Parents are requested to
call the school by 7:30 a.m. on the day their child will not be able to
attend school. One reason for this is, of course, to help us keep track
of absences. The other equally important reason is to help protect
the safety of your children.
An absence can be reported to the attendance clerk from 7:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at 623-463-7667.
An absence can also be reported to the automated line, 623-848-8566,
EXT. 6203, twenty-four hours a day. If you are unable to call in your
child’s absence, a note must be sent the following day, or your child’s
absence will be marked unexcused.
To encourage and improve
school attendance, James W. Rice Primary School has implemented a
truancy program in partnership with Maricopa County Juvenile Court. This
truancy program is called C.U.T.S. (Court Unified Truancy Suppression).
We will be tracking attendance very closely. Your child is expected to
be at school every day, unless there is an excused reason not to be. An
absence is defined as a minimum of one missed class period per day. An
unexcused absence will count as a truant day as defined by law. A
student is “habitually truant” if he/she has five or more unexcused absences from school. A student that is absent more than ten percent(18 days) of the required number of school days per year is considered to have “excessive absences” whether the absence is excused or unexcused.
When a student has five or more unexcused absences or 19 excessive
absences (excused OR unexcused), the student can be cited to the CUTS
Program through the Juvenile Court. The hearing will be held on the
school campus with representatives from James W. Rice Primary and the
Juvenile Court. A parent or legal guardian must be present with the
student at the time of the hearing. Consequences at the hearing may
include the following: required attendance of the parent and the child
at an education class (may be held on Saturdays), work hours assigned to
the child, counseling, etc. The parent will be assessed a $50 Diversion
fee. Failure to complete these consequences may result in suspension of
your child’s driver’s license, or inability to get a driver’s license
until their 18th birthday and/or formal court proceedings. It
is the parent’s/ guardian’s responsibility to ensure their child’s
attendance in an approved academic setting. If you fail to take the
necessary steps to provide your child with appropriate education you may
receive a citation. If convicted, it is a Class 3 misdemeanor
punishable by jail time and/or fine.
The education of your
child is extremely important to us. This program is another way that
James W. Rice Primary is working with the community to ensure a quality
education for all students. Please note that the school also reserves
the right to have a CUTS Officer speak at Orientations and Assemblies,
as well as to individual groups of students regarding the importance of
school. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to
contact James W. Rice Primary at 623-848-8420.