Because the primary purpose of an attendance policy is educational and not disciplinary, it is not reasonable and is contrary to the best interests of education to deny work to a student. However, after a reasonable number of unexcused absences (no fewer than 5 or 6), a student may be dropped from a class or given no credit. If a district has the resources to do so, it should provide for alternative activities, such as tutoring services. Iowa Department of Education Attendance Policy Guidelines of April. 1997.