Daily attendance is essential in order for students to maximize their proficiencies in all areas. Students with poor attendance may find it difficult or impossible to meet academic standards. Students are expected to make up work missed because of absence(s).
When a student is absent, parents should call the school as early as possible and relate the cause of absence. If a valid parent call is received, the student does not have to bring a note to clear the absence. If parents do not call the school, an excuse (written by the parent or guardian) must be presented to the office the first day that the student returns to school following an absence. After ten days all unverified absences will be recorded as truancies. Absences due to illness that are 3 days long or longer require a doctor's note.
Excused or Unexcused Absences: By state law, excused absences are only issued to students who are absent because of illness, doctor/dental appointment, or death in the immediate family. All other absences are considered unexcused.
Tardiness: Tardies cause a disruption to class procedures as well as individual progress. Unexcused tardies may result in disciplinary action. Excused tardies are only for medical purposes and must be accompanied by a note from the doctor or dentist.
Truancy: State law requires all students to be in school daily unless they are out with a valid excuse. Disciplinary action will be taken for truancies. The law requires that parents/guardians ensure that their child is in attendance. Continued truancies may result in referrals to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) and/or legal charges being filed against the student and/or parents.
Requests for Homework, Independent Study: When students are absent they should contact a “study buddy” so that they may keep current on their class work and homework. When it is anticipated that a student will be absent for more than 3 days, the parent may contact the school for school work. Independent Study can be set up for student who will be absent for a prolonged period (5 days or more). Such a program is coordinated by the school counselor and must be accompanied by the signed mutual consent of the teachers, administration, student, and parent. One week's notice is required to set up an independent study contract.
Excuses from Physical Education Activities: A parent/guardian may request that a student be excused from physical activities for up to three days. A doctor's note is required for a student to be excused for four or more days.