Students who miss a day of school must submit an Excused Absence Form to the Attendance Office in order for the absence to be excused from their attendance record. Classroom teachers cannot excuse a student's absence from class. Excused Absence Forms can be downloaded and printed from home using the links below or in the Quick Links section of the home page.
Students who miss 3 or more consecutive days of school must additionally submit a doctor's note in order to have the absences excused. Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Attendance Office at 702-799-0180 x4300.
DMV ATTENDANCE INFORMATION
Beginning January 1, 2015, anyone under the age of 18 who applies for an instruction permit, driver’s license or driver authorization card must provide the DMV with proof that he or she meets the minimum Nevada school attendance requirements. The applicant must submit a Certification of Attendance (DMV-301) Form when applying for an instruction permit. If a student’s permit or license is suspended because of truancy, a new DMV-301 must be submitted at the time of reinstating the permit or license. You can fill out a form request here.
Students attending high school must have the principal or other school official complete Section 1 of the form.
Students who are excused from attendance requirements because of disability or home schooling must have a parent or guardian complete the first part of Section 2.
Students who have completed high school or the equivalent must have a parent or guardian complete the first part of Section 2, complete the second part of Section 2 and provide a diploma or a Certificate of High School Equivalency
The Certification of Attendance form is also used to suspend or deny the driving privileges of a student who has been declared a habitual truant.
PLEASE NOTE: Students are allowed 7 unexcused absences for the whole year and 3.5 unexcused absences per semester before driving privileges are revoked.
Attendance Enforcement for Secondary School Students Grades 9-12
The Nevada Revised Statutes provide corrective steps and/or sanctions to be taken or applied when a student does not attend school. Excessive Absenteeism; Issuance of Failing Grades; Retention (secondary students).
Secondary students who exceed seven (7) unapproved absences in any course during the semester shall receive a failing semester grade for that course.
For the purpose of this subsection, all prearranged absences in excess of seven (7) during a a school year shall be considered unapproved.
Students who lose credits in three (3) or more classes may be referred to an alternative educational program.
TRUANCY LAW CHANGES
Attendance is vital to your child's academic success in school. In 1999, the laws about school truancy were changed to reduce the high rate of habitual truants in schools. The following are major changes to the law:
The principal of the school is required to report the pupils who are habitually truant to law enforcement.
A habitual truant is defined as "a student who has three unapproved or unexcused absences within one school year."
A truant is a pupil who is absent from school without the written approval of the teacher or principal of the school, unless the pupil is physically or mentally unable to attend school.
If a pupil is absent due to physical or mental reasons the parent must notify the school in writing within three (3) days of the absence pursuant CCSD regulation 5113; Section C, Subsection IV.
The district's policies and regulations regarding student attendance are continually being reviewed. Parents will receive additional information in the event of any changes in the regulations. Please review this law with your son or daughter so that we can promote high standards for attendance and student achievement.
LAS VEGAS HIGH SCHOOL TARDY POLICY
Students who are not physically present in the room when the tardy bell rings but report to class after that time is to be marked tardy. Students who are more than thirty (30) minutes late to any class shall be marked absent from that class.