A. Daily attendance is essential in order for students to maximize their education. 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 it is anticipated that the student will be absent for more than 3 days, the parent may contact the school for school work.
B. When a student is absent, parents should call the school as early as possible and relay 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.
C. 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 such as family emergencies, vacation, and out of town.
D. 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. Unexcused tardies will result in counseling and detentions.
TRUANCY-State law requires all students to be in school daily unless they are out with a valid excuse. Disciplinary action may 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.
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.