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Student Absence Guidelines

Reported by natalie_ross@ipsd.org on 4/22/21

Dear Parents of In-Person Students,

I am writing to update and share with you how we are handling times when students are not able to attend school. While it may seem easy for students to switch back and forth between remote and in-person, it diminishes the learning experience for all students because time is spent regrouping students, ensuring students have the right materials in the right format, etc. To provide greater consistency for students and staff we will be following these guidelines:

Sick Students

Although it is tempting to simply have students be “remote” during their time at home, it is more important that they rest and recover from illness and return to school as soon as they are well. With that in mind, if students aren’t feeling well enough to attend in person they should stay home and not log on to the class Zoom. Please share your child’s specific symptoms/reasons for staying home with the health office when calling them in for the day to be marked absent. Should our nursing staff have any further questions for you, they will contact you.

Quarantined Students

If a student is required to quarantine and is feeling well, they should log on and Zoom with the class until they return to in-person learning.

Other Absences

District 204 schools have been deemed safe and are actively following safety precautions and IDPH guidelines. If families wish to keep their child home for reasons other than quarantine, they will be marked absent and should not attend via Zoom. Parents have the option to switch their children to remote instruction, but they must remain remote for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

Our goal is to provide the best learning experience possible for every student. Consistency of in-person attendance is an important piece of student growth. We are grateful for your commitment to providing this consistency throughout the remaining weeks of the school year.


Thank you for your continued support.

-Dave

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