BP 5113 Absences and Excuses

KPBSD Policy Manual

BP 5113


The School Board believes that regular attendance plays a key role in the success a student achieves in school. The Board recognizes its responsibility under the law to ensure that students attend school regularly. Parents/guardians of children aged 7 to 16 are obligated to send their children to public school except as allowed by law. The Board shall abide by all state attendance laws and may use any legal means to correct the problems of excessive absence or truancy.

( cf. 5112.1 - Exemptions from Attendance )

( cf. 5112.2 - Exclusions from Attendance )

Excused Absences

The Principal may excuse student absences for health reasons, family emergencies or other reasons the Principal determines constitute good cause.

Student absence for religious instruction or participation in religious exercises away from school property may be excused.

No student excused for religious holiday shall be denied the opportunity to make up a test given on the religious holiday or denied an award or eligibility to compete for an award.

Unexcused Absences/Truancy

 The Board is committed to keeping students in school. The Superintendent shall implement whatever steps he/she deems appropriate to reduce student absences and to ensure that all children residing within the District are receiving appropriate educational services as required by law.

( cf. 6164.5 - Intervention/Assistance Teams )

A student's grades and promotion may be affected by excessive absences in accordance with Board policy.

( cf. 5121 - Assessment/Evaluation of Student Achievement )

Legal Reference:


14.03.070 School age

14.17.500 Student count estimates

14.17.160 Student counting periods

14.30.010 When attendance compulsory

14.30.020 Violations

14.30.030 Reportof violations and procedures

4 AAC 09.005-4
AAC 09.105 State aid


Adoption Date: 10/18/04