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Over recent years, the concept of chronic absence is gaining traction across the country. Chronic absence is defined as being absent, excused or unexcused, for ten percent or more of the school year. You can access more information and research about chronic absence and initiatives to improve school attendance at

Related Policies

District Policy 5020 (Spanish) | Student Attendance


Attendance Matters

Did you know…

  • Excused and unexcused absences can both add up to too much time lost in the classroom.
  • Students are at-risk academically if they miss ten percent of the school year, which equates to missing 18 days of school.
  • Chronic absences affect the entire class, not just the student who is absent.  If too many students miss school the teacher may have to repeat material so that they can catch up, which slows down the learning for the rest of the class.
  • Early interventions can help students and families obtain the resources and support they need to overcome barriers and get back on track.

District Attendance Contract (DAC)

If a student does not improve attendance after being placed on a school based attendance contract and they meet the state definition of Habitually Truant by having at least four or more unexcused absences in a month or ten or more unexcused absences in a year, the school may submit a truancy referral to Intervention Services.

The truancy referral will begin the district level intervention of a District Attendance Contract.  In most cases, this is a meeting that includes the student, parent/guardian, school administrator and the truancy case manager.  During this meeting the school will present the school based contract and the attendance record that followed.  They will additionally present the academic concerns that have resulted from the student’s absences.  The truancy case manager will gather information from the student and parent/guardian in order to assess the root cause for lack of consistent school attendance as well as identify any barriers to improving attendance.  A plan will be developed to best address the concerns brought forth in the meeting.  As necessary, referrals to community agencies will be made.

Truancy Court

When all resources have been exhausted and the student continues to be habitually truant, a petition may be filed with the 17th Judicial Truancy or Broomfield Court. Once in court, students and families will need to respond to the Magistrate/Judge in regard to the student’s absences from school.