Attendance policy

Novi High School Attendance 
Section 1561 of the Revised School codes states, "Except as otherwise provided in this section, every parent, guardian, or other person in this state having control and charge of a child from the age of six to the child's sixteenth birthday shall send that child to a public school during the entire school year.  Beginning with the class of 2016, the age for student compulsory attendance is eighteen (18) years of age.

The Novi board of Education believes that regular attendance in school is important to the educational growth of the student; however, legitimate circumstances may exist whereby a student is unable to attend school such as:

  • Personal illness or illness in the family
  • Death in the family
  • Court appointments
  • Religious holidays
  • Prearranged family vacations*
  • Medical appointments that cannot be made during out-of-school hours
  • Other prearranged absences (including college visitation), provided pre-approval is granted
  • Religious instruction and/or obligations, arranged in advance and verified by written parental excuse
  • School-sponsored activities
  • School-imposed suspensions

Every school day is important in the educational development of the student.  Punctual and regular attendance is essential for a student to do well in school.  If an absence or late arrival is necessary, parents/guardians should contact the attendance office recording system.

A student will be considered truant if they are absent from school and unverified for more than five days in succession; or is absent from school for any reason 10 days or more in a 30-day period, or is absent 30 days or more for any reason in a school year.  Failure to earn credit or a grade may result from academic requirements not being completed.

*Parents are encouraged not to take their child out of school for vacations.  With proper notification, absences due to vacations will be considered verified, however, it should be noted that these will count toward their ten allowed absences.  Proper notification, in the form of a Vacation Request Form, must be submitted in advance to your student's assigned administrator.  Should these absences cause or contribute to a student exceeding ten absences they will be subject to the consequences of the attendance policy.  Parents are encouraged to schedule vacations during scheduled vacations provided throughout the school year.