If your child is absent, please call your child's school.
Coming to school every day, on time, can help students feel better about themselves and their learning and help them succeed in school and in life! The EVSC has an attendance policy that’s designed to provide you with the support you need to get your child to school.
Regular attendance directly affects student success. School is very hard for students when they miss classes. Students are required by Indiana law to attend school regularly until they are 18 years old. After age 18, students must be regularly attending and earning credits toward a diploma to stay enrolled.
What Will Happen:
- If your child is absent more than a few days, you may get a call from the school to make sure everything is okay. If you need help, please let the school counselor or social worker know.
- After five absences, the school may send you a letter with tips and suggestions.
- At 8 days absent, you may receive another letter from the school offering help and support.
- If your child has missed 10 days, you may be asked to take part in a pre-court conference or meeting with school staff. This conference is designed to provide you with a greater level of support and prevent you and your child from having to go to court over attendance.
- At ten or more absences, the EVCS is required to refer your student to Juvenile Court. You may get a visit from the EVSC Truancy Officer or the Evansville Police Department. The officers will work closely with you to work through attendance issues and get your student back on track.
If your student continues to miss, the Juvenile Court judge may decide to take legal action.
You can monitor your child’s attendance using RDS Parent Access, or you can call your school social worker or counselor.
Students who miss additional days of school after the pre-court conference are required by Indiana law to have a medical statement from a physician or be seen and possibly sent home by the school nurse. Failure to follow this law will result in a referral to Child Protective Services or Juvenile Court, depending upon the circumstances and the age of the student. There can also be a pre-court conference called if the student has missed 5 consecutive days (habitual truancy).
Students may have credits denied for excessive truancies. This is not automatic but at the school administrator’s discretion and based on individual circumstances. Continued truancies may also result in loss of a driver’s license or work permit. The Social Security Administration monitors to make sure students are attending school regularly. A restructuring of payments could occur for students who do not attend regularly.
Call 435-8489 or email FSCP@evsck12.com.