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10 Facts About School Attendance


Research has proven that attendance matters:


National Attendance Awareness Program: http://www.attendanceworks.org/research/


Missouri State Law: https://dese.mo.gov/governmental-affairs/freqaskques/Attendance





To help make sure your child has good attendance, here are some suggestions for parent from Attendance Works: 


  • Keep an attendance chart at home. At the end of the week, reward your child for attending school every day. Rewards could include a visit to the park, extra video game time or special treat.
  • Make sure your child is in bed by a certain time each night and the alarm clock is set.
  • Don't let children say home unless they are truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomachache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselor or other parent s for advice on home to make him/her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • If your child has a cold but no fever (less than 100 degrees), send him/her to school anyway. If you don't have a thermometer, purchase or borrow one.
  • Identify a relative, friend or neighbor who can take your child to school if you can't or he/she missed the bus.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school in in session.





The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education strives for a goal of 90% of students being in attendance 90% of the school year.

*According to the Sunrise School district calendar and minutes of attendance, this means that each student could miss 6 days a semester. Missing six days a semester is a lot of instruction time lost. 

*Did you know that Sunrise attends 160 school days, that is less days (however longer minutes in a school day), than most schools?!? Thus, try to plan your vacations around the school calendar.



Practices in place at Sunrise School to foster great attendance and encourage students to be conscious of their attendance;

-Every Progress point students that have not missed one minutes (within a 4 week period), will receive a snow cone.

-Every Quarter, students that have missed one day or less, will earn Jump House Day.

-Classes fly an ATTENDANCE FLAG outside their room on 100% attendance days.

-Classes may earn a Sunny Dollar for 100% attendance.




Sunrise School Student Handbook Policies:




The school day begins at 8:10 a.m. and ends at 3:15pm.  Students should not arrive at Sunrise R-IX School District any earlier than 7:45 a.m. each day.  There are no teachers on duty to supervise your child prior to that time. Parents must not leave children unattended at school prior to 7:45 a.m.   Students should plan to arrive at school prior to 8:10 a.m. so as not to be tardy. Upon arriving, students should report to the cafeteria if they are eating breakfast or to the gymnasium until dismissal at 8:00 a.m.   



Bells ring at:

8:05am 5 minute warning bell   

8:10am Students in Classroom (School Day Begins)

10:55am -11:20am K-2 Lunch Period

11:15 am -11:50 am Preschool Lunch

11:30am -11:55am 3-5 Lunch Period

12:13pm -12:33pm 6-8 Lunch Period

3:15pm    Dismissal of riders and pick-ups



8:10am -9:00am 1st Period

9:04am-9:54am 2nd Period

9:58am-10:48am 3rd  Period

10:52am-11:42am 4th Period

11:46am-12:09pm 5th DRAGON TIME

12:13pm-12:33pm Lunch

12:37pm-1:27pm 6th Period

1:31pm-2:21pm 7th Period

2:25pm-3:15pm 8th Period




Students are expected to be in school, on time, every day.  It is understood that emergencies, illness and other factors may prevent perfect attendance; however, poor attendance and excessive tardiness directly contribute to poor performance of students.  Excessive absences, without proper medical documentation, may cause school officials to contact the Division of Family Services or the Division of Juvenile Justice for intervention and investigation of the situation, and follow through with discipline.



School personnel and parents must work together to ensure that children receive the best education possible and develop good habits that will help them to become productive citizens.  Good attendance at school is a vital component of a child’s educational experience. If the child is not at school it is doubtful that he/she will achieve to his/her fullest potential.  Sunrise R-IX students are expected to be in school and on time every day.


It is understandable that circumstances will occur which prevent perfect attendance.  Those include illness and unavoidable events that are no fault of the child. Parents are responsible for student attendance and encouraged not to plan family vacations during times that children are scheduled to be in school.  They are also urged to schedule routine medical appointments, such as physicals and orthodontist visits, outside of school time.


Parents should make extra efforts to see that their children are in school on time.  Students that come to school late are put into a difficult situation. The child misses the beginning of class and it is embarrassing to the child because of the disruption it causes to the classroom.  Students who are often tardy to school are also developing a habit that will hamper their ability to function successfully and is unacceptable in the work force.


Due to the importance of good and timely student attendance certain procedures have been established in an effort to promote the same.



To be eligible for perfect attendance and to receive the perfect attendance award, a student must be in school everyday school is in session, and miss no more than three hours total absences for the entire school year. (Attendance is kept hourly)  Students on field trips or other school-sponsored trips shall be counted as present in school.



