Excessive Absence ProcedureMissouri statue #167.031 mandates regular school attendance for children. Many of the benefits of regular classroom instruction are lost during extended absences and cannot be regained even with extra after-school instruction. The school may notify the parent of any concerns regarding excessive unexcused absences and/or tardiness to school. Principals may schedule and hold parent conferences, over the phone or in person, when a student has been absent unless a doctor's note is on file in the office. After eight absences, principals have the authority to require written verification from a medical doctor for all future absences due to illness. All future medical related excuses may be considered excused or unexcused at the principal's discretion. The principal's office and school nurse will work closely with parents on all medical related absences beyond ten.All absences beyond 8 days or 40 blocks will be unexcused unless medical verification from a physician is provided and approved by the principal and/or attendance secretary. The school will notify parent(s)/guardian(s) of excessive absences through an Attendance Letter procedure. A letter will be sent to notify the parent(s)/guardian(s) at 5 absences and after 10 or more days of absences. The 10 day letter will inform of possible disciplinary action and/or truancy hearing.