501.10 Truancy - Unexcused Absences


Regular attendance by the students at school is essential for students to obtain the maximum opportunities from the education program.  Parents and students are encouraged to ensure an absence from school is a necessary absence.  Students will attend school unless excused by the principal of their attendance center. Truancy is the failure to attend school for the minimum number of days established in the school calendar by the board.  Truancy is the act of being absent without a reasonable excuse.

Students are subject to disciplinary action for truancy including detention and/or suspension. Students receiving special education services will not be assigned to suspension unless the goals and objectives of the student's Individualized Education Program are capable of being met.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.  The administrative regulations, as found in the student handbooks, will indicate the disciplinary action to be taken for truancy.















Legal Reference:        Iowa Code §§ 294.4; 299 (2003).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.2(4).