Student Handbook - Harford County Public Schools

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Student Handbook - Harford County Public Schools

Board of Education Policies

Please Note: The contents of this handbook are meant as a summary of frequently used Board of Educaon

policies and procedures. For a detailed list of Board policies, please access the Board Policy Manual on our website,

www.hcps.org > Board> Board Policies.

ATTENDANCE

Daily aendance is crucial to student achievement and required in order

to demonstrate mastery of material and receive credit for courses.

Students are expected to aend school and all classes regularly and to

be punctual. Upon returning to school from an absence, a student is

required to bring a wrien note from his or her parent/guardian stang

the reason for each absence.

I. General Regulaons

A. Each child who resides in this state and is five-years-old or older and

less than 16 years of age shall aend a public school regularly during

the enre school year except under specific provisions of Maryland law

or regulaon.

B. A student is considered in aendance at school when parcipang

in school-sponsored acvies during the school day, and when that

parcipaon is approved by the local superintendent of schools or the

school principal, or their designees.

II. Recording Aendance

A. Students Scheduled for a Full Day - A student is counted present

for a full day if the student is in aendance four hours or more of the

school day. A student is counted present half day if in aendance for at

least two hours of the school day, but less than four hours. A student

is counted as tardy to school if the student is absent less than two and

one half hours in the morning. A student is counted as early dismissal

if the student is absent less than two and one half hours before

dismissal.

B. Late Opening/Early Dismissal of School Due To Inclement Weather

Or Elementary Planning Day - A student is counted present for a full

day if absent no more than 30 minutes of the school day. A student is

counted present for half day if present for at least two hours. A student

is tardy to school if absent less than 30 minutes in the morning. A

student is counted as early dismissal if absent less than 30 minutes

before dismissal.

C. Students Scheduled for a Paral Day - A student scheduled for a

paral day is to be counted present based on the amount of me

he/she is scheduled. Example: A student scheduled for a two-hour

block of me will be counted present for a full day if the student is in

aendance for that enre block of me. If the student is absent for

that enre block of me, the student will be counted absent for a full

day. A student scheduled for a two-hour block of me will be counted

present for one-half day if the student is in aendance for one hour.

cerficate from the parent(s)/guardian(s) of a student reported

connuously absent for illness. Connuously absent means either

a number of consecuve absences or a total absence in excess of

the standard for regular aendance for which, in the principal’s

judgment, medical documentaon is required.

3. Court Summons.

4. Hazardous weather condions- hazardous weather condions

which would endanger the health or safety of the student when in

transit to and from school.

5. Work approved or sponsored by the school, the local school

system, or the State Department of Educaon, accepted by the

local superintendent of schools or the school principal, or his/her

designees, as reason for excusing the students.

6. Observance of a religious holiday- the absence of a student to

parcipate in the observance of a major religious holiday shall

not prevent him or her from achieving a “Perfect Aendance”

cerficate or other appropriate recognion for aendance.

Major tests, field trips, the taking of student pictures, and similar

acvies should not, insofar as possible, be scheduled during

religious holidays.

7. State emergency.

8. Suspension.

9. Lack of authorized transportaon-this shall not include students

denied authorized transportaon for disciplinary reasons.

10. Other emergency set of circumstances which, in the judgment of

the superintendent or designee, constutes a good and sufficient

cause for absence from school.

11. Family Vacaon or Family Trip- a family vacaon or a family trip

during the school year is strongly discouraged as the loss of class

me may have a negave impact on the student’s academic

progress and record. It is also recognized that, on some occasions,

working parents have lile control over the me of the year

when vacaons or trips may be taken. Family vacaon absences

are considered lawful only if they have prior wrien approval

of the principal and do not exceed five days per school year.

Wrien requests must be made at least ten days in advance of

the requested vacaon absence, and aer approval, parents

and students are responsible for requesng assignments. If a

family vaacon or trip is not approved, the parent may follow the

appeals process in Secon VIII. Requests that exceed five days per

year may be approved by the Superintendent’s designee.

III. Recording Absences

A. Lawful Absences

1. Death in the immediate family- the immediate family shall include

parent, siblings, grandparents, a person who is the primary care

provider, or anyone who lives regularly in the household of the

student and others as determined by the school principal.

2. Illness of the student- the principal may require a physician’s

The Harford County Public School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, naonal origin, religion, sexual orientaon,

or disability in maers affecng employment or in providing access to programs. Inquiries related to the policies of the Board of Educaon of

Harford County should be directed to the Manager of Communicaons, 410-588-5203.

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