The school instructional calendar is determined every year by the Personnel Department and is different each calendar year. Normally the total number of days taught in a school year would be 180. School month is defined as twenty days or four weeks of five days each, including legal holidays.
Five days following the end of the school month, schools are required to send monthly ADA reports to the Business Department for compiling and calculating average daily attendance. A monthly ADA report schedule is included in this guide for easy reference.
Attendance reports are generated by attendance programs such as:
Average Daily Attendance (ADA) is the basis upon which New Haven Unified School District derives about 80% of its income. Accurate reporting of attendance is therefore critical. Although absences are no longer used for ADA, it is still important to track the reasons and encourage attendance for all students.
Please submit kindergarten retention forms each year to the Business Department for filing. Retain a copy at the site for audit review.
For reporting purposes, prior period revised reports (if necessary) must be submitted along with the current month average daily attendance reports. (Example: The first school month’s revised report is to be submitted along with the second school month ADA report, and so on.)
Revised reports would normally be final with the exception of Independent Study or Home Instruction. Updates and any other corrections must be finalized before the revised reports are sent. Multiple revised reports create an undue burden and should be avoided.
All resolutions must be corrected with four (4) weeks of the date of occurrence and cannot be corrected after this time frame. Errors found in reporting may be corrected at any time throughout the year.
Before reports are sent to the Business Department, a detailed review of the reports is required to be done to identify any errors as per the following check list.
Notes from parents and call-in logs supporting excused absences should be retained or one full year. Notes from parents and logs should contain the following data:
For further information regarding the retention of records, refer to the “K-12 Records Retention Manual” prepared by CASBO or refer to the Central Files manual at ESC.
Under the new attendance accounting rules, staff development days are no longer counted towards ADA. Students are required to attend classes for 180 days per school year, and teachers must take their staff development training outside of these 180 days. Therefore, you will no longer record staff development days as part of the ADA procedures and adjust your attendance for the day before or after as was done previously.
There are two types of independent study — short term and long term. Long term independent study is handled at the independent study center for students needing an alternative program to the regular classroom. This ADA is reported by the independent study center. Short term independent study ADA is reported by the school sites for students taking vacation and other days off away from the regular classroom. The new rules concerning this report state that no independent study will be granted for students of less than five days, and the district’s procedures are no more than four weeks (20 days). Both independent studies — short term and long term — must have the independent study agreement completely filled out and signed by both the student’s parents and the administrator in charge. All rules concerning the agreements including the days returned, the materials to be kept, and the date of return apply to both independent studies.
The district’s auditors have recommended we complete regular reconciliations of our actual enrollments to those reported in our attendance report (#NA4955) to assure that we are reporting all students and that none are reported in more than one program. Through much discussion, we have come up with the following procedures to complete this process:
First: What the auditors require is a very simple comparison of two sets of records. Any manual record that starts with the first day of school before any adjustments are to be made, with adds and drops to the reconciliation date, should match the actual ADA report for all programs students are in. Taking the high enrollment and deducting drops should come to the correct enrollment matching your manual records. If this occurs, you are done. Simply copy the last page of the attendance report (#NA4955) and your manual record showing the calculation to the same number of students enrolled. Have the principal sign it and send it in with your monthly ADA reports. Then keep this on file for the auditors to review with any backup used in the calculations.
NOTE: This can be done for the total school enrollment first before going on the grade levels or programs when errors occur.
Second: When differences do occur, proceed with the following steps:
These are the initial steps to discover differences in your reconciliation. If there is still no resolution, call Barbara Boyles at Extension 2218 and discuss the matter with her.
If through this process you discover the reason for the difference and are sure the ADA report is correct, simply note this on your cover sheet and submit the data without further review.
This process is to be done monthly.