A strong correlation exists between academic success and regular school attendance. School attendance is ultimately the responsibility of the student and his/her parents. Students should remain out of school only when necessary since much of the classroom activity cannot be replicated; the benefit of discussion and participation is lost forever to those who are absent. It must be emphasized that regular attendance is the key to much of the success a student may gain from his/her school program. It is vital that we have one or more current telephone numbers to contact you during the school day.
Absence is defined as a student’s non-attendance in his/her assigned classroom during an assigned period. When a child must be absent from school, the parent is to call the school before 8:30am, stating the reason for the absence or send a note the day the child returns to school. If the school office does not receive an explanation of the absence within 3 days, the absence will be marked as “unexcused.” We ask that you please let us know if your child will be out of school for an extended period of time. Doctor or dental appointments should be arranged outside of school hours when possible.
School Assignments: In order for a student to receive credit for work missed, the assignments must be made up during the allowed time. The student must request assignments upon return. Making up work missed during unexcused absences is at the teacher’s discretion and is vital to your child’s continued academic progress.
Excused absences are granted for the following reasons:
- Personal illness
- Quarantine under the direction of a health officer
- Personal medical, dental, or optometric appointment (school may require verification)
- Funeral services for a member of immediate family (1 day in state, 3 days out of state)
- Personal court appearance (requires verification)
- Religious retreat or holidays (3 days advance notice , limited 4 hours/semester)
- To obtain required immunizations
Unexcused Absences and Truancies
Absences that may have the knowledge or approval of the parent but not the school are considered unexcused. Unexcused absences could be deemed truancy after administrative review. Students may be placed on an attendance contract at the administrators’ discretion for excessive absences and/or tardies. Three or more unexcused absences or tardies will start the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) process for that student. Unexcused absences include, but are not limited to:
- Baby-sitting, taking care of other family members
- Personal problems
- Out-of-town travel for unexcused reasons
- Car trouble-transportation difficulties
- Immediate family illness of a non-emergency nature
- Staying home due to a late awakening
- Unavailability of appropriate clothing
- Excessive absences without doctor verification
Tardiness is viewed as a disruption to the classroom environment. Arriving late to class (after 8 am) not only deprives the child of their Opportunity to Learn (as required by federal law), but it also disrupts the education of other students. If a student is to learn, he/she must be in his/her classroom prepared to work when class begins. All tardy students must report to the front office before attending class. A parent must physically sign in their student in order for the student to be sent to class with a slip. If a student arrives to school at 8:30 am or after, he/she will be considered truant unless it’s excused. Repeated unexcused tardies (3 or more) will be referred to SARB, beginning on the fourth tardy that the child incurs. In all cases of excessive tardies, a meeting will be held with the parent to develop a plan to improve punctuality. Good attendance is rewarded through the Attendance Award Program. Students are recognized for perfect attendance each quarter (no absences or tardies).