Recent Legislation Concerning Unexcused Absences

The Ohio Senate recently approved legislation requires that, if parents have not notified the school of their child’s absence, the school must contact the parent(s) within two hours of the start of school. To meet the timelines of this legislation, Butler Tech would like to make you aware of how this will impact the absences call(s) you will receive.

Beginning February 1st, parents will receive an automated phone call that their child is absent, unexcused, under the following conditions:

  • The parent(s) of Butler Tech campus students did not report their child’s absence to the campus attendance secretary by 9:00 am.
  • If the Butler Tech campus student arrives at their campus at 9:00 am or later. Later in the day, you will also receive a second call indicating that your child was tardy, unexcused, to school.

Please remember that any time a student is not in school during the school year will require a parent to report their child’s absence and the reason(s) for the absence. This should be done on the morning of the absence, before 9:00 am, via a telephone call or email to the campus attendance secretary. If this is not possible, parents should notify the school of the absence the day following via a written note.

Additionally, students with excessive unexcused will be deemed “habitual truant” under existing law, which will require the district to follow several administrative procedures and legal solutions to ensure the student attends school regularly.

If you have any questions or need additional information concerning your child’s attendance, please call the attendance secretary at your child’s school at 513-868-6300 or visit www.butlertech.org.