Attendance Highlights
Beginning Second Semester 2014-15

Classroom attendance instills a concept of self-discipline, exposes a student to group interactions with teachers and fellow students, and enables a student to hear and participate in class discussion and other related learning experiences.  With that understanding, the Livonia 
Public Schools encourages daily attendance and has deemed thirteen absences in a class during a given semester as an excessive amount.

Beginning with the second semester of the 2014-145 school year, teachers will have the prerogative to include absences as a consideration in 
determining a student’s grade in a course.  

Any teacher who chooses to utilize attendance as a factor in determining a student’s grade may do so with the following understandings:

1. The teacher’s implementation must apply to every student and every class. Classroom teachers will need to inform students that excessive absences as outlined in this addendum will be a consideration in the calculation of semester grades.  

2. Beginning with the 13th absence in a class, the student’s semester grade will be negatively impacted for not being present in class.

3. For each absence above thirteen in a class, the student’s semester grade will be reduced by one third of a grade.  For example, a student who has earned a B- for their semester grade report, but who was absent sixteen times during the semester, will have their grade reduced by one step and assigned a C+ by the teacher for the semester grade.  A student who has earned a B- for their semester grade report, but who has twenty absences during the semester, will have their grade reduced by five steps and will be assigned a letter grade of D by the teacher for the semester.

4. The lowest a grade may be reduced due to excessive absences is a D-.  For example, a student who has earned a C for their semester grade, but who has thirty-two absences can at most have their semester grade reduced to a D-.

5. The only grade this policy applies to is the semester grade.  There will be no adjustment of grades for the marking periods. 

6. Regardless of a student’s accumulated absence count, that student may still earn a failing grade for their semester grade due to lack of academic performance.

7. Teachers will need to make and record a personal contact with a parent between the seventh and the tenth absence.  Contacts may be made through email or over the phone and should serve as a warning that excessive absences will lead to a grade reduction.  

8. Minimally, the EDULINK automated notification system will be programmed to send a phone message to parents at every absence and an email message on the eighth and twelfth absence with the warning of a potential grade reduction if absences exceed the excessive 

9. Any grade reduction through this intervention will have to be done manually by the teacher.  The computer system will not reduce grades based on absences.  Teachers will have to subtract thirteen from the student’s total absences.  The difference will be the number of 
steps the semester grade will be reduced.

10. School Business absences are not to be included in a student’s accumulated absence count and may not lead to a reduction of a student’s grade. 

11. With medical documentation or other reasonable discretionary consideration, the school administration may revise or waive a student from the grade reduction aspects of this. The assistant principal will create an expanding ‘Grade Reduction Waiver List’ that will identify students who are to be exempt from this attendance intervention. Teachers will ensure that there is no reduction of grades for students that have been 

12. For students with eight or more absences at the mid-semester marking period, the teacher will check the comment “Grade may be reduced due to excessive absences” on the report card.  A teacher who reduces a student’s grade through this addendum, must check the comment on the semester report card comment section that reads the “Grade has been reduced due to excessive absences”.