Research shows that success in school is highly correlated with regular school attendance. Missing school or classes is discouraging for children's success in life. The Board of Trustees of the Tidioute Community Charter School requires that school aged students enrolled in the school attend school regularly in accordance with the laws of the state. The educational program offered by this school is predicated upon the presence of the student and requires continuity of instruction and classroom participation. The regular contact of students with one another in the classroom and participation in the well-planned instructional activity under the tutelage of a competent teacher are vital to this purpose. As the board believes there is an educational nexus between classroom presence and grading and that class attendance is relevant to the pupils' overall performance and grades, it is the policy of the Board that pupils who are "truant" or have missed class due to unexcused or illegal absences will receive a zero for that class for the days which were actually missed by the student. Furthermore, failure to maintain at least a 90% attendance rate, missing more than 18 days of school without proper documentation or extenuating circumstances will result in the development of a Student Attendance Improvement Plan (SAIP).