Absences may be excused for the following reasons with appropriate documentation:
à Limited family emergencies;
à family deaths
à Medical, health or legal appointments
à Religious commitments
à College visit
à Limited extenuating circumstances as approved in advance by the school principal
APS policy states that students have as many days as they were absent to make up work without penalty. This is applied without penalty to work ethic for individual assignments.
Within our model it is expected that students who are absent connect with their group members either to finish or help delegate responsibilities to meet group project deadlines.
It is the responsibility of the student teams to have a contingency (back up) plan for absences laid out in the team contract for each project.
APS Board Policy States:
Students with eleven (11) or more absences per subject per semester may be subject to long-term suspension. This limitation is related to the requirement of regular attendance in order to receive credit but does not reflect an entitlement to any given number of absences or credits.
A minimum of two (2) parent conferences will be held and a warning letter must be sent prior to a recommendation for suspension from school. The second conference should be held in person if possible. If unable to contact parents by phone or personal conference, school authorities will attempt to notify parents of the problem by certified mail.
Parents will call the school 878-6400 the morning of a student’s absence to inform the school and excuse each absence.
Parents will be informed by letter or phone call when a student has accumulated 3, 5, and 7 absences.
On the 7th absence, a conference will be held with the director and the student could be put on contract.
On the 11th absence, student could be put on Audit status for the rest of the semester. Credit could be earned in class with a passing grade and approval of the Facilitator and Director.
An unexcused absence can be considered skipping school and could lead to disciplinary action, a conference, and suspension from nex+Gen Academy.