Attendance and Tardies
Please remember that absences are detrimental to a student’s education. There is no substitute for the direct and strategic instruction provided in the classroom. There is a clear correlation between student growth and the number of absences!
Students must be present for 3 hours 15 minutes to be counted present – even on early release days.
As per Board of Education policy, absences are only deemed lawful for the following reasons: illness, injury, death in the immediate family, medical appointments, court/administrative proceedings, religious observations, quarantines, educational absences, and military deployment of family members. If these reasons apply, a note from a parent or a doctor needs to be submitted to the school within 3 days. If your child is absent for any other reason, it is considered unlawful and the following state law is followed:
- 3rd unlawful absence - letter sent home
- 6th unlawful absence - letter sent home, attendance counselor may communicate with family
- 10th unlawful absence - conference with principal, possible referral to truancy court.
- 20th unlawful absence - possible retention
Early Release Days
There are a couple of days on the calendar that have been set as early release days. As these are shortened days (school ends at 11 a.m.), being more than 15 minutes late or leaving more than 15 minutes early constitutes a full-day absence.
A parent may request that a trip being taken by a student be considered an educational opportunity and therefore be eligible for “excused absence” status. A parent desiring to do this needs to submit a letter or e-mail to the principal two weeks prior to the trip, with the purpose of the trip, along with the dates of the trip and the rationale for being considered an “educational opportunity.” An absence will not be considered excused without prior principal approval. Solely notifying a teacher does not constitute a request for an educational absence. Do remember that at the end of the year, all absences are added together in one total, regardless of absence status, and 20 days of absences can result in retention.
School board policy states a student has two days to make up work for each day absent. Teachers will provide the work upon the student’s return to school. Do remember that makeup work is by no means a substitute for the direct and strategic instruction missed in the classroom.
Students need to be in their classrooms by 7:25 with instruction starting at 7:30 a.m. Students arriving after this time miss valuable beginning of the day directions. Students arriving after 7:30 a.m., or the conclusion of the car line, will need to check in through the office. All tardies/early sign-outs will be addressed at the school level.
- 7:00 a.m. – The building opens for students.
- 7:27 a.m. – Warning bell, signs outside are turned.
- 7:30 a.m. – Final bell, No student is admitted to class after this without checking into the office.
- Parents need to exit their car and sign students into the office, but cannot escort their students to class.
A student must be present for 3 hours and 15 minutes to be counted present. If it is necessary for your child to be dismissed early, please send a note to the teacher as to the time in order for necessary assignments to be obtained prior to check-out. A student who is signed out early will be counted as a p.m. tardy for that day. The following procedures need to be followed when signing your child out early:
- Provide a picture ID. If you do not have a picture ID with you, you will be asked to retrieve it.
- Come to the door and ring the bell to contact the office.
- Students will not be called to the office prior to your arrival.
- The office will call your child's teacher to have him/her sent to the office for dismissal.
- Students should not be checked out of school after 1:30 p.m.