Attendance shall be required of each individual at all sessions of the basic course.
(A) Absence of five per cent or less.
When a student is absent for five per cent or less of the non-mandatory, commission-required hours of the training course in which the student is enrolled, the school commander may excuse the absence if, in the commander's judgment, the absences were for valid reasons, including but not limited to: illness of either the the student or the student's immediate family or an emergency employment situation. The student shall provide the commander with written documentation listing the reasons for the absence. The commander may require the student to make up the missed training to assure that the student has the required mastery of the subjects taught during the school.
(B) Absence of more than five per cent of the non-mandatory commission-required hours.
(1) If a student misses more than five per cent of the non-mandatory commission-required hours of the course, the student may complete the course but shall not be permitted to take the final examination nor shall the student be certified unless approved by the executive director. The student shall submit to the executive director a notarized statement setting forth the reasons for the absences and request to complete the training that was missed. Reasons for absence which the executive director may consider include but are not limited to: illness of either the student or the student's immediate family; emergency employment situations or other valid reasons.
The executive director shall rule on that request within fifteen calendar days of receipt of the request. If the request is granted, the executive director shall approve in writing the method of completing the training.
(2) If the request to complete the course is denied by the executive director, the student may request a hearing before the Ohio peace officer training commission as provided in sections 119.06 and 119.07 of the Revised Code. The Commission shall conduct the hearing as required by sections 119.01 to 119.13 of the Revised Code.
(C) There shall be no excused absences from the firearms, domestic violence, crisis intervention, missing, abused and neglected children; laws of arrest; search and seizure, search warrants, civil liability/use of force, confessions and interrogations, cultural sensitivity, driving, report writing, vehicle stops and suspect approaches, hazardous materials response, unarmed self defense, the first aid unit portions of the basic course; or any other topic designated by the Ohio general assembly or the commission.
(D) The commander shall be responsible for maintaining an accurate record of attendance for each student attending the basic course. The commander shall forward such records to the executive director at the completion of training.