Absence: The Board of Education recognizes the following reasons for student absences from school: personal illness, illness or death in the family, impassable roads or weather making travel unsafe, religious observance, attendance at a medical clinic (doctor, dentist, etc.), school sponsored trips (approved), quarantine, and required court appearances. In addition, college visitations which are approved in advance by the attendance office are considered to be important enough to excuse a student’s absence for this reason. (See also College Visitations)
Any other absence is considered unexcused. Parents are asked to notify the Attendance Officer with any absences. It is essential that parents provide a written excuse for each absence. This excuse should contain the reason and date of the absence, and be presented to the attendance office on the day the student returns to school. Please use the following email address to send attendance notes firstname.lastname@example.org or dial extension 5100, if you wish to leave a message regarding your child’s attendance.
Often the attendance office will call the home of students to confirm the absence. When the school calls home, students that are not at home may be marked with an illegal absence.
Late: When a student arrives to school late, they must report to the Attendance Officer, Mrs. Debra Dubas, and obtain a pass to class. Any student who fails to follow this procedure will be counted as absent and subject to disciplinary consequences. (See also Absences due to Lateness)
Any student who is going to be hospitalized or absent due to illness for more than five (5) days should contact their guidance counselor to arrange for homebound instruction. A student who is on homebound instruction is not counted as absent. (See also Homebound Instruction)
If a student suffers from a chronic disease that frequently causes them to be absent, a medical document should be submitted to the Principal so that a special liaison teacher will be assigned to tutor that student on the days they are too ill to come to school. It will be the parent's responsibility to contact the liaison teacher in the morning on each day the child will be absent. Liaison teachers will only be assigned upon approval of the Principal. Medical documentation must be provided at the time of the illness, not at a later date.
A student who is absent will be allowed to make-up missed work when they return to school. The student will be given one day for each day absent in order to make up all the work. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the work missed. 2
ABSENCES DUE TO LATENESS
Students are required to be on time and in attendance every day for which they are registered.
Students who arrive late to school must sign in at the front desk with Attendance Officer, and present a signed note from parent. Any late student who fails to sign in will be marked absent and considered truant. Lateness to school shall be deemed as an infraction and the following range of interventions will apply:
- Three (3) times late to school prompts a warning letter home.
- Six (6) times late to school results in after-school detention or lunch detention.
- Each three (3) additional occurrences may result in after-school detention or lunch detention.
- Continual lateness to school may result in disciplinary action per Code of Conduct.
Infractions for lateness due to personal illness, illness or death in the family, impassable roads or weather making travel unsafe, religious observance, attendance at a medical clinic (doctor, dentist, etc.), school sponsored trips (approved), quarantine, and required court appearances is excused with a parental note, received in a timely manner.