• Students are expected to attend school 90% of each quarter. This means that a student can only miss 5 days per quarter. Absences in excess of 5 days may result in loss of credit.
  • Parents/guardians, or independent students, must call the school to excuse an absence. Please call the 24-hour attendance recorder at 854-5656.
  • An absence, which is not excused after two (2) days, will result in a truancy.
  • Students who arrive at class more than twenty (20) minutes late will be marked absent and will need to have a parent or guardian excuse the absence.
  • If a student has a medical or court appointment, he/she must obtain a Permit To Leave (PTL) to leave the school premises. PTL’s are available in the office and can only be issued through a parent note or phone call.
  • All students must obtain a PTL in order to leave or not return to campus.
  • Medical or court excuses are for the time of the appointment with some travel time considered. Students should be in school before and/or after an appointment.



  • All students who are tardy to school need to sign in at the attendance office and get an admit slip before going to class.
  • 2 tardies in one class = student signs tardy notice; parents notified.
  • 3 tardies in one class = student signs tardy notice; parents notified, and lunch detention will be assigned.
  • 4 tardies in one class = student signs tardy notice; parents notified, and Make-Up School will be assigned. Missing Make-Up School may result in suspension or loss of credit.
  • 5 tardies in one class may = student loses credit for that class and will receive a grade of F.



A truancy is an absence which has not been excused by a parent or guardian, or a student is not being where he/she is supposed to be during the school day.

  • Students are not allowed to leave campus after arriving at school.
  • A student who leaves campus during the day without a Permit to Leave (PTL) or is not in his/her assigned class will be issued a truancy.
  • 1st Truancy: A Major Disciplinary Violation will be issued.
  • 2nd Truancy: A Major Disciplinary Violation will be issued and the student will serve one day of In-House suspension or “Make-up School”. The student’s parent or guardian will be informed.
  • 3rd Truancy: A Major Disciplinary Violation will be issued and the student will serve Make-up School for two hours. The student’s parent or guardian will be informed.
  • 4th Truancy: A Major Disciplinary Violation will be issued and consequences may include Make-Up School, suspension, or withdrawal from class. The student’s parent or guardian will be informed.
  • Truancies are CUMULATIVE: they DO NOT start over with each new quarter.


  • Students may be assigned Make-Up School for excessive tardies or truancies in a class.
  • Make-Up School will be held on after school for two (2) hours. There will be no school bus transportation; however, the City Bus is available.

  • Failure to attend Make-Up School may result in suspension and/or loss of credit.

Inclement Weather:

Education is important and every missed day of school represents lost learning opportunities. However, the Boise School District’s primary concern is for the safety of all students, including students riding buses and walking or biking to school. If students cannot safely travel to school or if schools are not able to operate safely because of city­wide dangerous weather conditions, school may be cancelled.

We will not cancel school on days with normal wintery conditions. Light snowfall, cold mornings or areas of ice are not sufficiently dangerous to force the closure of schools. With proper precautions including appropriate clothing, road deicing, and careful driving, students can travel to and from school safely.

The Boise School District covers over 450 square miles of Ada County. We recognize that conditions vary throughout the District, even from street to street, in some cases. Conditions may be extremely dangerous in one area, while perfectly safe everywhere else. If parents believe it is too dangerous for their children to travel to school they have the option to keep their children home. If school is cancelled, it will be cancelled for the entire District

The most frequent dangerous weather conditions facing Boise schools are:

SNOW: Snow levels within the City of Boise are typically light or moderate. However, there is always the potential for a heavy snowfall to make traveling by vehicle or on foot dangerous. Historically, most snowfall only results in slow traffic and minor accidents throughout the City. Normal snowfalls would not result in school closures.

COLD: Frigid temperatures are more serious than snow when making school closure decisions. On bitterly cold days our concern is for students walking to school. Extremely cold weather also impairs our ability to get buses running, which causes delays in pickup routes, delays which are much more dangerous to riders because of the low temperatures.

ICE: Ice is our most dangerous winter weather condition. Freezing rain and/or refreezing of melted snow make our roads, streets and sidewalks extremely treacherous for pedestrians, and vehicles. Icy conditions may force us to close, even if it appears that no other dangerous conditions exist.

How is the decision made to close or not to close school?

Representatives from transportation agencies, the weather bureau, the highway district, city and county law enforcement agencies, and school administrators, including the Superintendent, check the roads and monitor information throughout the night and early morning hours. We confer by telephone early in the morning to reach a decision.

If school will be closed, we will communicate to local radio and television stations to spread the word. We will also email parents, send a text message, and post closure information at and on our Twitter account @BSDEducation. To sign­-up for the District’s emergency text messaging service text SUBSCRIBE to the number 68453. You can also view a short video further explaining our Inclement Weather Procedures by going to and then clicking on the Emergencies tab found under Parents & Patrons > Parent Information.