Highland Park High School makes every effort to support strong student attendance for every member of the student body. To that end, students who accrue three unauthorized absences or eight authorized absences (religious observances, college visits, field trips/school appointments and serious medical events excepted) in any class per semester will have a parent meeting in the Deans' Office to discussion potentially being placed on Audit Status. Any student who accrues five unauthorized absences or 10 authorized absences (religious observances, college visits, field trips/school appointments and serious medical events excepted) in any class per semester will have a parent meeting in the Deans' Office and be placed on Audit Status in their classes.
In accordance with Illinois State Law, HPHS defines a valid absence in only the following categories:
- Student illness
- Necessary medical appointments
- School-related absences (eg. field trips)
- Observance of a religious holiday
- Death in the immediate family
- Family emergencies
- Reasonable concern on the part of the parent for the health or safety of the child
- Other situations beyond control of the student as determined by a school administrator
Students on Audit Status are expected to attend all classes and maintain all course work. Audit Status will be reviewed following each Quarter Progress Report to determine if the student will receive credit for the course(s). The Audit Status Review Team will minimally consist of an administrator, counselor, and teacher. The guidelines for the Audit Status Review Team will minimally be a passing grade and significant improvement in attendance.
Students on Audit Status will also be discussed by the school's Intervention Team. The Intervention Team will identify the factors contributing to student attendance issues and suggest and implement appropriate interventions. These may include, but are not limited to, a school refusal interview with a school psychologist, the requirement of a physician's note for authorization purposes, a condensed or altered schedule, restrictions during resource periods or restrictions from extra-curricular activities such as school dances or Fine Arts and Athletics events.
These interventions are designed to encourage improved attendance in the immediate future.