Student Attendance Policies

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Student Attendance Policies

Talon Staff

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      In the North Kansas City School District, if a student’s attendance level falls below 90 percent in a class, a grade reduction will occur. The more school the student misses, the greater the grade reduction. This is unfair to students who miss a lot of school but still manage to earn high grades. 

     These people get all of their work done but still have a lowered grade due to attendance. High school students can have things can come up not just after, but during school as well. Some students are even scheduled to work during the day to provide for their families. They have to balance school and work. These grade reductions do not help their chances of making it through high school when they’re giving it their all, even though they do not make it to school every day. 

     During our high school career, we also want to be able to experience things outside of school like concerts and family vacations. Also, not everyone feels the need to go to the doctor whenever they become sick, which means they wouldn’t have a doctor’s note for proof of being sick. 

     It is unreasonable for students to be punished for their absences, whenever the give their all in their assignments and earn a passing grade. 

     The solution for reasonable attendance at school is to narrow down they punishment to those who are intentionally missing school rather than those with a valid reason.