Regular attendance helps students achieve

Susan Gunnell - Superintendent, Huber Heights City Schools

Several weeks ago, I wrote about the importance of regular attendance to the academic achievement of our students. Students not in school have fewer opportunities to learn the material that enables them to succeed in their classes. The Huber Heights City Schools Board of Education realizes the importance of regular student attendance through Board Policy JED.

In Board Policy JED, families and parents are urged to make appointments that might require the student to be absent, outside of school hours. It also outlines the reasons for an excused absence from school including (but not limited to) personal illness, an illness in the family, or a death in the family.

Students are requested to bring a note to school after each absence explaining the reason for the absence or tardiness. Students should also make immediate arrangements with his/her teacher(s) to complete any work that was missed during the absence from school.

If non-emergency circumstances require the student to miss an extended number of days, please contact your child’s school and teacher and reasonable efforts will be made to prepare a general list of assignments for the student to do while he/she is absent. Please allow the teacher(s) several days to get the necessary work ready for your child.

Finally, in Policy JED the Board authorizes the Superintendent to establish a hearing and notification procedure for the purpose of denying a student’s driving privileges if a student of compulsory school age has been absent without legitimate excuse for more than 10 consecutive days or a total of at least 15 days during a semester or term.

We know that regular attendance will help students achieve in the classroom and prepare them for a positive life after graduation. Business owners and managers in the Huber Heights area tell us that they believe that it is important to set high expectations for attendance. By teaching our students the importance of being present in school, they are more likely to become productive citizens and successful members of the workforce. If parents have questions about their child’s attendance, please contact the school.

As always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at

Susan Gunnell

Superintendent, Huber Heights City Schools

Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at

Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at