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The Student Welfare and Social Services Department provides student support in the areas of attendance, discipline, truancy and social services. It also assists parents and school personnel in interpreting policies and procedures that pertain to these areas.
HCS encourages parents to make a reasonable attempt to discuss and resolve concerns directly with the appropriate teacher, counselor, and/or principal at the lowest possible level. If all steps have been followed and an agreed-upon resolution has not been reached, please complete the Parent Consent Form.
Access the Parent Concern Form
If this matter is related to bullying/harassment/intimidation, please refer to Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation Reporting Form, (GS-P1-F1) located on the website of your assigned school.
Ms. Jasmine Green
Student Welfare & Social Services Coordinator
Location: Chapman Elementary
The Huntsville City Board of Education believes good student attendance enhances learning. When a student is not in school, he/she misses valuable instructional time. For this reason, the Board equates attendance with academic achievement and establishes policies and procedures designed to encourage and require students to be in school.
The Huntsville City School System shall comply with Alabama law (Section 16-28-40) governing school attendance standards and the operation of motor vehicles. School attendance standards are met by enrollment in a school or General Educational Development (GED) program or job training program approved by the State Department of Education.
The Department of Safety will be notified when a student has more than 10 consecutive or 15 cumulative days of unexcused absence during a single semester.
The Early Warning Program is designed to reduce truancy, the number of student dropouts, and to provide an intervention program for student behavior at school.
The Early Warning Program is a joint effort between the Huntsville City Schools Board of Education and the District Attorney’s Office. It is designed to reduce truancy and the number of student dropouts, The format of the program consists of a group session held at a school. The purpose of the Early Warning is to share information concerningthe legal requirements and school board policies pertaining to attendance-thus, an Early Warning.
Students who have a referral filed against them for any of the following, when need to attend Early Warning along with their parents:
All students (K-12) are subject to the regulations of the Early Warning Program and the provisions as follows:
“Every child between the ages of 6 and 17 years shall be required to attend a public school, private school, church schoo,l or be instructed by a competent private tutor for the entire length of the school term in every scholastic year---.”
Requires that any parent/guardian who enrolls a student in school be responsible for the students’ regular attendance and proper conduct. A parent/guardian conficted of failing to do so may be fined $100.00 and receive up to 90 days in jail.
Provides that a parent may be fined $500.00 and receive up to one year in jail if convicted of parental neglect; contributing to the delinquency of a minor; or if the child is found to be a child in Need of Supervision. They may also be required to pay restitution to the Board of Education.
An important part of the Early Warning Program is to offer help or assistance to parents and students with problems which may interfere with the Hearing Process
The Facts About Chronic Absence
Bringing Attendance Home: Parent Video from Rachel Auerbach on Vimeo.
Please see the list of links for more resources.
Please visit the Military Families page for more information.
Parents Impact Aid is a federal program that provides financial resources to schools impacted by federally-owned, tax-exempt properties in the military and other communities. These funds become part of our District’s operating budget and are critical to helping us with resources for our students and teachers.
Please be sure to return your completed form to your child’s school of origin. Online versions of the forms may be found on the Impact Aid page. If there are questions on how to complete the Impact Aid Program Survey Form, please contact Student Welfare and Social Services at (256) 428-6893