STUDENT ATTENDANCE


There is probably no factor more important to successful school progress than regular and punctual school attendance. Students who are tardy or absent excessively from their instructional program fall behind in academic achievement. Excessive school absenteeism precedes grade failure, loss of interest, and may result in students withdrawing from school.


Parents and students are responsible for attendance, which is required by law during the 180 days that school is in session. Attendance is defined as the following: 1) school attendance – must be present for at least two hours of the day or engaged in a school-approved educational activity, 2) class attendance – must be present in class for at least half of the class period.


The following absences will be considered reasonable excuses for time missed at school: personal illness of the student, student medical appointment, death in the immediate family, observance of religious holidays, subpoena by law enforcement agency or mandatory court appearance, outdoor suspensions, family leave time for military-connected students, and documented absences beyond the control of the parent or student as approved by the principal.


Any absence that does not fall into one of the above excused absence categories is to be considered unexcused. Absences are initially recorded as “unexcused” and will be changed to “excused” upon receipt of the required documentation from the parent. Parents are responsible for reporting and explaining the absence or tardiness to the school within three days of the student’s return to school or the absence will remain as unexcused.


If the absences are excused, all educational requirements for the course shall be met before a passing grade and/or credit is assigned. The student shall have up to three school days to submit make-up work for excused absences or in a period of time equal to the number of days absent. Unexcused absences do not require that the teacher provide make-up work for the student.


M-DCPS oversees truancy intervention efforts for students ages 6-17 who are deemed habitually truant. Those students may be referred to a designated social service agency after required escalating services have been exhausted.


Students between the ages of 14 and 18 classified as habitually truant are reported to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the student will be ineligible to receive or maintain driving privileges. Driving privileges may be reinstated upon demonstration of 30 consecutive days of attendance without any unexcused absences.


Specific guidelines for student attendance are reflected in The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida Policy 5200, Student Attendance, http://www.neola.com/miamidade-fl/ with specific procedures delineated in the Student Attendance Reporting Procedures Handbook Grades PK-12 http://ehandbooks.dadeschools.net/policies/89.pdf.


Tardiness to School

Number of Tardies/ Consequence
1st – 3rd Warning
4th – 10th Detention
11th – 13th SCSI 1 Day
14th – 15th SCSI 2 Days
16 and above Administrative Action

Excessive tardies and absences are among the early warning indicators for students being unsuccessful academically. As a result, we take tardies seriously at Norland and make every effort to encourage students to be on time. A student that is excessively tardy to school or class will ultimately face the consequences listed above.


INTERNET USE

The School Board provides students access to a large variety of technology and network resources which provide multiple opportunities to enhance learning and improve communication within the school district and the community. All users must, however, exercise appropriate and responsible use of school and District technology and information systems. Users include anyone authorized by administration to use the network. This policy is intended to promote the most effective, safe, productive, and instructionally sound uses of network information and communication tools.

The District network is defined as all computer resources, including software, hardware, lines and services that allow connection of district computers to other computers, whether they are within the district or external to the District, including connection to the Internet with any device while on school property. The Board shall maintain a system of internet content filtering devices and software controls that meet the Federal standards established in the Children’s Internet Protection Act. (CIPA).


Responsible Use

Responsible use of the District's technology resources is expected to be ethical, respectful, academically honest, and supportive of the school’s mission. Each user has the responsibility to respect every other person in our community and on the Internet. Digital storage and electronic devices used for school purposes will be treated as extensions of the physical school space. Administrators, or their designees, may review files and communications (including electronic mail) to ensure that users are using the system in accordance with District policy and administrative procedures and guidelines. Users do not have any expectation of privacy in files stored electronically which may be subject to disclosure pursuant to Florida’s Public Records Act.

Users are expected to comply with the following rules of network etiquette, including but not limited to:

 

A.

Use of the District’s network, electronic devices, and social media must be consistent with the District’s educational objectives, mission, and curriculum.

