Why is Attendance Important?

Attendance Matters!

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 informing you that your child has missed 5 days of school. You may also receive a letter from the Judge.
At 8 days absent, you may receive a phone call reminding you about the attendance policy.
If your child has missed 10 days, you will 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.
After you have had a pre-court conference and a Legal Notice has been given, your child is required to attend school unless they have a Doctor’s statement, Court excuse or a Funeral excuse. The school nurse can also excuse your child. If your child continues to miss days, you and your child may be referred to Pre-court with the Judge (1st-8th grades) and Truancy Roundtable (9th-12th grades). You may get a visit from the EVSC Truancy Officer. The officer will work closely with you to work through attendance issues and get your student back on track.
If your student continues to miss, the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's office may decide to take legal action.

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.

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.

You can monitor your child’s attendance using Parent Access, or you can call your school social worker or counselor.


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