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Chronic Absences
Posted 10/28/22

Chronic Absence


Attendance Myths  

  • Only unexcused absences are a problem
  • Tardies don't matter
  • Attendance only matters in older grades
  • Missing school every so often does not affect learning

What is chronic absence?

Chronic absence is missing 10%, or more of school days. For the Traditional School Year calendar, students have 178 instructional days. A child who is considered chronically absent would miss 17.8 days of school or more.

What absences are excused?

Absences may be excused for the following reasons with proper notification and / or limited extenuating circumstances as approved in advance by the school principal.
Contact your child's teacher or the front office to provide documentation.

  • Illness (including chronic illness documented on a health plan, IEP or 504 plan)

  • Family emergencies (limited)

  • Family deaths

  • Medical, health or legal appointments (documentation required)

  • Religious commitments / Cultural Observance

  • College visits

  • Deployment of a military parent

  • Tribal obligations

Who do I call when my child is sick and won't be at school

You will call your child's school ( 505-291-6819 #2).


  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and backpacks the night before.
  • Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required immunization shots.
  • Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates before school starts to help them with transitions.
  • Do not let your child stay home unless they are truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomachache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.  
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.