• Attendance Policy

    The staff at Hodgkins expect students to be in school and ready to learn each day that school is in session. This expectation is founded upon the belief that students learn best when they are actively engaged in learning, when there is continuity in the presentation of new ideas when students share their ideas with one another, and when they can see the progress they are making. It is very important that students attend school daily and arrive promptly. We value the instructional time we have at Hodgkins and would like to limit disruptions to our students' learning time. Students arriving late to class disrupt the learning environment and tardiness does not give the late student a smooth beginning to their day.

    Student Attendance Expectations    

    Students are expected to attend school Monday-Friday for the entire school day.  This means they should be on time and should not leave school early. Families are asked to schedule appointments after 3:10 pm whenever possible. If a student is vomiting, has a fever, is experiencing Flu Symptoms, or is otherwise infectious, he or she should not come to school.

    Excused Absences: The office staff shall grant excused absences in compliance with the Compulsory Attendance Law for the following reasons:

    1. A student who is temporarily ill or injured or whose absence is approved by the administrator of the school of attendance on a prearranged basis. Prearranged absences shall be approved for appointments or circumstances of a serious nature only, which cannot be taken care of outside of school hours.

    2. A student who is absent for an extended period due to physical, mental, or emotional disability.

    3. A student pursuing a work-study program under the supervision of the school.

    4. A student who is attending any school-sponsored activity or activities of an educational nature with advance approval by the administration.

    5. A student who is suspended or expelled.

    As applicable, the district may require suitable proof regarding the above exceptions, including written statements from medical sources.

    If a student is in out-of-home placement (as that term is defined by C.R.S. § 22-32-138(1)(e)), absences due to court appearances and participation in court-ordered activities shall be excused. The student's assigned social worker shall verify the student's absence was for a court appearance or court-ordered activity.

    Unexcused Absences:  

    An unexcused absence is defined as an absence that is not covered by one of the foregoing exceptions. Each unexcused absence shall be entered on the student's record. The parents/guardians of the student receiving an unexcused absence shall be notified orally or in writing by the district of the unexcused absence. Per law, the district may impose appropriate penalties that relate directly to classes missed while unexcused. Students and parents/guardians may petition the Board of Education for exceptions to this policy or the accompanying regulations provided that no exception shall be sustained if the student fails to abide by all requirements imposed by the Board as conditions for granting any such exception.