CONSULTATION and ISSUES
Operation Graduation is a collaboration with the Muskegon County Prosecutor's office, Department of Human Services, Mediation & Restorative Services and district Family Resource Centers.
A consistent countywide focus is necessary because:
- Students who have good attendance, generally achieve higher grades, enjoy school more and are most employable after leaving high school.
- Students who miss too much school often struggle throughout their academic career and may be less likely to graduate.
This collaborative effort focuses on early intervention and individual family needs. It gives the opportunity for all students to succeed. Being in school, every day, is critically important.
2. Parent letter 1 to be used when 5 or more days of school are missed AND absences are interfering with education.
3. Parent letter 2 to be used BEFORE student has 10 absences.
4. Referral request (to prosecutor)
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE BROCHURE
The MAISD provides "A Parent Guide for School Attendance and the Law." The brochure can be customized with district contact information. Please contact the MAISD Document Center request a limited number of brochures at no charge.
School Attendance Brochure
THE REVISED SCHOOL CODE
The State of Michigan Revised School Code (Act 451 of 1976) requires continuous and consecutive school attendance for all children.
Excerpts from MCL 380.1561 effective Jan. 4, 2010, Act 451 of 1976 The Revised School Code:
"...a child who turned age 11 before December 1, 2009 or who entered grade 6 before 2009, the child's parent, guardian, or other person in this state having control and charge of the child shall send that child to a public school during the entire school year from the age of 6 to the child's sixteenth birthday. "
"... a child who turns age 11 on or after December 1, 2009 or a child who was age 11 before that date and enters grade 6 in 2009 or later, the child's parent, guardian, or other person in this state having control and charge of the child shall send the child to a public school during the entire school year from the age of 6 to the child's eighteenth birthday."