NT@ZB follows District 126 attendance policies and procedures regarding student attendance. Students are responsible for getting to class on time each period. Please refer to the daily schedule for class start and end times.
- Attendance Line - 847-731-9813
Tardy to School
Definition: Not present in class when the bell rings for the start of the school day.Tardiness is not acceptable because it disrupts class, hurts morale of students who come to school on time, reflects a negative attitude toward the class, creates disruptive problems in the halls and develops a habit which could make future employment difficult. Therefore, all students are expected to arrive at school and class on time.
- If you are not in school at 7:30 a.m. you must sign in at the New Tech Office. Failure to sign in immediately upon arrival will cause disciplinary action.
- All tardies to school will be counted unless a student/Parent/Guardian satisfactorily accounts to the New Tech Office for the lateness to school.
- Students who are exceedingly and deliberately tardy to school may receive an additional penalty.
Tardy to Class
Definition: Not present for the start of class.
- All tardies will be counted unless a student satisfactorily accounts to the teacher for the lateness to the class.
- Students should explain their reason for tardiness. If a student has been with a teacher or other staff member, confirmation should be presented explaining that tardiness.
The total or cumulative number of tardies for all classes for the entire semester is counted against the student. An example would be as follows: A student is late for gym, the next day s/he is late for English and a week later s/he is late for History. The student has been late three times for the semester. Students will be seen an administrator based on the following steps:
- 3 Tardies during the semester - Warning
- 6 Tardies during the semester - Saturday Alternative Suspension
- 9 Tardies during the semester - Saturday Alternative Suspension
- 12 Tardies during the semester - Suspension Pending Parent Conference and the student will be placed on a Tardy Contract.
The contract will require the student to be on time to all classes. Violation of the Tardy Contract will result in a suspension of 1 - 5 days. Violation of the contract will result in loss of privileges and extra-curricular participation such as field trips, dances, athletic events, etc. Upon return to school from suspension, the student must be accompanied by their Parent/Guardian for a conference with the Principal. Excessive violations of the Tardy Contract will result in an administrative review and further disciplinary actions.
If a student is on contract 1st semester and reaches 12 tardies during the 2nd semester, an automatic 3-day suspension will be assigned. The student must be accompanied by their Parent/Guardian for a conference with their Principal prior to re-admittance to school.
Truancy from School
Illinois School Code 105 ILSC 5/26-2a defines a “truant” as a child subject to compulsory school attendance and who is absent without valid cause from such attendance for a school day or portion thereof. “Chronic or habitual truant” shall be defined as a child subject to compulsory school attendance and who is absent without valid cause from such attendance for 5% (9 days) or more of the previous 180 regular attendance days. Every effort will be made to notify Parents/Guardians within 24 hours of suspected truancy.
Additional examples of truancy include, but are not limited to
- If the Attendance Office does not receive a call reporting the absence , the absence may be considered truancy.
- If Parents/Guardians were not aware of an absence at the time it occurred, the absence may be considered truancy.
- Exclusion from school due to failure to meet state requirements for immunizations is considered truancy.
Frequent truancy or lack of parental cooperation in regard to truancy may case referral to the Regional Superintendent of Schools for action under the truancy act of the Illinois School Code.
Truancy – Parent Liability (122:26-10)
Any person having custody or control of a child, to whom notice has been given of the child’s truancy and who knowingly and willfully permits such a child to persist in his truancy within that school year, upon conviction thereof shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor and shall be subject to not more than 30 days imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $500 (105 ILCS 5/26-10). If a student is found to be truant it may be required by District 126 for the parent/guardian of the student to accompany the student back to the school for re-admittance. Failure to do so may result in Out-of School Suspension. Truancy tickets may also be issued by the local authorities.
Truancy Ordinance of the City of Zion Municipal Code
The truancy ordination of the City of Zion Municipal Code will be enforced (Chapter 19, Section 12(A), 12(B), 12 (C), Ordinance no. 87-0-17). Any person violating provisions of this ordinance, parent and/or student, shall be “fined no less than $25.00 and no more than $500.00” for each day on which the violation occurs.
Chronic truancy is considered gross misconduct and gross disobedience. It may cause referral to the Board of Education for possible expulsion from school. Truancy from school will be referred to the Dean upon the student’s return to school. Students with chronic truancy problems may be placed on an Attendance Contract. After an interview with the student, truancy will cause the following actions:
- 1st Truancy - 1 Day or 3 Days ASD/SAS
- 2nd Truancy – 2-3 Days pending parent conference/SAS
- 3rd Truancy – SAS – 3 Days
- Each Thereafter – SAS – 3 Days SAS – Saturday Alternative Suspension
District 126 will utilize available supportive services and other school resources for corrective purposes. These supportive services may include:
- Conferences with school personnel,
- Counseling services of school counselors, social workers, and psychologists,
- Referral to Problem Solving Team
- Referral to community agencies for appropriate services, and/or
- Referral to the Regional Superintendent