• Attendance and Tardiness

    Student Code:  “Daily attendance of all who are enrolled in the Michigan Public Schools is required in accordance with the state law.  Section 380.1561 of the revised Michigan School Code states, ‘…every parent, guardian or other person in this state, having control and charge of a child between the ages of 6 to the child’s sixteenth birthday, shall send that child to a public school during the entire school year.  The child’s attendance shall be continuous and consecutive for the school year fixed by the school district in which the child is enrolled…A child becoming 6 years of age before December 1 shall be enrolled on the first day of the year in which the child’s sixth birthday occurs.’”  Students are expected to adhere to the specific attendance rules of their buildings.  Violation of attendance rules resulting in excessive or patterned absence will be referred to the Genesee County Prosecutor’s office for the purpose of criminal prosecution (Michigan Compiled Law 380.1599).


    Carman-Ainsworth - Baker Career Academy Attendance Rules

    Carman-Ainsworth High School Attendance rules are based upon the State of Michigan General School Law on compulsory school attendance quoted above in this Student Handbook.  The purpose of meeting attendance requirements is to maintain academic standards for earning credit.


    It is researched and documented that attendance and participation are an essential part of the learning process and are a vital component for academic achievement.  In addition, regular and punctual attendance are important traits of responsibility and self-discipline for students to develop.  Daily attendance will result in greater student success and more efficient use of the teacher’s time. Our goal is to maximize student performance and achievement.  School and home have a shared responsibility in assisting students to develop desirable habits of punctuality and attendance.



    1.     Absence

    Absence is arrival to class after the first 15 minutes of the class period or missing more than 15 minutes of class unless approved by a pass from a staff member.

    2.            Excused Absence

    An excused absence is one that is authorized by the parent/guardian via note or phone call to the student’s teacher(s) on the day the student returns to school/class.  Examples of absences that may be excused are those for illness, doctor’s appointments, funerals, family emergencies, or court appearances.  The parent’s authorization excuses the absence.  Excused absences count towards the total number of absences in a class.

    3.            Unexcused Absence

    An unexcused absence is any absence not authorized by the parent/guardian via note or phone call to the student’s teacher(s) on the day the student returns to school/class.  A student may make up work if an absence is unexcused, but he/she will not earn credit for this work at the discretion of the teacher.

    4.            Exempt Absence

    An absence that is automatically exempt from counting towards the 7 absences.  Examples include school-related events, school imposed suspensions, hospitalization, funeral of a family member, court appearance or medical exemptions (see attendance policy for clarification).

    5.            Tardiness

    A student is considered tardy if she/he is not inside the classroom door when the tardy bell rings.

    6.            School-Related

    A school-related absence is one which results from school-related activities, such as field trips, athletic events, performances and special projects, and approved conferences or meetings with school personnel.

    7.            Suspension

    A suspension is an exclusion from school or class, imposed by an administrator, for disciplinary reasons. The administrator will attempt to contact the parent by phone.  A written notification will be sent in the mail.

    8.    Attendance Policy

    Carman-Ainsworth - Baker Career Academy strongly believes that regular school attendance is imperative for academic success. Our data shows that, on the average, students who miss a large number of class periods are much more likely to fail a class than those with normal attendance.  Regular school attendance is not only required by law for students under 16 years of age, but is also important for all students as they prepare to become productive citizens.  All students will be held to this same standard, regardless of their class status.


    ¨                 Students under 16 years of age who obtain 15 or more absences from the beginning of the school year are subject to truancy penalties under the Compulsory School Attendance Act and may have a petition filed with Genesee County Attendance Court.

    ¨                 Attendance will be tracked on a course basis (thus a full day absence will be considered as one absence in each of a student’s six courses).

    ¨                 Students must not miss more than 7 class periods for any one course for the marking period.

    ¨                 Students who reach their 8th absence in any class will have violated the attendance policy for that class.  The student will remain in the class, will only be allowed to earn credit for the class by meeting the course test out requirements, and must attend school.  Students who continue to violate the attendance policy in excess and/or create a disruptive environment will be removed from class and placed in In-School Suspension for the remainder of the semester. 

