New Attendance Policy

October 28, 2019

Look for 2019-2020 school year new Attendance Policy.


Attached is our updated attendance policy for the 2019-2020 school year. (Click Here) Over the course of the past several months, our Leadership Team has been working with teachers, students, and community members to gather feedback on the previous attendance policy and make any necessary revisions.  This updated policy fits not only the expectations of the state and SCPS, but it also reflects our philosophies here at Lake Brantley High School.  Some highlights of our new policy are as follows:

  1. Lake Brantley High School understands that it is not feasible in a lot of situations to acquire documentation for each absence for our students.  Not every student goes to the doctor when they are sick, etc.  Therefore, it is no longer necessary to distinguish between excused and unexcused absences from an academic standpoint.  Lake Brantley still encourages families to excuse their child's absences, if possible, so that certain privileges like acquiring/maintaining their drivers license remain possible.  However, LBHS will not be differentiating between these absence types from the standpoint of turning in make-up work.  In both instances of either excused or unexcused absences, the student will get the absence day PLUS one day to turn their assignments in (and any additional time afforded to them by their 504/IEP if applicable).
  2. Each student will be allowed 15 absences per class, per semester, before they are in jeopardy of losing credit for that course.  This is a total number of absences.  The only absence types not included in this total are absences due to a court order/subpoena, religious holiday observances, or school activities and field trips.  Any absence over the 15th absence in each class must be excused.  Any student who has already accumulated more than 15 absences already this year will be contacted with what they should do for the remainder of the semester.
  3. Make-up time sessions, such as CROP, or any other credit recovery sessions outside of the normal school day, have been dissolved.  Lake Brantley does not feel that these sessions are academically relevant to the standards of our courses.
  4. Students with excessive absences may be in jeopardy of not being able to participate in extra-curricular privileges, such as athletics, homecoming and/or prom, parking on campus, etc.  Regular attendance is required for these activities.  

Our goal with this new policy, as always, is to continue to encourage our students to come to class.  We think that these adjustments are not only student friendly, but also will help us focus on keeping them in class safe and learning throughout the school day.  We know many of you will have questions about the new policy, so in an attempt to address these you may feel free to reply to this email.  I will also be doing a town hall style Q&A session with some students about the new policy that will air on Patriot TV in the very near future.

I want to thank you all for your patience and understanding while we put together a policy that fits our student body and what we believe in here at Lake Brantley High School.  We appreciate all that you do to make this the premier high school in central Florida.  Go Patriots!

Brian Blasewitz


Lake Brantley High School