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Reporting An Absence

If a student must be absent from school, one of the parents is required to call the school office (534-2939) by 10:00 A.M. in order to be excused.  A written note is advisable as a safeguard for the student in case any questions arise concerning the absence. Absences will be counted as UNEXCUSED until documentation is provided to the office to verify the absence.

Excused Absences (Elementary)

Excused absences for students include personal illness (a doctor’s note is required for excessive reoccurrence or long term illness), medical and dental appointments that can’t be made outside school hours, family bereavement or emergency, unusual occurrence approved ahead of time by the principal, special educational programs approved ahead of time by the principal, and religious mission opportunities approved ahead of time by the principal. 

Unexcused Absences (Elementary)

Unexcused absences for students include family vacation, truancy, and other absences not covered elsewhere in the Attendance Policy.  

Excessive Absences (Elementary)

If a student exceeds 10 absences (excused or unexcused) a meeting with and administrator will be called to discuss interventions.

Make-up Work (Elementary)

Make-up work is expected for both excused and unexcused absences.  Upon returning to school, the student / parent are responsible to arrange for all make-up work due to absences.  The student will be given one school day to complete work for each day of absence.  If work is not completed and given to the teacher for each day missed, the student will not receive a passing grade for the missed work.

Tests missed due to being tardy or an unexcused absence will be made up; however, this will result in a one letter grade deduction.

Tardiness (Kindergarten/ Elementary)

Each classroom teacher keeps attendance and tardiness records.  It is important for children to arrive promptly for class.  If three unexcused tardy events occur during one semester, parents are contacted.  Tardiness is noted on report cards and will affect grades.

Prompt arrival at school is expected. Elementary morning carpool goes from 8:15-8:25 daily.  Tardiness interrupts a student's instructional time and disrupts the classroom.  Elementary students are considered tardy after 8:30 a.m.

If being tardy is unavoidable, a note should accompany the student to explain the reason for his/her tardiness.  ALL tardy students should be walked into the education wing so an ADULT can sign the student in at the curved front desk (or office).  Continued tardiness will require a family meeting with the classroom teacher and administration.