    ¨                 Both excused and unexcused absences will count towards the total number of 7 absences.

    ¨                 Examples of absences that are automatically exempt from counting towards the 7 absences include: school-related events or school-imposed suspensions, hospitalization, funeral of a family member, court appearance, or medical exemptions (such medical exemptions are not simply “going to the doctor when ill,” but instead involve the doctor completing an exemption stating that the student is not to attend school for a certain period of time due to a medical condition).

    ¨                 Students have the opportunity to appeal the withdrawal of a class based on “extenuating circumstances.”  Said appeals will be heard by a committee comprised of two teachers and one administrator. The student’s counselor will also attend the appeal hearing as a student advocate and a non-voting member of the committee. A parent or guardian must accompany the student in the event of an appeal. The decision of this three-member committee will be final.


    The following communications will provide students and parents/guardians with progressive warning of a student’s failure to attend any single class on a regular basis:


    ¨                  4th Absence - The student will meet with the administrator and. The student will sign a letter stating the compulsory school attendance act and his/her understanding of the school attendance act, the Carman Park-Baker Career Academy attendance policy, and his/her presence at this meeting. A copy of this letter will be sent to the student’s home.

    ¨                  7th Absence - The student will meet with an administrator or his/her designee, and will be informed that missing the class period beyond a 7th absence will result in potential loss of credit in the class. An attempt will be made to contact the parent/guardian during this meeting. The student will sign a letter, and a copy of this letter will be sent to the student’s home.

    ¨                  8th Absence - The student will meet with an administrator or his/her designee, and will be offered to make up one absence after-school or at a Saturday-school session. Students acquiring more than 7 absences and failing to make-up their 8th absence will be REQUIRED to achieve at least a 78% on the final exam and complete any test-out requirements for the class in order to receive credit for that class. If successful, the student will have MET the requirements for credit in the class. Students not meeting the test out requirements will not receive credit for the course. Transcripts will read MET or NO CR (credit). There will be no letter grade given in either case.


    Attendance Contract for Excessive Absences/Appeal


    A student who accumulates more than 9 absences in a course (parent permitted or unexcused) will risk losing academic credit for that course and will enter into an attendance contract with the school which will detail the criteria for regaining the lost credit.


    To earn credit back in the course, you must:

    a) Show a marked improvement in attendance and tardies

    b) Complete class work and pass the course

            c) Upon completion of the above requirements, submit a written appeal to the principal or designee to reinstate credit at the end of the semester. 


    The appeal request must be in writing on the appropriate form and submitted to the building principal, or his/her designee, no later than two weeks prior to the end of the marking period. A committee will review the appeal and if the appeal for credit reinstatement is accepted, the student will receive the letter grade that was earned. If the appeal is denied, a score of 78% on the end of semester exam will be considered the equivalent of earning a passing grade and constitutes a qualifying score to earn credit in the course which will be marked as MET on the transcript. Otherwise the student will earn an E (no credit) for the course.


    ¨                  Attendance criteria will be in effect for all students including those who receive Special Education Services with a personalized Individual Education Plan (IEP). Due to the variance of student’s IEPs, each student violating the attendance policy will be addressed on an individual basis.


    As educators, we firmly believe that among our responsibilities to our students and our community is that of teaching students the skills necessary to be a productive worker and citizen. We know that one of the most important traits to employers is dependability and regular attendance. Therefore, it is our responsibility to instill the importance of daily attendance in our students, not just for the sake of gaining an education, but also to prepare them for success in the 21st Century.


    Makeup Work

    When a student is absent from school, it is his/her responsibility to request makeup work from teachers.  This applies to all absences, including school-related activities such as field trips, athletic events, performances, and special school projects.  A suspended student may make up work missed due to suspension, but all work must be submitted within twenty-four (24) hours of student’s return date.  (Refer to “Makeup Work” and “Suspension Procedures” in the Table of Contents.)