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Rule of 85

Rule of 85 Cheat Sheet

By this Friday…

Students with 6 periods: You must have fewer than this # of period tardies/absences

Students with 7 periods: You must have fewer than this # of period tardies/absences

Students with 4 periods: You must have fewer than this # of period tardies/absences

Students with 5 periods: You must have fewer than this # of period tardies/absences

August 28

11

13

7

9

September 4

15

18

10

13

September 11

19

22

13

16

September 18

23

27

16

20

September 25

28

33

19

23

October 2

32

38

22

27

October 9

37

43

25

31

October 16

41

48

28

35

October 23

46

54

31

38

October 30

50

59

34

42

November 6

55

64

37

46

November 13

59

68

39

49

November 20

63

74

42

53

December 4

68

79

45

56

December 11

72

84

48

60

December 18

77

88

50

63

January 8

80

93

53

67

January 15

84

98

56

70

January 22

87

102

58

73

January 29

92

107

61

77

February 5

96

112

64

80

February 12

101

118

67

84

February 26

105

123

70

88

March 4

110

128

73

92

March 11

114

133

76

95

March 18

119

139

79

99

March 25

122

143

82

102

April 8

127

148

85

106

April 15

131

153

88

110

April 22

136

159

91

113

April 29

140

164

94

117

May 6

145

169

97

121

May 13

149

174

100

125

May 20

155

181

103

129

May 27

158

185

106

132

Notes:

  • All days are counted as six periods, even days that are not structured that way (e.g., final days, block days).

Rule of 85 FAQ

Rule of 85 FAQ

 

 

  1. What is the “Rule of 85”?

The Rule of 85 requires that students be in class and on time 85% of the time, calculated by school periods, in order to participate in many of the extra activities at VHS including athletics, cheer, drill team, dances, field trips etc.

 

  1. Why this change in school policy?

Every minute in school counts. What we do here with your students everyday is important. To prepare students for college and/or career, we need them here as much as possible. Students who are present and on time less the 85% of the time should not be spending hours after school practicing for a sport, or be out of school on a field trip, or at the dance on Friday night. Instead they should be focusing extra attention on their school work. (A student without tardies has to be on pace to miss 27 school days or 162 periods—more than five full weeks of school—in order to fall below the 85% mark.)

 

  1. What kind of absences/tardies are counted in calculating the 85%?

School related absences (e.g, field trips, sports excusals) are not counted. All other absences (excused, unexcused, truant, unverified etc.) are included in the calculation. Tardies are also counted. If looking at attendance in Schoolloop the codes to look for include: E, A, U, T, R, and N.

 

  1. So if excused absences and unexcused/truant absences are counted the same under this rule, do we still need to write notes to clear absences?

YES! For other purposes there is a HUGE difference between excused absences and those that are not. For example, teachers are not required to allow students to make up work for absences that are not excused. If truant/unverified absences stack up then the law requires a formal process to take place that includes required family meetings with the school Dean, mediation with the District Attorney, referral to the School Attendance Review Board which can result in a student being placed in different school setting and fines for the student and parents.

 

  1. When will you determine eligibility under this rule?

We will check for eligibility every grading period. We’ll notify ineligible students at that time.

 

 

  1. Is there anything “extra” a student can do to get back up the 85% threshold other than just being in school on time every day?

Yes. Each Saturday School a student attends removes a full day’s absence in calculating the Rule of 85. (It does not remove scattered period absences or tardies.) Students wishing to take advantage of this opportunity may sign up in the front office. If a student doesn’t have any full day absences, but would like to work on the Rule of 85, he or she should contact an administrator about options.

 

  1. How does short- term independent study fit into this system?

If a student is out on short-term independent study and completes his or her work according the contract requirements, the student is not considered to have been absent. It’s as if the student was in class and on time for the duration of his or time out of school. If, however, the student does not complete his or her work in a timely manner, the student is considered absent for the time missed; this could have a significant ability on the student’s ability to reach the 85% mark.

 

 

  1. What if a student (or family) has some special circumstance?

If a student faces some very special circumstances that cause him or her to miss school they can appeal. In most cases, however, short-term independent studies (or other district programs) should assist the student. For example, a student who needs to undergo surgery or travel out of state for a loved one’s funeral could be served by short-term independent studies.

 

  1. How does the appeal process work?

The appeal form can be picked up in the front office. It must be completed by the student and signed by the parent. Administration will call the student in once they have made a decision about whether or not the student qualifies for the appeal. If the student qualifies, administration will then remove the student’s name from the ineligibility list and contact coaches (if applicable).

 

  1. How can I calculate my percentage?

    See the rule of 85 cheat sheet for the cumulative total number of absences/tardies that students must be under each week in order to be at 85% or above. Ask someone in the office to print your attendance and follow step 1 below to find out if you are under 85%. To calculate your specific percentage, follow the steps below:

  1. Add up the total number of tardies, excused absences, unverified absences, unexcused absence, truant absences and missed PAWS periods (coded T, E, A, U, R and N on the bottom).

  2. Multiply the number of days enrolled by the number of periods that you have.

  3. Subtract the answer from #1 from the answer to #2.

  4. Divide the answer from #3 by the answer from #2. This is your final percentage.

Example:

  1. A student has 10 tardies, 30 periods of excused absences and 40 periods of unverified absences for a total of 80 periods.

  2. The student has been enrolled for 70 days for 6 periods a day; 70 x 6 = 420.

  3. 420-80= 340.

  4. 340/420=80.9%