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Rule of 85

Rule of 85 Cheat Sheet

 

Students with 6 periods: You must have fewer that this # of period tardies /absences Students with 7 periods: You must have fewer that this # of period tardies /absences Students with 5 periods: You must have fewer that this # of period tardies /absences Students with 4 periods: You must have fewer that this # of period tardies /absences

Week 1 (Aug 17)

2

3

2

2

Week 2 (Aug 24)

7

8

6

5

Week 3 (Aug 31)

11

13

9

8

Week 4 (Sept 7)

15

17

12

10

Week 5 (Sept 14)

19

23

16

13

Week 6 (Sept 21)

24

28

20

16

Week 7 (Sep 28)

28

33

24

19

Week 8 (Oct 5)

33

38

27

22

Week 9 (Oct 12)

37

44

31

25

Week 10 (Oct 19)

42

49

35

28

Week 11 (Oct 26)

46

54

39

31

Week 12 (Nov 2)

51

59

42

34

Week 13 (Nov 9)

55

64

45

36

Week 14 (Nov 16)

59

69

49

39

Week 15 (Nov 30)

64

74

53

42

Week 16 (Dec 7)

68

79

57

45

Week 17 (Dec 14)

73

84

60

48

Week 18 (Dec 20)

76

89

63

51

Week 19 (Jan 11)

81

94

67

54

Week 20 (Jan 18)

84

98

70

56

Week 21 (Jan 25)

89

103

74

59

Week 22 (Feb 1)

93

109

78

62

Week 23 (Feb 8)

98

114

81

65

Week 24 (Feb 15)

102

119

85

68

Week 25 (Mar 1)

107

124

89

71

Week 26 (Mar 8)

111

130

93

74

Week 27 (Mar 15)

116

135

96

77

Week 28 (Mar 22)

120

140

100

80

Week 29 (Mar 29)

124

144

104

83

Week 30 (April 5)

128

150

108

86

Week 31 (April 12)

133

155

111

89

Week 32 (April 18)

137

160

114

92

Week 33 (May 3)

142

165

118

95

Week 34 (May 10)

146

171

122

98

Week 35 (May 17)

151

174

126

101

Week 36 (May 24)

155

181

129

104

Week 37 (May 31)

159

185

132

106

Week 38 (June 6)

162

189

135

108

 

 Bolded weeks indicate times when administration will run the list to determine eligibility. 

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%