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STUDENT ATTENDANCE


Attendance Requirements

Louisiana requires students to attend school for a certain number of days to be promoted to the next grade and earn credit for a course. Under the law, students must attend school from age 7 to 18 or until they graduate from high school. Students are required to attend school regularly and must attend at least 167 days to earn credit and be eligible for promotion to the next grade.

When a student misses school, their absence falls under four categories:

  • Exempted and excused: The student is allowed to make up the missed work and the absence is not counted against the attendance requirement. Examples are extended illness documented by a doctor, court appointments, or academic events (i.e. college orientation day.) There is no limit to these absences.
  • Non-exempted and excused: The student is allowed to make up the missed work but the absence is counted against the attendance requirement. An example is personal or family illness documented by a parent’s note. The number of non-exempt and excused absences is based on the number of school days offered. Schools are required to offer 177 days of school, which means a student can be absent ten days.Examples are parental excuses, religious events, etc.
  • Unexcused: The student is not allowed to make up the missed work and the absence is counted against the attendance requirement. An example is skipping school.
  • Out-of-School Suspensions: The student is allowed to make up the missed work but the absence is counted against the attendance requirement.

Students must be in attendance at least 167 days in order to pass the course or grade and earn credit. If a student has an excessive number of non-exempted absences, parents and legal guardians may make a formal appeal addressed to the school's principal. Terrebonne High School provides opportunities to eligible students to make up missed work, receive grades and earn credit as long as they complete the missed work and pass the course.