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WRCC Attendance Policy

Rationale for 2021-2022 attendance procedure

As students return to school for the 2021 – 2022 school year some students will not have taken part in in-person learning in close to eighteen months. Research shows that anxiety, depression, and other mental challenges are at an all-time high for youth. Many students have experienced some level of learning loss over the last eighteen months that has yet to be measured. Well over half the students at the Windham Regional Career Center will be new to the center creating additional stress and anxiety for some if not all. Windham Regional Career Center has to assume that attendance issues are part of a greater issue that needs to be solved if the student is going to be successful. The Windham Regional Career Center will work with students and families to support them in problem-solving to improve school attendance.

Tardiness

When a student is tardy the teacher will have a conversation with the student to attempt to evaluate if there is a way the teacher can support the student in being on time. If there is an issue that needs to be addressed the teacher will contact the student’s guidance counselor at WRCC or BUHS and the student’s parent or guardian to set up a plan to address and resolve the issue.

If the student continues to be tardy the team will continue to meet to attempt to address the situation with the support of staff from the sending district and the career center.

The student is responsible for making up any missed work with the teacher’s support. Students will be given twenty-four hours to make up missed work.

Absenteeism

Each time a student is absent (excused or unexcused) it is the responsibility of the teacher and the student to work together to complete any missed assignments or for the student to learn missed concepts. Students will be given two days for every day they are absent to make up any missed work without consequences that impact their grade. If a student misses lab time the student and the teacher should work together to ensure the student is able to make up any missed learning. The teacher should also check in with the student to try to ascertain if the student needs supports to address barriers to school attendance and work with the sending school district to establish those supports.

When a student is absent from school or class more than 3 times in 30 calendar days or 7 days in a semester the student’s teacher will schedule a meeting with the student, parent or guardian, guidance counselor, center director, and other team members. The goal of this meeting is problem-solving and addressing the situation before being absent causes learning loss or becomes habitual. If the student is absent due to an issue that can be resolved with the supports of others within the students sending district or other service providers those agencies will be contacted by sending school personnel.

If the student continues to be absent the team will continue to meet to attempt to address the situation with the support of staff from the sending district and the career center. After the first meeting, the student’s counselor or case manager will take the lead in scheduling meetings. The teacher will be responsible for tracking the student’s attendance and reporting that and missed assignments to the student’s counselor or case manager.

A student will only be removed from their CTE pathway for absenteeism or tardiness if their grades would make it impossible for them to reasonably pass the class at the end of the year. If the student is able to improve their grades (75%+) and attendance during the second semester they are encouraged to reapply to the Windham Regional Career Center for the next year.