Changes To Attendance Policy

At Throop Elementary School, we are striving to Promote Partnerships.  One of the most important partnerships a school may foster is the partnership with parents and caregivers.  We ask that caregivers make it a point to have their students at school as much as possible.  We understand that illnesses and circumstances occur that do not allow all students to attend school at all times.  However, we are committed to upholding Indiana law in which those special circumstances are addressed.  Throop’s attendance policy was approved by the school board in Spring 2015 and is now in effect for the 2015-2016 school year.  I would like to encourage all parents to become knowledgeable of the new policy.  The policy is as follows:

Attendance:     

Students are required to attend all 180 scheduled school days and Indiana law allows few exceptions to this requirement.

Students are expected to complete all class work or other assignments regardless of the reason for their absence in order to stay on pace in their classes. The amount of time allowed to complete work will correspond with the amount of time absent.

Excused absences:

  1. Personal illness verified by a physician or parent/guardian (see explanation1 below)
  2. Bereavement/funeral for the death of a family member (see explanation2 below)
  3. Absence pre-approved by the Principal and allowed by state law (see explanation3 below)

1.Parent verification should be by phone the morning of the absence; Physician written verification should include any school restrictions related to the illness.

2.Funeral/Bereavement – Five (5) successive school days for immediate/household family member; One (1) to two (2) school days for all other relatives, as needed.

3.General assembly page or honoree (verified by a certificate of the secretary of the senate or the chief clerk of the house of representatives); Service on precinct election board or for political candidate or parties on election day (verification prior to election day signed by the candidate, political party chairman, campaign manager, or precinct officer generally describing the duties of the student); Witness in judicial proceeding (submit the subpoena to the appropriate school authority for verification); or, any other school attendance exception allowed by law and approved by the principal.

Documentation of absenteeism shall occur as follows:  

Parents shall be expected to notify the school either by calling the school between 7:45 – 9:00 A.M. or writing a note to the teacher following each student absence.  Parent and doctors’ notes are to be received within a 48 hour period of the absence.  Failure of the parent to notify the school within the 48 hour period of the absence will result in the absence marked unexcused.  

Unexcused Absences:

  1. Overslept/missed the school bus
  2. Vacation during school time
  3. Car trouble
  4. Any other absence not approved by the principal or otherwise not verified

Students with unexcused absences will be allowed to make up all state, local, and classroom assignments prior to or after the unexcused absences.  Unexcused absences will result in student receiving a 10% deduction on classroom assignments/assessments.

Pre-Approved Absence:  Pre-Approved absences are school days that you know in advance your child will be absent from school.  Pre-Approved absence forms are available in the Throop office.  Please complete the form, return it to the office, and contact the teacher to inform him/her of the absence and make plans for the missed assignments.  The principal will determine the days as excused or unexcused based on the Indiana attendance code.

Except when building administrators identify atypical circumstances, chronic absenteeism will be handled in the following manner, per semester:

  • 5th absence – Automated phone call notifying parents of five absences.
  • 7th absence – Automated phone call notifying parents of seven absences and that upon the 8th absence, a meeting must be conducted.
  • 8th absence – Meeting must be conducted including School Resource Officer, parent(s) and school administration. Meeting notes are forwarded to the Orange County Prosecutor.
  • 9th or more absences – School Resource Officer communicates with the Orange County Prosecutor regarding attendance, compulsory attendance law and consideration of charges filed against the parent/guardian.

The following criteria will be used to determine partial day attendance:

  • A.M. Absence:  Absent from school from 8:20 A.M. through 11:30 A.M.
  • P.M. Absence:   Absent from school from 11:30 A.M. through 3:00 P.M.
  • Tardy:  Arrival to the building after 8:15 A.M. and before 9:30 A.M.  (Arrival after 9:30 A.M. constitutes a morning half-day absence)
  • Early dismissal:  Departure from the building after 2:00 P.M.   (Departure before 2:00 P.M. constitutes an afternoon half-day absence)   

Early dismissal will not be recorded for students leaving with parents after 2:30 P.M. on days with special school events such as field trips, parties, and school assemblies.  This will only apply to students involved in those activities.   

Students arriving late must be accompanied by an adult to the main office.

Please be mindful that chronic absenteeism is at the discretion of the administration.  Excused absences MAY be considered with the total number of days absent if administration deems there is a need for involvement by the Orange County Prosector’s office.  If you have any questions regarding the attendance policy please contact Mrs. Crews, Assistant Principal, at Throop Elementary School 812-723-3537.  

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Dress Up for ISTEP April 11-April 15!

Some Throop Elementary Students will be taking ISTEP tests next week; April 11 through April 15th. Throop’s Student Council has suggested we have dress up days in the Spirit of ISTEP and it has been approved! Even though not ALL students will be testing, ALL students and Staff are encouraged to dress up in efforts to keep spirits up for those who are testing.

Dress up days are as follows:

Monday-Western Day……….Lasso a high score on ISTEP!

Tuesday- White Out Day…….No white out on ISTEP!

Wednesday-Team Day………Team up for a high ISTEP score !

Thursday-Twin Day………….Double your ISTEP score!

Friday-Hat Day……………….Put on your Thinking Cap for a high score!

2016 Bingo for Books

Please join us Tuesday, April 5th from 6-7 p.m. for this FREE event for ALL Throop Families! Bingo for Books will be held in the Throop Elementary Cafe. Activities will include bingo and dancing. FREE books will also be distributed.

This event is sponsored by Throop PTO and Title 1.

Throop Celebrates Dr. Seuss!

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March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday!  At Throop Elementary, that means a variety of activities and lessons based on the wonderful works of Dr. Seuss.  Students and staff enjoyed books like The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, Horton Hears a Who, and many more.  Some dressed as their favorite characters, ate Green Eggs and Ham, or acted out scenes from stories.  Check out the slideshow to see how we enjoyed our learning!

Art Show/Writing Fair

Thursday, March 17 Throop Elementary will host its annual art show in the Throop Gym from 6-8p.m. This year you have the option to purchase students’ framed original art for $24.00! A percentage of this fee goes directly to Throop Elementary. Color reproductions may also be ordered.

The writing fair, in conjunction with the art show will be held in the Throop Cafe as usual. The purpose of this event is to showcase writing of  students and faculty to the community.

An author’s chair will be provided for those who want to read their writing piece. There will also be writing activities throughout the night.

If you cannot attend the art show, you may prepay for students’ framed art by sending a check for $24.00 to homeroom teacher made payable to Throop Elementary.

Reading is Groovy!

The Throop Elementary Scholastic Book Fair is set for March 14-18 which is the week before spring break. Family Night will take place on Thursday, March 17 6-8 p.m. in conjunction with the art show and writing fair.

As always, the book fair will be held in the  Throop Library and is open from 8:30-3:00 daily. On family night, the hours of operation will be 6-8 p.m.

 

Cookies and Canvas

Throop Elementary and Title 1 are sponsoring a Cookies and Canvas event at the Paoli Public Library this Thursday, February 11 from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Students will listen to a story and use the reading strategy of visualizing to create their own canvas. Each student will receive a fee book. Juice and cookies will be provided.

Kindergarten Plans Feast

During the month of November, Kindergarten Classes will study who Pilgrims and Native Americans were and how they became friends. Students will be involved in many different activities for better understanding. These students will also re-enact the First Thanksgiving Feast.

Due to space and time, parents will not be attending this event.