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Hear ye, hear ye, the attendance policy has changed… kind of. In 2020, COVID-19 swept the nation, causing schools across the country to temporarily update their schedules and rules. Such as school rules and policies, for Bonneville’s “old” attendance policy inasmuch the same was the “new” one except for a few new add-ons.
For both the old and new policy students can only miss each class up to six times. Every six tardies in a class adds up to be one absence. However, with the new add-ons with attendance, after missing a class seven to nine times students have to make up time for that class on a monday afternoon. Then, afterwards the next ten to twelve absences it becomes a pass or fail. While also getting ten to twelve absences students will lose privileges of school clubs and extracurriculars. As well as the verification for drivers ed or license. If a student misses class the only few absences that do not count against a student are school related activities. Even with a doctor's note for why a student is missing school, it is still required for documentation for the front office.
When a student is found out to be skipping class they will be marked truant, aka the action of staying away from without a good reason. Which can lead to students and their guardians being trialed in court, after 30 to 100 hundreds hours of missing school unverified, as it is the law for teens and children to be in school. Afterwards a parole officer will be keeping track of the said student. This is not a new add on to the attendance policy this was a rule before COVID 19.
During the time of the policy being reinforced calls to the school have increased. As the lovely attendance ladies, that most students pass by in the morning, deal with the said calls. Kail Belnap has so kindly shared that the shortest call she and Amanda Van Orden have dealt with “was about 15 minutes long.” Nevertheless, COVID 19 has caused everyone to freak out over the slightest bit of sickness. Add the stricter rules of the attendance policy before covid and there's a whole new mess. During COVID 19 Bonneville was quite lenient on the attendance.
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