The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

September 20, 2011

New rules set for unexcused absences

BY AUTUMN KIRKLAND
Danville High School

DANVILLE — The Danville District 118 Board of Education has a new approach for unexcused absences.

Students will not be allowed to attend extra school functions such as basketball games, football games, homecoming activities, etc., if they have more than nine unexcused absences during the academic school year.

The reason for the change in the attendance policy is due to the high absentee rate at Danville High School.

Students have varying ideas concerning the issue.

“People shouldn’t be rewarded when you’re missing school and don’t have a good reason behind it,” said Chelsea Thomas, a sophomore at DHS. “To me, the punishment should help the students who think it’s OK.”

Some students oppose the new rule and think it will not make an impact.

“I feel it’s stupid and redundant because no one is going to listen to them and it’s not going to make the students come to school,” said Lyric Hicks, also a sophomore. “They’re still going to do what they want to do, so what’s the point?”

All absences are not considered unexcused absences. Students who miss class due to illness, family emergencies or other school-related functions are considered excused with proper documentation from a teacher, doctor, parent or legal guardian.

All absences that are not accompanied by any documentation are considered unexcused.

With this new rule taking effect immediately, the board of education hopes to reduce the absentee rate and increase student responsibility at the high school level.

Editor's note: This story was written by a Danville High School student and published here in an agreement with the school.