Attendance and Truancy
Mt. Healthy City School’s educational program depends on the presence of the student for continuity of instruction and classroom participation. Attendance is required of all students enrolled in the schools during the days and hours that the school is in session.
In December, 2016, Ohio’s legislature adopted House Bill 410, which sets new requirements for school attendance and interventions for absent students. A student will be considered “habitually truant” if the student is absent without a legitimate excuse for thirty (30) or more consecutive hours, for forty-two (42) or more hours in one school month, or seventy-two (72) or more hours in one school year. For this purpose, a school day is considered six (6) hours.
Legitimate excuses for absences are:
- Personal illness (a written physician’s statement may be required)
- Illness in the family necessitating the presence of the child
- Quarantine of the home
- Death in the family
- Necessary work at home due to absence/incapacity of parent
- Observation/celebration of a bona fide religious holiday
- Out of state travel up to (24 hours of school) to participate in District-approved enrichment or extracurricular activity
- Such good cause as may be acceptable to the Superintendent
- Medically necessary leave for a pregnant student (Policy 5751)
- Service as a precinct officer at a primary, special, or general election (Policy 5725)
Students who are “habitually truant” will be assigned to an Absence Intervention Team and an Absence Intervention Plan will be developed to increase the student’s attendance. If the student refuses or fails to make satisfactory progress on the plan, a complaint will be filed in juvenile court.
Students who are absent (excused or unexcused) for thirty-eight (38) or more hours in one school month or sixty-five (65) hours in one school year will receive a Truancy Intervention Plan.
If your student must absent from school, please call your school’s attendance hotline AND send a written note to the homeroom teacher when your child returns. Questions? Please call Mr. Walden at 513-742-6005.