KCPS Attendance Policy

Everything you need to know about the updated KCPS attendance policy.

Why is regular attendance important? 

Per state law, parents must ensure all students ages 7-17 attend school. KCPS strongly encourages all students to attend school and class on a regular basis. By doing so, students:

  1. Don't miss important classroom time.
  2. Avoid delays in learning caused by make-up work
  3. Obtain needed practice and skill development
  4. Improve their chances of high achievement
  5. Learn the importance of discipline and dedication
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Key points of the KCPS attendance policy


  1. Grades K-6: A student who misses more than 15 days in the school year may be retained in the same grade
  2. Grades 7-12: Straight Scheduling - Students may receive failing grades in courses for which they miss eight (8) days in a school semester.


  1. Any student who is five minutes late to class is tardy and must report to the attendance office.
  2. If a student is detained by the school office or teacher, he or she must obtain a pass from that person or receive an unexcused tardy.
  3. Failure to serve a detention for excessive tardies may result in additional detentions.

Make-up work

  1. Upon return to school, a student will be given 24 hours to request his or her make-up work. 
  2. Make-up work will be provided upon request for all absences. Grades will not be reduced unless turned in late.
  3. Elementary students will have their make-up work arranged and assigned by the teacher and will be given 48 hours to complete the work.
  4. At the secondary level, it is the responsibility of the student and/or parent/guardian to make arrangements for securing work missed due to absences and suspensions. A student will be given one (1) day for each day absent to complete his/her make-up work. Grades on make-up work will not be reduced unless turned in late.
  5. The building principal will make a determination of make-up coursework for students who are deemed absent.

City truancy ordinance 

  1. Students under the age of 16 found outside  of school during regular class hours will be penalized. 
  2. The first offense will result in a warning issued to parents, guardians, or anyone having control or custody of the offending child.
  3. Two or more offenses could result in a fine of up to $500 or entrance into a pretrial diversion program.

More detailed information about the attendance policy can be found in the student handbook.