeting, the board unanimously approved the fifth draft of an updated attendance policy for the high school.

"It's a building policy," Superintendent Mike Luppes said.

Several drafts and several discussions later, the board arrived at a plan that will make attendance in class imperative to passing.

School Board President Brian Hoza reiterated that, while the state has a law holding parents accountable for children's attendance between the ages of 7 and 16, the board members believe those 16 and older need to be held to a standard as well.

Underlined in the fifth draft is a line that reads, "Every child who has attained the age of 16, or older, and is registered as a high school student at Hayden High School, will be held to the school district and high school attendance policies and procedures."

The policy goes on to read that the board and the improvement team hope the school and the home can work together to make sure proper attendance is maintained.

If a high school student accumulates 10 or more absences -- excused or unexcused -- in any given course, he or she will receive a failing grade for the semester.

There is an appeal process through the administration, but it is up to the student to file the necessary paperwork.

A parent will receive notification when five absences are reached in any one class.

When a student has accumulated seven absences, a second letter will be sent requesting a conference with the parent or parents, the student and a counselor or principal Troy Zabel.

An attendance contract will be drawn up at this time.

An attendance policy at the high school has been talked about for months, and the approval of the fifth draft met no resistance Wednesday.

Very little discussion was held and no changes were made to the policy Wednesday night.

The first day of school is Sept. 5.

• The Hayden School Board approved the hiring of Virginia "Ginny" Glenn for the Hayden Valley Elementary School physical education/music teacher position. Former teacher Michelle Wilkie resigned because of a family move.

Glenn was with the district from 1975 to 1976 and from 1982 to 1988.

"She thinks this is a dream job," elementary building supervisor Rhonda Sweetser said. "She's real excited to be back."

Sweetser wanted to thank Wilkie for her time with the district. "She will be missed."

• The School Board tabled a decision on the district's technology plan, so the appropriate committees could have more time to look over it.

• The School Board did not take action on a fund raising procedure.

• The School Board unanimously approved to award ICS the bid to upgrade the district's phone system for $76,906.95, which would include an upgrade for the computer server storage. The board also gave Superintendent Mike Luppes authorization to work with Primex on clarifying its final bid of $19,000 to upgrade the clock system.

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