An absence for any reason will be counted as an absence.  To determine if the absence was excused or unexcused students must turn in doctors’ notes on the day the student returns to school. Students  will be excused the amount of time noted on the doctor's note. Parents are expected to make the office aware of why students are missing school as soon as possible, as this would be considered pertinent information if needed during the appeals process.   If contact is not made, a student may be deemed truant. Students and parents should be aware that any absence deemed as truancy will count toward the total absences.


All absences in a semester will be entered as excused or unexcused.  Excused absences are defined as absences due to extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control that can be verified with written documentation.  Examples of acceptable documentation are doctor’s notes verifying the student is under a doctor’s care or absent due to a doctor’s appointment, a dentist note to verify a dental appointment that cannot be scheduled outside the school day, and/or written verification of absence due to a death in the family.  For the first six absences during a semester students may make up missed work for credit. After the sixth absence in a semester, students and parent/guardian will meet with the Attendance Committee to evaluate the reasons for all absences. The committee’s purpose is to provide support for parents/student to improve attendance.

  • Fifth-Eighth grade students that miss over 6 days in a semester that are not documented by a doctor’s note, will be required to make up these hours during a Saturday School.


The attendance office will make every effort to notify parents when a student has missed (3) days (by letter and /or other communication) and five days (by letter and /or other communication).  It is the parent’s responsibility to make school officials aware of the student’s absences as they occur. Students who are absent from school for a period of more than eight (8) days per semester without acceptable documentation will result in contact of the County Juvenile Office and/or the Children’s Division of Family Services.


Each year it is suggested that students are too sick to attend school; yet not sick enough to go to the doctor and students should not be penalized in such cases.  The six (6) days are designed for such situations. Students should not use any of the days unless absolutely necessary. If problems should arise later in the semester, enough days will be saved to cover the situation.  In most cases where complaints are received about unfairness of the policy, the student involved has not made wise use of days early in the semester, missing school for frivolous reasons, when he/she could have attended classes.



Truancy is defined as:

1. Absence from school without parental permission

2. Leaving school without following proper checkout procedures

3. Absent from class without permission, but still remaining on campus

4. Absent from where the student is supposed to be/designated location

It is important that students understand that the six days of absence are not to be construed as an approved six days to skip classes, but rather they are to be used only for the following:






Students who are absent from school for a full day may not attend school activities or functions, including athletic and music events, until they return to class after their absence.  However, if a student attends a half-day, (8:10am-11:30am or 11:30am- 3:10pm), they may participate in all extracurricular activities.  The principal will determine whether exceptions should be made.



When a student returns to school after an absence he/she is expected to make up all schoolwork missed.  Requests for homework to be picked up or sent home the day of the absence should be placed before noon. For each day missed the student will be given that same number of days to make up the assignment missed while absent.   Full credit should be given for properly executed make-up work following an absence. The student must assume the responsibility and effort for making up work.


When a student returns to school after an excused absence he/she should have the opportunity to make up all schoolwork missed.  The child should not be denied an education due to uncontrollable factors.

  • Requests for homework should be placed before noon.

  • For each day missed the student will be given that same number of days to make up the assignment missed while absent.  

  • Full credit should be given for properly completed make-up work following an excused absence.  The student must assume the responsibility and effort for making up work.

  • Students receiving Out of School Suspension (OSS) will be expected to make up work and take tests missed.  Work will be checked for accuracy and returned to the student. Credit will be given for work and tests that are completed for the first offense.  Subsequent offenses will result in no credit received.


Tardiness is the act of arriving late or delayed beyond the expected or proper time for school or class.    Tardiness will be counted as a discipline issue. A student who arrives tardy to school with no parental explanation for the tardiness may result with the student being charged with truancy.  A student who comes to class late without proper authorization is to be assessed a tardy.



If parents wish their child to leave school early, a written request and/or phone call should be made to the office before the time the student is to leave school. The child’s legal parent or guardian must accompany a student who leaves school grounds before school dismisses. Should there be unusual circumstances prohibiting the parent or guardian from accompanying the student, arrangements must be made through the office before the student will be allowed to leave with any other individual. Leaving school early will also count towards the total number of days a student is absent.


Under NO circumstances should a student leave the school grounds without permission from the school office or a teacher. The student must sign out in the Principal’s office and be accompanied by a properly identified adult or the student will be subject to disciplinary action.  


A change to your child’s afternoon ride directive for that day must be called in by 2:30 p.m. This will ensure safety and understanding for the student, their family and the teachers.


Parents are reminded that the school day consists of 7 hours and it should be stressed that the student should be present to obtain the maximum benefit from school.   

Permission to leave classes may be granted by the teacher in charge, who issues a hall pass or signs the student’s planner. The student should always carry a pass/planner when he/she is not in an assigned class.


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