Attendance Policy

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Parents are required to call the school or send a written reason for absence for all school absences. These attendance regulations are the requirements established by Senate Bill 181.

Attendance Regular attendance is required by law. Galion City Schools wishes to know at all times the whereabouts of the students. Parent/guardian of an absent student within 2 hours of the start of the school day. 

When your child is going to be absent due to illness, an appointment, or vacation, please notify the school's office before the missed days.

In case of injury or illness occurring, please call the day of the absence. If a phone call is impossible, be sure to have your child bring in a written excuse within 48 hours of his or her return. If phone contact is made a written excuse is not required. Failure to do either will result in an unexcused absence.

Attendance Requirements

A student must be present at least 3.5 hours of the school day in order to participate in any extracurricular or co curricular activities scheduled for that day. This includes practices, games, performances, etc. in athletic, music, club, or field trip activities.

The administration may waive this requirement if the student is absent for any of the following reasons:

   a. medical excuse (signed by an M.D., O.D., Dentist, Optometrist, etc.)

   b. a death in the family

   c. family vacation (this requires prior approval from the counselor/attendance office)

   d. extenuating or emergency circumstances

If the student is absent for illness or reasons other than those covered above, he/she may NOT participate in school activities that day.

Absences on Friday will have no bearing on participation in Saturday or Sunday school sponsored programs or activities.

*Parental excuses for absence due to illness will be accepted up to 10 days for the school year. After 10 days of absence a medical excuse will be required. Absences after 10 days without a medical excuse will be considered unexcused.


Students will be given reminder notifications to submit a note for their absence. If a note is not presented, a lunch detention may be assigned.

Regular attendance is necessary for teachers to give a student the best possible instruction. Even though a student may make up the actual class work missed because of absences, he/she may never be able to replace the social, educational or cultural contacts that are received only through actual classroom instruction and participation.

Refer to Board Policy 5200 for further details. 

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