OCSD Attendance Policy & Ruckel Non-Interruption Policy

It is important to be in class on time when lessons begin and to receive the entire period of instruction.
It is imperative that other students' instruction is not interrupted by tardies and early checkouts.

  • No phone call is necessary the day your student is out; howeer, a written note is required to be sent with your student the day they return to school.
  • The student must bring the note to the front office when they arrive on campus and an attendance pass will be issued.
  • No absence will be excused without a written note.

School board attendance policies are listed below.

  • Students will have five (5) school days, including the day they return, to bring in written verification for an excused absence. The absence will be considered unexcused if the school does not receive written verification for the excused absence within that time frame.
  • After the ninth (9th) absence (excused or unexcused) per semester, a letter will be sent to the parents or legal guardian notifying them of the necessity for a doctor's excuse or an excuse from an official agency. In addition, this letter will notify parents of the consequences of any additional absences.

  • After the fifteenth (15th) absence per semester, no make-up work will be allowed. The student can still pass the class, if at the end of the semester s/he has a passing grade.
  • A notification letter will be sent home when a student has between 5 and 8 days absent (excused or unexcused) and again when the student has 10 days absent (excused or unexcused).
  • When a student has 14 days absent, a letter will be sent home requesting a conference with a parent.

  • Students will be allotted 5 school days to complete assignments following an excused absence. The 5 day period begins the day the student returns to school.
  • Early assignment requests should be made by the student directly to the teacher. Teachers will have the choice to give early assignments or to wait till the student returns to class.

  • Excessive tardiness to school may cause the student to struggle in class. Even 10 minutes late may result in missed class work and assignments. If a student has four or more unexcused tardies in a nine weeks the student will meet with the principal. Subsequent unexcused tardies will result in parents being contacted and disciplinary action taken.

  • Unexcused tardies to class are considered misconduct. After two unexcused tardies in a nine week grading period, the teacher may assign morning detention.
  • If a student misses more than 50% of a class period it is considered an absence from that class.

    To ensure that all students receive quality, uninterrupted instructional time, Ruckel Middle School will not interrupt class time. Office staff will not be responsible for delivering items of non-instructional nature (balloons, flowers, food, etc.) to students during the school day. If parents deliver an item of instructional nature, the front office will contact the teacher during the last few minutes of class to notify your child. Students may stop by the office to pick up the item between classes.

    Middle school is designed to nurture students, yet give them logical consequences that improve academic behaviors and teach responsibility. The good work and study habits that your child develops in middle school have the greatest impact on their grade point average in ninth grade, when it really counts.

    Any questions? Please call the Attendance Office at 833-4142.
    See Policy Letter Here
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Last Updated December 28, 2018