 

B.

Transmission of any material in violation of any local, Federal, and State laws is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, licensed material, and defamatory, threatening, offensive, or obscene material.

 

C.

Intentional or unintentional use of District resources to access or process, proxy sites, pornographic material, explicit text or files, or files dangerous to the integrity of the network is strictly prohibited.

 

D.

The network may not be used to send or receive messages that discriminate on any protected basis as delineated in the Board’s Anti-Discrimination Policy 5517.

 

E.

Cyberbullying is prohibited at all times, on school grounds or off, whether using District-owned equipment and networks, social media or personally owned equipment and broadband connections of any kind. See Policy 5517.01, Bullying and Harassment.

 

F.

Software, services, games, applications, video or audio files, or streaming media without educational value may not be installed, uploaded, or downloaded on school devices without prior authorization by a teacher of administrator.

 

G.

Use of District or network resources for commercial activities, product advertisement, religious or political campaigning, lobbying, or solicitation is prohibited.

 

H.

Accessing chat rooms or instant messaging using the District’s network is prohibited.

 

I.

Bypassing the District’s content filter without authorization is strictly prohibited.

 

J.

Users may not share their passwords and are expected to act with due care in maintaining their passwords private and secure.

 

K.

Users may be held personally and financially responsible for malicious or intentional damage or interruptions to network service, software, data, user accounts, hardware, and/or any other unauthorized use.

 

L.

Files stored on District-managed networks and hardware are the property of the District and may be inspected at any time.

 

M.

Materials published electronically must be for educational purposes. Administrators may monitor these materials to ensure compliance with content standards.

Procedures for Use

 

A.

Student users must always get permission from teachers or facilitators before using the network or accessing any specific file or application.

 

B.

Students shall receive education about the following:

 

 

1.

safety and security while using e-mail, chat rooms, social media, and other forms of electronic communications;

 

 

2.

the dangers inherent in online disclosure of personally identifiable information; and

 

 

3.

the consequences of unauthorized access (e.g., hacking, cyber-bullying, and other unlawful or inappropriate activities online).

 

C.

All student users (and their parents if they are minors) are required to sign a written agreement annually, or at the time of enrollment, to abide by the terms and conditions of this policy and its administrative procedures and guidelines.

 

D.

If authorization has been specifically given by the school for use within the District’s educational mission, students may bring their own device such as a laptop computer, a smartphone or cellular phone, or any other device that may access the school or District network. Students and parents must submit a contract for use of the device before being allowed to use it. Students will be notified of any additional responsibilities for use of these devices. The contract must be maintained in the student’s cumulative file.

 

E.

Students shall not (1) access or use another person’s account without written permission; (2) share their password with anyone else or engage in activities that would reveal anyone’s password; (3) allow others to access a computer that the user is logged on to; or (4) ever sign in, or attempt to sign in, as another person.

Social Media

Social media is defined as internet-based applications (such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.) that facilitate interactive dialogue between users. The Board encourages the use of social media technologies and platforms to promote District schools and programs and to transmit information relevant to the District and/or schools.

When using social media, students shall comply with the same responsible use rules outlined above for Internet and District network use. In addition, students will not represent or create the inference on any social media posting that they speak on behalf of the school, the District or the Board, or its members. Use of the District’s network or and equipment for personal social media activities is prohibited. Students may be disciplined by the District for inappropriate social media behavior even if it occurs off school grounds.

Violations and Sanctions

Accessing the Internet or District network is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use and violation of this or any other Board policy may result in cancellation of the privilege. Inappropriate material and use is defined as any material or use that is inconsistent with the goals, objectives, and policies of the educational mission of the District. Any user can be denied access temporarily or permanently if the school, Regional Center, or District administrator determines that a user has used the Internet or District network in an inappropriate or unacceptable manner. Students may also be disciplined pursuant to the applicable Code of Student Conduct, Policy 5510. Students may also be subject to other legal action.