It is important for every student to attend school every day. Missing too much school has long-term, negative effects on students, such as lower achievement and graduation rates. There are many reasons students miss school, but Springboro Schools has the ability to directly impact our students’ attendance.
In December 2016, the Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 410 to encourage and support a preventative approach to excessive absences and truancy. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, several changes take effect in our district.
- Students will be allowed (12) occurrences for the school year which is comprised of being tardy or absences.
- Absences and/or tardies in excess of 12 occurrences may not be excused by a parent and shall require documentation by the child's treating physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant to be excused- unless the absence is otherwise excused by the principal due to an unusual circumstance.
- If a student accumulates 38 hours or more of a combination of excused or unexcused occurrences a warning letter will be sent to the parent/guardian.
- If a student accumulates 38 hours of unexcused occurrences an Absence Intervention Meeting will occur.
- If a parent fails to appear/respond in the Absence Intervention Meeting the school will make a referral to Children Services or instruct the team to develop a plan without the parent/guardian’s input. If the plan is not followed, a complaint of truancy will be filed in Juvenile Court.
Springboro Schools will be working to reduce the barriers that families might encounter to ensure consistent attendance.