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Attendance Procedures



The Hawaii Revised Statutes, Sec. 298-9, states that "unless excluded from school or excepted from attendance, all children will have arrived at the age of at least six years, and who will not have arrived at the age of eighteen years, on or before December 31 of any school year, shall attend either a public or private school for and during such year, and any parent, guardian, and other person having the responsibility for or care of a child whose attendance at school is obligatory shall send the child to some such school."

Section 298-13, Enforcement, HRS, places the responsibility for enforcing compulsory attendance with the Department of Education (DOE). Toward this end, agreements have been developed with all police departments within the state regarding truant students. Students who are chronic absentees may be referred to Family Court.

Exemption from the compulsory attendance law is permitted only under specified conditions pursuant to Section 298-9, Attendance compulsory, Exceptions, HRS, and DOE regulations relating to compulsory attendance exceptions.

HRS 302A-1135 provides that a parent or guardian who does not enforce the child's regular school attendance may be guilty of a petty misdemeanor. The penalty for a petty misdemeanor is a fine of up to $1,000 (HRS 707-640) or jail time for up to thirty (30) days (HRS 706-663).

In other words: All children ages 6 thru 18 (before December 31) shall attend either a public or private school.  Parents/guardians responsible for such child shall send them to school.  Students who are chronically absent may be referred to Family Court.  Parents/guardians who do not enforce the child’s regular attendance may be guilty of a petty misdemeanor.


In consonance with the statutory requirements relating to education, the DOE is committed to providing each individual with an educational program, which will help the student to develop to the fullest extent of the student's capabilities and become a useful and personally successful member of society. Teachers, administrators, and other staff shall make every effort to work with the students and their parent(s) and/or guardian(s) to optimize available learning activities as well as educational services and opportunities. According to the Board of Education's Student Code of Conduct, policy regarding attendance and punctuality, students are expected to attend school daily, attend all classes, and be on time every day.

Definitions (HAR §9-19-2)

  • Absent: The student is not physically present in school or in a scheduled class for more than half of the school day or class period except if the student is on an authorized school activity.
  • Present:  The student is physically present in school for at least half of the school day or is on an authorized school activity.
  • Tardy: A student arrives to school after school has started, or a student arrives at class after class has started, or both.
  • Truant: The student is absent from class(es) or the school campus without authorization from the principal or designee.


Adopted July 10, 2007 - Approved by the Military Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) in SY 2008-2009

Attendance Procedure:

Any student out of school for 10 or more days must do one of the following:

  1. Medical Issues

Inform your child’s counselor in the case of medical concern (Home Hospital tutoring services may be offered during the absence).

  1. Extended Vacations or Emergencies

Inform your alpha counselor if leaving the State of Hawaii for personal reasons or emergencies.  Parents should withdraw the student from Radford and upon return to the State of Hawaii, re-enroll the student.  There will be no guarantee of returning to the previous classroom /course assignment upon re-enrolling.

  1. Home Schooling

Complete Form 4140 Exception to Compulsory Education (Home Schooling).  Homeschooling is a viable educational option where a parent will be responsible for the education of that child and provide their own instruction.  Secondary home school students are not eligible for course credits.


All students are expected to attend school regularly, attend all classes, and arrive at school and to classrooms on time.  The following reminders shall serve as a guide for attendance procedures.

  1. Excused Absences
    Illness, personal injury, medical or dental appointments, court summons, appointments for military ID, driver’s permit or license, scholarship or college visits, administrative excusal.
  2. Unexcused Absences
    Family vacation, babysitting, personal business, transporting or accompanying family members to appointments. Note:  Students have THREE class days to bring an excusal note to their teachers.  Failure to do so will result in unexcused absence(s) remaining on record.
  3. Excused Tardies
    Late school bus, medical appointments, driver’s permit or license, detained by a teacher or vice-principal (must produce note).  School personnel assigned to the cafeteria will provide excused notes for students.
  4. Unexcused Tardies
    All other reasons not listed above including traffic and car trouble.  Students tardy to school shall report to the Administration Office.  
    1. Unexcused Absence or Tardy Procedures
      • 3-4 absences or tardies in a quarter and/or impact on learning due to attendance:
            Teachers contact the parent and student.
      • 5-10 absences or tardies in a quarter and/or continued impact on learning due to attendance:
            Student Referral, Parent-Counselor Conference, and interventions.
      • Upwards of 10 absences or tardies in a quarter and/or significant impact on learning due to attendance:
            Student Referral, Parent-Counselor-Administrator Conference.
      • Continued attendance concerns:
            An educational neglect petition may be submitted to Family Court. In this situation, the parent/guardian will be notified by Family Court with information regarding their required participation.
    2. Homework for Absences
      If a child is absent from school for three (3) or more consecutive days, the parent/guardian may request homework by calling your child’s counselor.  A 24-hour notice is needed for teachers when a homework request is made.  Parents may pick up the homework at the front office after 2:30 p.m. of the day following the requestYou may call the front office to confirm that there are assignments for your child before coming to school.
  • COVID-related Absences follow the guidelines and procedures explained in the RHS Health and Safety Guidance available on the school’s website at


Once students arrive on campus, they are expected to remain on campus until school is dismissed.  Students who leave campus before dismissal must follow “off-campus pass” procedures, i.e. provide a note from their parents and “sign out” in the front office.

A written note signed by the parent or legal guardian shall be submitted to the Administration Office before 7:55 AM.  A clerk will issue off-campus passes.  Students must sign out at the front office before leaving campus.  Students leaving early must possess an off-campus pass to be released.

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