The Law- The only valid reasons for absences from school are: personal illness, serious illness in the family, death in the immediate family, or observances of established religious holidays.

The Louisiana Compulsory Attendance Law is contained in Act 109 of the Legislature, paragraph 226 of Louisiana Law. It further states that persons who habitually violate this compulsory attendance law will be prosecuted by the courts. (Prosecution will normally include parents, as well as children and will be 

preceded by sufficient notification.)  The penalty for habitual violations ranges from fines to actual jailing of parents and placing students in correctional facilities

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, at its regular meeting on July 28, 1993, adopted new attendance requirements for students attending public schools. The requirements are now in effect, and are stated here.

In order to be eligible to receive grades, high school students shall be in attendance a minimum of eighty-three (83) days per semester. Elementary students shall be in attendance for one hundred sixty seven (167) days per year.  The days absent for elementary and secondary students shall include excused absences, and suspensions.

Students shall be considered excused from school for personal illness, serious illness in the family, death in the family (not to exceed one week), or for recognized religious holidays of the student’s own faith and shall be given the opportunity to make up the work missed

Students shall not be excused from any absences other than those listed and shall be given failing grades in those subjects for those days missed, with no make-up work allowed.

Students missing school as a result of suspension shall be assigned school work missed and may receive up to fifty percent (50%) credit for such work if it is completed satisfactorily and timely as determined by the principal, upon the recommendation of the student's teacher. Students will be given one day for each day missed to make up work.

The only exception to the attendance regulation shall be the delineated extenuating circumstances that are verified by the principal or designee. Extenuating circumstances are as follows:

1. Extended personal physical or emotional illness as verified by a physician.

2. Extended hospital stay as verified by a physician.

3. Extended recuperation after an accident as verified by a physician.

4. Extended contagious disease within a family as verified by a physician.

5. Prior school system approved travel for education.

6. Death in the family (not to exceed one week).

7. Natural catastrophe and/or disaster.

Procedure - Students returning to school after an absence are to obtain an admit slip from the office at the beginning of the school day. A student will be expected to bring a note from one of his parents stating the reason for the absence. Anyone failing to have this note will be dealt with in a manner prescribed by the