• WCSD Attendance Policy

    The WCSD Board of Trustees has an established policy requiring 90% attendance for a student to earn credit in any given course.  If a student has more than 5 absences in any period, the student is consider chronic absentissm per the attendance policy.

     

    If your student is absent, notify us as soon as possible.

    Per district policy, a written note or a phone call from a parent or guardian must be received within 3 days of your student's return to school after an absence.  This notification is required regardless of the reason for the absence (including medical reasons).  Calls/notes received after 3 days of your student's return will still be considered an unexcused absence.

    To notify us about absences we can be reached at 775-851-5630 - option 1.  You can also email us at galenahsattendance@washoeschools.net.

    Attendance Procedures for 2020-2021 School Year

    Attendance Mandate:

    • NRS 392.122 establishes that minimum attendance is required for promotion to the next grade.

    • Chronically absent students include students who are absent for any reason (e.g., illness, doctor’s appointments, suspension, the need to care for a family member), regardless of whether absences are excused or unexcused.

    Attendance for 2020-2021 School Year:

    • Students will be classified each day as “present” or “absent.” The reason for each absence will no longer be considered; if a student is absent, they will be listed as “absent from school.”

    • All students should make up any missed work resulting from an absence to keep up with their classes. However, make-up work will not remove the absence from their records.

    • Students will no longer fail a class based only on attendance at the High School level or be retained based only on attendance at the Elementary/Middle School level.

    Make-up work:

    • Teachers can still provide make-up work or go over the concepts missed for students who missed instruction.

    • Students will have the number of days absent plus one to make up missing work beginning on the day the teacher provides the missed assignments to the student. The teacher may assign a student additional day(s).

    • Once the completed make-up work has been returned or the missing concepts grasped the teacher will update the grade book to reflect this.

    Attendance Procedures:

    • If a student(s) is ill please keep the student(s) home from school.

    • Families must call the school each day their student(s) is absent to acknowledge their absence and ensure their safety.

    • Families must provide a verbal or written excuse explaining the reason for the absence prior to, during, or within three days after an absence.

    • All absences will count against the student’s chronic absenteeism. This is a federal and state measure that WCSD does not control.

    • Students have the opportunity to complete make up work or concepts missed from the absence; however the absence will still count towards chronic absenteeism.

    • If the student is absent due to illness and is seen by a health care professional, families can provide a note from the health care professional to the school. This absence will count against the student’s chronic absenteeism

    • If a student is going to be absent for 3 or more days, families must provide a note to school two days prior to their absence so that work can be obtained prior to leaving.

    • Families are encouraged to notify their school of any changes to their contact information, including phone numbers, email address, home address, and emergency contact information.

     

    Tardies and Truancies

     

    Tardies

    • The first four tardies in a semester are "free" tardies.  No consequences will be assigned.
    • The fifth tardy requires the attendance office to assign a reflection activity during lunch.
    • The sixth tardy will receive 2 reflection activities.
    • The seventh tardy will receive one hour of school beautification to be completed after school.  The discipline office may also hold a parent conference.
    • The eighth tardy received 2 hours of school beautification to be completed afterschool
    • The ninth tardy and beyond will result in suspension.

    Truancy - Full Day

    First Offense

    • The parent notified and a letter is sent home.
    • The student must complete two reflection activities.

    Second Offense

    • The parent notified and a letter is sent home.
    • Student must complete four reflection activities.
    • A student warned of the third consequence.

    Third Offense

    • The parent notified and a letter is sent home.  At this point, students may be cited by law enforcement.

    The student must complete 2 hours of school beautification or instructional recovery afterschool

     

    Questions?

    Call us at 775-851-5630 - option 1 - or contact us at galenahsattendance@washoeschools.net.  For more information on WCSD's attendance policy click here.


    "When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating." - Attendance Works