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Attendance Policy Update

March 12, 2020

Parents and Guardians,

In response to questions being asked about attendance, I want to share this information with you today.

For the current spring semester, no perfect attendance awards will be given to students. Parents, if this is something your student was pursuing, please explain that we are taking this step out of thoughtfulness for others and to encourage children who are not feeling well to stay home until they are able to return to school.  

We are fortunate that we are in a community that deeply values education and parents are committed to sending their children to school to obtain a quality education. We also have an attendance policy to encourage children to always take their studies seriously.   

Even with our commitment to education, our priority is always the health and safety of our students. Please, for the sake of your child and other families in our district, do not send your child to school when they are not well. 

I also would like to address our attendance requirements and to ease your concerns about how those policies will be implemented moving forward.  Owasso Public Schools will use an abundance of grace and common sense to support our students. This means that if your child exceeds the maximum number of absences for the semester, your principal will take into consideration the priority our district has placed on health and safety during this unique window of time-related to the coronavirus. Additionally, student absences during the two weeks following Spring Break will not count against semester final exemptions as long as a parent communicates those absences with the school.

We realize this approach could create a window for someone to take advantage of the situation, but we have faith in our families to help make wise decisions about their children's need to be home when not feeling well. In turn, our principals will work with families should any student have excessive absences due to illness or due to staying home to prevent the spread of illness to others.

Parents, you have been amazing partners with our school district during this time. We ask that you continue the health protocols we have been sharing with you.  

Thank you for your patience and support.

Amy Fichtner, Ed.D.