All residents of school age in the Hudson R-IX school district shall be required to attend school in accordance with the compulsory attendance laws of the State of Missouri and the rules and regulations of the Board of Education.
Due to the increased number of children being abducted and showing up in missing persons reports, additional safeguards will be implemented at the school regarding student absences. Parents are requested to call the school before 9:00 a.m. if their child will not be attending. If the school does not hear from the parent, an attempt will be made to call the parent. In the cases when a phone is not available, parents are required to send a note with the child when he/she returns to school, stating the reasons for the absence.
Pupils are deemed to be under the jurisdiction of the school from the time they leave home for school until they return home from school at the end of the school day. For students who must leave the school campus for any reason during the day, the parent/guardian must check in through the office and must sign them out with the classroom teacher.
The importance of attendance in school cannot be stressed too much, nor the value of the instruction received in the classroom over-emphasized. Lectures, discussions, and interpretations, when a student is absent, cannot be made up even if he/she tries. The student can only make up the writing and reading materials missed during the absence. Due to these factors, it is quite possible that passing grades will not be obtainable by a student that has excessive absences.
Illness of pupil, death in the family or near relative, medical/dental appointments (when necessary) shall be the only legitimate excuses for absence.
Valid reasons for acceptable make-up work shall be determined by the classroom teacher.
For purposes of ascertaining perfect attendance, any child who is away from school for thirty (30) minutes will be considered as having been absent. This includes arriving late and leaving early in the day.
Any student who attends Hudson R-IX and accumulates unexcused or unverifiable absences may be referred to the offices of the proper county authorities, usually the Juvenile Officer and/or Division of Family Services.