Ohio’s New Attendance Policy

State of Ohio legislators recently passed a new attendance policy that affects all students for the 2017-18 school year.

Ohio House Bill 410 was passed, and with this new policy, school absences will be counted by hours instead of days. This means that students will be considered “habitually truant” or “excessively absent” after missing a certain number of hours.

Intervention strategies will be used after a student reaches set numbers of missed hours, this includes, but is not limited to phone calls and face to face meetings.

Also, with the new policy in place, districts are to implement Absence Intervention Plans for those students meeting a defined level of absence.

For more information and specific examples, please refer to the Jackson High School Student Handbook on pages 24-26 or contact the Jackson High School Office.

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