Graduation and Attendance
What role does attendance have on my student(s) at school and the ability to graduate with a high school diploma?
Attendance affects the students ability to gain high school credit per class in two different ways. The first way is that in order to earn a course credit, the student has to first pass the class and second have an attendance rate of 90% or better in each class. If the student has below 90% attendance rate the state allows the student the opportunity to make up the lost instructional hours. That is called APV. To be considered APV, you have to have over 9 absences per class. At Nimitz High School, there are two ways a student can make up the lost instructional hours. One they can attend Saturday school ( on select Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) or before or after school tutoring. With tutoring the students are responsible for keeping up with their tutoring log until the end of each semester when they meet with their assistant principal.
The other way attendance affects a student is that if the student has more than 10 unexcused absences (part or whole days) in a 6th month period, the school district can file truancy charges with the truanct court. The school district can choose to file on the student, the parent, or in most cases both the student and parent.
10 absences in a class = 1 hour of APV
11 absences in a class = 2 hours of APV
12 absences in a class = 3 hours of APV
13 absences in a class = 4 hours of APV
so forth and so on.