The Board of Education of the Special School District of Fort Smith recognizes that prompt, regular attendance is extremely important. Excessive absenteeism not only adversely affects the learning process of students but also may impede their normal progression through the grades. The Board expects each student to attend all scheduled classes and daily activities except when the principal or principal’s designee has excused a student. Students who report to school but fail to attend all scheduled classes and activities, except where officially excused, are contributing to the potential disruption of the instructional program.
Parents, guardians or persons in loco parentis have the responsibility to require of their students prompt, regular school attendance. Parents should familiarize themselves with the educational program of the school and rules regarding attendance and student behavior. Failure to comply may result in a court penalty including, but not limited to, a fine up to $500. (Act 473, 1989, as amended)