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Attendance Accounting – Secondary

MANUAL - Regular daily school attendance is an integral component in supporting a student’s success in academic and life skills. Utah State Law requires that parents have their minor student (ages 6-17) enrolled in an educational program and attending on a regular basis. Utah law also requires the school to monitor a student’s attendance and communicate with the legal custodial parent(s) or guardian(s) when a non-attendance pattern develops (§53G-6-202).

Any time a student misses class it is considered an absence whether excused or unexcused. Students may be excused from school attendance for valid and legitimate reasons (§53G-6-201). Each school shall have an attendance policy that includes a plan to monitor and track student attendance with appropriate consequences,

A secondary attendance day consists of either a seven (7) or eight (8) period day. Skyward is the official program for attendance accounting and shall be used for any student enrolled in a Jordan District school. Absences shall be recorded in Skyward as follows:

  • A student is considered present if no attendance is marked for the period. (Some schools use the Skyward positive attendance program which is entered differently. )
  • Attendance is entered in Skyward by the end of each period by the classroom teacher.
  • A student is considered tardy “T” if the student comes to class after the bell but within the first ten (10) minutes of class.
  • If the student comes to class after the first ten (10) minutes of class they are considered “way late” and the attendance code of “W” may be entered in Skyward.
  • Schools may set up attendance requirements in Skyward which trigger a “No Grade” in a student’s gradebook for students who have not met attendance requirements. An NG results in a loss of credit for that class.
  • Schools may offer Attendance School for students to recover their credits due to absences.
  • Students may be required to attend  and charged a fee (according to unexcused absent type) to attend Attendance School.



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