Kentucky law states that any child who has been absent from school without a valid excuse for three (3) days, or is tardy on three (3) or more days, is a truant. Any child who has been reported as truant two (2) or more times is a habitual truant. An absence will be calculated on an exact percentage of the day rather than in half-day or whole-day increments. Events will be assigned when a student is absent for more than sixty (60) minutes of the school day. If the student fails to comply with truancy laws, the parent, guardian, or custodian of a public school student who has not reached his/her eighteenth birthday is accountable.

Per Board Policy, 09.123, a student shall be granted up to ten (10) days each school year when the student’s parent, de facto custodian, or person with legal custody who, while on active military duty stationed outside of the country, is granted rest and recuperation leave. Documented proof of the military leave shall be provided to the school prior to the student’s absence. All missed school work will be permitted to be made up. More than 10 missed military leave days in a school year will be marked as unexcused unless pre-approval is obtained from the building principal. (Extended days will be at the principal’s discretion.)

Remember, when students are absent from school, they are missing direct instruction from the teacher that can never be totally recaptured. Regular school attendance is a part of the learning process. Truancy is not the problem. It’s an indicator of several other problems. Students, parents, and the community all benefit when students attend school. Education is a good long-term investment for everyone.