The D.C. public school system has adopted a new, more stringent attendance policy to curtail truancy and absenteeism.Previous coverage here.
A truancy task force led by the D.C. Board of Education made the emergency rule changes Wednesday.
Under the new rules, secondary students with five or more unexcused absences in a class for a single advisory period will receive a letter grade reduction for that subject. There are four such periods in a school year. A failing grade will be issued for 10 or more unexcused absences in that class.
Additionally, a student with 30 or more unexcused absences will not graduate to the next grade -- a change affecting elementary and secondary students.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
District institutes sane truancy policy
Finally, it looks like DCPS is getting serious about truancy.