Regular attendance is essential to success in school. A student not only misses instruction and class work on the day of absence, but also is not prepared for the next day’s instruction and assignments. If you would like to request homework for a missed day, please call in no later than 9:00 a.m. Being punctual and maintaining regular attendance is expected of all students.
Absence: Students are to bring a dated, written excuse for every absence, signed by the parent or guardian, upon returning to school. The student’s full name should be written on the excuse.
Tardiness: Students arriving late to school must report to the office and be signed in by the parent. A student must be in homeroom by 8:40 a.m., or he/she will be marked tardy. Before 8:40 a.m. he/she is to report directly to his/her respective homeroom. After three tardies, a student will receive a warning, fourth tardy a student will receive lunch detention, fifth tardy a student will have to stay after school for detention, after the fifth tardy an office referral will be issued and a parent/guardian conference. Beginning the second semester, the student’s previous tardies will be cleared and they will start at one again.
Students arriving late to school must be signed in by parent or guardian with a dated written excuse signed by parent or guardian.
Common legal excuses are:
1. Personal illness.
2. Illness or death in the family.
3. Religious observance.
4. Appearance in court.
5. Doctor or dental appointments. We ask whenever possible, the appointment should be made after school hours or when school is not in session.
- Regular attendance when well is essential. Every absence, even part of a school day, interferes with your child’s progress.
- The school will call your home or work sometime during the day to confirm your child’s absence. Upon your child’s return to school, after an absence, the state requires a note signed by you with the date and reason for absence.
How To Improve Your Child’s Attendance
- Talk to your child about the importance of attending school regularly.
- Avoid scheduling family trips or doctor appointments during school hours.
- Make sure your child stays healthy by eating nutritious food and getting enough sleep and exercise.
- Don’t accept excuses for why your child must miss or be late for school.
- Discuss with your child what happened at school each day.
- Support school rules and consequences for skipping class and being tardy.
- Show your support for the importance of education. Give specific examples of how education helps people succeed.
- Lead by example. If children see parents taking time off from work for no real reason, they may expect to be able to do the same thing.