Attendance Policy Out for Public Comment

November 17, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education is considering updating the state attendance policy to address the education of children in foster care. The board voted to place Policy 4110 on public comment until Dec. 11 to hear what parents, educators and others think about the proposed changes.

The policy revision includes a provision that allows special consideration to be given to students with multiple or chronic absences and existing special education plans. Such plans include a student assistance team (SAT) plan, an individualized education plan (IEP) or a 504 plan, which often are created for students with health issues.

“Research shows that school attendance directly correlates with student academic achievement, graduation and good work habits,” said West Virginia Board of Education President Priscilla Haden.

School administrators, teachers, parents and others interested in the policy are encouraged to review the document and make suggestions. The policy can be viewed by logging onto

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