According to Chief Communications Officer Zac Rantz, the new attendance standards will reduce the number of days from eight to 10 per semester that is considered as excessive.
Parents will receive written notification when a student reaches five and eight absences in a semester.
When a student reaches eight absences, the letter sent to parents will request a meeting with the parents, students and school administration to sign an attendance contract.
If additional absences are made, the county prosecutor and juvenile office will be notified and parents could face charges for educational neglect.
According to Rantz, since the implementation of the Attendance Protocol over 10 years ago with the cooperation of the Christian County Juvenile Office, Children’s Division, and then prosecutor Ron Cleek, Nixa’s attendance rate has increased and is among the highest in the area.
Rantz reports Nixa High School’s attendance rate is also among the highest in the state for high schools of similar size.
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