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Gainesville City Schools changes attendance policy
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Gainesville City Schools wants its students to miss less than six school days a year.

The Gainesville City School Board approved changes to its absences and excuses policy Monday at its regular meeting.

The College and Career Readiness Performance Index’s accountability measure was updated to include that students miss fewer than six days of school a year.

“All students who have three excused absences for a semester course or three excused absences for a nine-week course must meet with the designated administrator,” the policy states. “A parent or guardian(s) will be required to attend this meeting. An Action Plan for completing required course work may be developed at this meeting.”

All students with more than five days of absence will be referred to the system’s social worker.

The policy was updated in order to communicate the expectations clearly to students, parents and schools.