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Attendance Policy

Important Student Attendance Updates for the 2023-2024 School Year


Student attendance is critical to the learning process. State law requires every school district to collect and review its absence data and determine how to support families to encourage the habit of daily attendance to promote success.


It is important to note that under Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) rules, students who have absences that total 10% (18 days) or more of school in the current academic year, including both excused and unexcused absences, are considered “chronically absent.”


FSD 157-C will offer supportive services to chronically absent students including parent conferences, educational support, and resources for those who may need further community services. To ensure that families have accurate information on their child’s attendance data, parents and guardians may check PowerSchool at any time.


In addition, administrators from our three schools will contact families when a student has a combined unexcused and excused absence total of 9 days missed from school. Administrators will again contact families if their child then reaches an unexcused/excused absence total of 15 days out from school. Please note these messages will be sent not only in compliance with ISBE requirements, but also to assist and support families in any way possible.


We also believe that it is completely necessary for children to miss school when sick and encourage families to make student attendance decisions based on what is best for the health of their child. In the event of any absence, parents and/or guardians should call their child’s school prior to the times listed below to communicate the absence:


  • Hickory Creek Middle School: Prior to 7:45 AM
  • Grand Prairie Elementary School: Prior to 8:00 AM
  • Chelsea Intermediate School: Prior to 9:00 AM

For further information on student attendance, and all other important policies for families, you may find our Parent and Student Handbook for the 2023-2024 school year at the link HERE.