Marengo Community High School District 154

110 Franks Road Marengo, IL 60152

Phone 815-568-6511   Fax 815-568-6510

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September 2016


According to Section 26.2A of the Illinois School Code, the only legal reasons why a child may be absent from school are: 1. Illness 2. Funeral 3. Observance of a religious holiday 4. Family emergency 5. Circumstances which cause reasonable concern to the parent or guardian for the safety or health of the student. 6. Other situations beyond the control of the student, as approved by the superintendent, principal or designee. The Illinois School Code does NOT grant parents the authority to excuse their child from attending a class or the entire school day. The school is responsible for determining whether or not an absence is excused or unexcused.

Our attendance policy has not changed from previous years as the language in the handbook has remained the same; however, we are now implementing consequences for students with unexcused absences. Reasons such as “Parent Request” will result in the day of absence being unexcused according to the state regulations. It is our desire to record proper attendance for several reasons, including the fact that students who are absent from school do not achieve as well as their peers who are in class. In addition, state funding for the district is based in part on our average attendance, and when students are unexcused this costs the district funds from the state. »



Date: Monday, September 19 at 6:30 pm

Where: Marengo Community High School auditorium.

Cost: Free

Who: Any parent/guardian and students wishing to gain more knowledge on Financial Aid

Topics: Federal and state grants, the work-study program, student loans, scholarship application process, financial literacy, financial aid advocacy, and FAFSA tips! FAFSA filing begins October 1, 2016! Contact your counselor with more questions. »

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