Parents/guardians must keep complete and accurate attendance records in order to remain in compliance with Florida's compulsory attendance law. New! Attendance records are due annually or upon grade level completion, which ever comes first. You are welcome, of course, to send us your attendance records quarterly or biannually. We email reminders before attendance records are due and will mail a one-time courtesy postcard reminder if requested. See Attendance Reporting Options for more information.
You will begin recording your child's attendance (or absence) for each school day the day your child is enrolled. We will attach a customized attendance recording form to your welcome email. Attendance recording is quick and easy. You do not have to report when your child is receiving instruction or what is being learned; you only need to record the total instructional hours for each school day. Please read our Attendance Reporting FAQs for answers to frequently asked questions.
To be deemed in compliance with the compulsory attendance requirements of Section 1003.21(1)(a), Florida Statutes, your child must maintain regular attendance during the entire school term as follows:
|Grade Level(s)||Instructional Hours||Actual School Days||Net Instructional Hours|
|Kindergarten||3 hours per school day||180||540|
|1–3||4 hours per school day||180||720|
|4–12||5 hours per school day||180||900|
|Rule 6A-1.09512, Equivalent Minimum School Terms for Compulsory Attendance Purposes|
Although not required, we encourage you to keep some kind of journal or portfolio. It could be as simple as an occasional diary entry, or more complex with samples of your child's work, book logs, and field trip notes. If you don't keep any kind of records (other than attendance), you may find that you wish you had–or that your children wish you had. It can be fun looking back on adventures, and children get a sense of pride when they look back at some of the work they have done and see how much they have improved.