New Attendance Regulations
House Bill 66 (Alianna's Alert Law)
Beginning April 4 2019, Lorain City Schools parents/guardians will be notified that their child has been marked absent from school within 2 hours of their school’s start time. In compliance with the Ohio Alianna Alert Law the district will be adjusting our existing ROBO-CALL system to send out a call alerting parents of a child’s absence within this required timeframe. Our system will begin the ROBO-CALL process approximately 90 minutes after the school start time and calls take about 20-30 minutes to be placed. Calls go out automatically so if you call the attendance line or drop your child off after the computer system cut-off time you may receive a message stating your child is not in school or has not been excused. We also want to stress the importance of parents notifying their child’s school when there is an absence as well as the responsibility of the school to notify parents that the child is absent. Our hearts go out to the DeFreeze family and the district will do all it can to put the safety of our scholars first.
What this means by school:
Times of call
Attendance Phone Number
GENERAL JOHNNIE WILSON
HELEN STEINER RICE
In summary, attendance calls will be going out earlier and parents may still receive a call if the child was dropped off or called past the school cut off our time. Our computer system will make calls about 90 minutes after school begins.
House Bill 410
This school year, districts all across Ohio are adjusting to new regulations under House Bill 410. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, several changes take effect. As such, updated district policies and procedures will reflect the following changes:
How absences are tracked: Attendance is no longer tracked by days – it is tracked by hours. This is why we emphasize being “on time, every day, all day.” Every minute counts.
“Habitual truancy” is now defined as:
- Absent 30 or more consecutive hours without a legitimate excuse;
- Absent 42 or more hours in one school month without a legitimate excuse;
- Absent 72 or more hours in one school year without a legitimate excuse
“Excessive absences” are now defined as:
- Absent 38 or more hours in one school month with or without a legitimate excuse;
- Absent 65 or more hours in one school year with or without a legitimate excuse.
Truancy is now decriminalized, with several changes:
We know that students respond better to positive messaging, concrete rewards and peer pressure than they do to lectures from parents and teachers, or worse, criminal action. As such, the Lorain City Schools is taking the following steps:
- LCS will remove ‘excessive truancy,’ from its zero tolerance policy for violent, disruptive or inappropriate behavior;
- Students will not be expelled or receive out of school suspension for being truant. In addition, suspensions will not extend from one school year to another.
Family Support Plan
To support students and families in the TitanUp! Attendance initiative, the Lorain City Schools is taking several steps to engage students and families before filing a complaint with juvenile court. This includes:
STEP 1: Within seven days of the triggering absence, the building/district will:
- Refer the student to the Response to Intervention (RtI) Team, which consists of the student’s principal, a staff member who has a relationship with the student, and the student’s parent or guardian.
- Make three (3) meaningful attempts to secure the participation of the student’s parent or guardian on the absence intervention team (RtI team).
- Meaningful attempts may include contacting additional people from Emergency Medical Forms.
- After three meaningful attempts, if the district is unable to ensure parent participation, the team may develop the student’s absence intervention plan without the parent.
STEP 2: Within 10 days of the triggering absence, the student will be assigned to the selected absence intervention team;
STEP 3: Within 14 days after the assignment of the team, the district will develop the student’s absence intervention plan. The plan may include supportive services for students and families, counseling, parent education and parenting programs, mediation, and intervention programs available through juvenile authorities;
STEP 4: Within seven days after the plan is developed, the district shall make reasonable efforts to provide written notification to the student’s parent or guardian;
STEP 5: The student has 60 days to successfully implement the plan. If the student does not make progress on the plan within 61 days or continues to be excessively absent, the district will then file a complaint in the juvenile court.
Have questions? Please call (440) 830-4002
Or, check out our Attendance website at www.lorainschools.org/attendance