Mary Parr-Sanchez » Attendance & Student Support Services
Chronic absence from school often leads to low academic achievement and is a strong predictor of which students will eventually drop out of school. Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 10 percent or more of school days due to absence for any reason—excused absences, unexcused absences, or suspensions.
The purpose of the ASI is to establish a cohort of Attendance Success Coaches in elementary, middle, and high schools across the state whose role is to work with students, families, communities, schools, and districts to eliminate chronic absenteeism. Comprehensive community and school-based strategies and supports are critical to overcoming the barriers to school attendance faced by students of all ages and in all communities.
The ASI aligns with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) by focusing on the implementation of chronic absenteeism interventions before turning to punitive measures.
The ASI emphasizes early identification, parent notification, intervention, and community partnerships and is consistent with the best practices outlined in Every Student, Every Day: A Community Toolkit to Address and Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism, published by four federal agencies.
Additionally, the ASI outlines a tiered system of support that allows for local flexibility and ensures that preventative measures and interventions are exhausted prior to taking punitive action with chronically absent students.
- If PED supports the Attendance Success Initiative Programs and Attendance Success Coaches…
- Then schools will be better equipped to address chronic absenteeism.
- If schools are better equipped to address chronic absenteeism…
- Then student attendance will improve, allowing for more and better achievement opportunities.
 Therriault, S., Heppen, J., O’Cummings, M., Fryer, L., & Johnson, A. (2010). Early Warning System Implementation Guide: For Use with the National High School Center’s Early Warning System Tool v2.0. Washington, DC: American Institutes for Research, National High School Center.
Important LCPS Attendance Policies and Regulations
Policy/Regulation JEA: Compulsory School Attendance
- Policy JEA: Compulsory School Attendance
The policy establishes/explains:
- mandatory requirements of the New Mexico Compulsory School Attendance Law;
- procedures for recording absences and verification of excused and unexcused absences;
- procedures for monitoring attendance, including the 90 percent attendance requirement and its appeals process; and
- useful definitions, including half- and full-day absences (tardies) for elementary students.
- Regulation JEA: Compulsory School Attendance
- establishes guidelines for absences which are excused, including absences for student testing; school sports participation; field trips and academic competitions; visits to the school nurse, health center, guidance office and administrative office; and in-school suspension; and
- explains that if a student has an unexcused absence, he/she will have three school days to make up any missed school work, which will be graded and the final assignment grade reduced by 25 percent, due to the unexcused absence.
Policy/Regulation JHB: Students in Need of Early Intervention for Attendance
- Policy JHB: Students in Need of Early Intervention for Attendance
- Regulation JHB: Students in Need of Early Intervention for Attendance
The procedures for what to do at the 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 10th unexcused absences are explained. This was called Truancy until the law changed in 2009, and it was renamed Students in Need of Intervention for Attendance. Truancy Packet Procedure
- JHB-E2: Parent Notification of Conference English/Spanish
- JHB-E1: Student Attendance Intervention Plan English | Spanish
- JHB-E3: 10 Day Letter English | Spanish
- JHB-E4: Cover Letter
- Packet Procedure PowerPoint
- District Attorney Letter to Parents
Policy/Regulation JHD: Exclusions and Exemptions from School Attendance
- Policy JHD: Exclusions and Exemptions from School Attendance
- Regulation JHD: Exclusions and Exemptions from School Attendance
The regulation: The regulation establishes what is considered an excused absence, verification of absences, make-up work and prior approval for excused absences.
- Form JHD-E1: Excused Absence Request Form
Policy/Regulation IKF: Graduation/Credit Requirements
- LCPS Project Link Homeless Education
- Juvenile Assessment and Reporting Center (JARC) – The program works to identify and intervene in patterns of negative behavior of at-risk and delinquent youth. JARC provides an effective approach to minimize and prevent involvement in the formal juvenile justice system. http://newmexico.networkofcare.org
Please Report Child Abuse and Neglect
Every person who knows or has reasonable suspicion that a child is being abused or neglected in New Mexico MUST report the matter immediately. You can report by calling the child abuse hotline (1-800-797-3260, 1-855-333-SAFE  or #SAFE from a cell phone), or report it to a local law enforcement agency. Specific professionals mentioned under the law as mandated reporters are: licensed physicians, residents or interns; law enforcement officers; judges presiding during a proceeding; nurses; school teachers and school officials; social workers; and members of the clergy who have information not privileged as a matter of law.