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PK - 4th Grade Attendance Policy

It is important that your child is at school each day.  Good attendance is one of the keys to achieving your child’s full potential in the learning process.  The overall rate of attendance is one of four determining factors in our accreditation rating with the Indiana Department of Education.  Depending upon the time of year, absence can also have an impact on school funding.
Attendance will be excused but not counted against absence numbers for the following reasons:

  • School-sponsored trips;
  • Court appearance or witness in judicial proceedings;
  • Service as a legislative page;
  • Participation in an election;
  • Active duty with the Indiana National Guard;
  • Active duty with the Indiana wing of civil air patrol;
  • Religious instruction;
  • Attendance excused by the principal/designee;
  • Exhibiting or participating in State Fair-- A student may be excused if the student or member of the student’s household participates or exhibits in the Indiana State fair for educational purposes.  The student’s parent must provide a written note indicating the educational purpose and the school principal must approve the absence.  A student may not miss more than (5) days in a school year due to attending the State Fair.  The student must be in good academic standing with the school as determined by HSE.
Attendance will be excused but counted against absence numbers for the following reasons:
  • The student’s illness or injury (documented);
  • Accident involving the student’s transportation;
  • Death or serious illness in the student’s immediate family;
  • Religious observations;
  • College visits;
  • Attendance excused by the principal/designee

Students of active duty personnel shall have additional excused absences at the discretion of the District for visitations relative to leave or deployment.
Excused absences at the elementary school level means the student is counted as absent, but it falls under one of the legal reasons for an absence.  All other absences are considered unexcused. An excused absence, unexcused absence, tardy, or early departure will count against perfect attendance.
A maximum of eight (8) days per semester and a maximum of sixteen (16) days per school year will be excused.  Further undocumented absences will be unexcused.  Students must have a written explanation from their doctor for every absence above and beyond the maximum of 8 days per semester or 16 days per year.  Parents need to understand that they are ultimately responsible for their child’s school attendance.
At the elementary level, the half day absence mark is 12:15PM for student day.Any student arriving after 10AM and prior to 12:15PM will be marked half day absence.

School Attendance Guidelines

Indiana Law requires anyone between the ages of seven and sixteen to attend school.  Indiana Code sets the age requirement for school enrollment as follows:

Kindergarten -   Age 5 on or before September 1st

Grade 1 -   Age 6 on or before September 1st

Hamilton Southeastern Schools

  • Central Office
  • 13485 Cumberland Road, Fishers, IN 46038
  • Office Hours: M - F 7:30am - 4:30pm 
  • (317) 594-4100  (800) 905-6665

  • HSE Schools wants to hear from you! To send a general inquiry to the District Administration Office, click here. 

Our Mission

Hamilton Southeastern Schools, as a forward-thinking school district, provides educational opportunities to ensure the success of each and every student, to become a responsible citizen and to positively influence an ever-changing world community.