October 18, 2021


Dear DBS Families,

In an attempt to alleviate any confusion about the school’s response to student absences, I want to take a moment to highlight and expand upon the information that is in the Parent Handbook.  The handbook states: According to Vermont law, students are expected to attend school unless they are sick. Missing school for any other reason is an unexcused absence.” Unexcused absences include family vacations, sports games and other planned events.  Additionally, unexcused absences shall be interpreted to mean a pattern of concerning tardiness or early school departures or failure to attend classes as defined by the school.  If an absence is unavoidable, requests for an excused absence may be made in writing to the superintendent of schools. 

For students that receive multiple unexcused absences, the school is bound by the Windsor County Truancy Policy to take certain actions.  After the fifth unexcused absence the guardians of the student will receive a phone call from the school informing them of the absences and asking how we can work together to improve attendance.  In addition, the school will send home and place a copy of a letter in the child’s permanent record stating the number of absences.  Dothan Brook will also notify the superintendent and school resource officer.  If absences continue, after a student receives his/her tenth unexcused absence the school will make a report to Vermont’s Department of Child and Family Services and request a Coordinated Service Plan.  The goal of this process is to create a plan that utilizes family and community resources to improve attendance. 

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.  School attendance is critical to successful school performance and frequent absences can adversely affect a child’s grades and social development.  The school will gladly work with any family to alleviate the impact of any extended absences, however, there is no substitute for participating in regular classroom instruction.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

The student handbook can be found here - http://www.dbsvt.com/Resources/parent-resources


Rick Dustin-Eichler