Students are expected to attend all assigned classes each day. It is important that you call the office whenever your student will be absent from school. Please notify the office by phone or email by 9:00 a.m.
Regular attendance is vital to a student’s success in school. In the case of an absent student, unless the student's parent or guardian has already contacted the school informing them that their child will be out that day, the school will contact the parent/guardian to let them know that their child did not arrive at school. SchoolConnects, our District's autodialer, will be making the call.
State law requires that a note stating the reason for an absence be sent to the teacher on the child's first day back in school unless previously arranged or a call was made to the attendance line. The note should include the date, the reason and the duration of the absence.
Tardies and Early Dismissals
We ask that you plan family routines to avoid late arrivals to school. Tardy arrivals are disruptive to the classroom morning routines and prevent your child from starting the school day with confidence and clarity about the day’s focus. We also ask that you avoid early dismissal requests as much as possible. We especially need your help with the last 30 minutes of the day. This is an important time for teachers to review the day, to explain homework and to prepare for the next day. Please send a note with your child in the morning if an appointment requires your child to be dismissed early.
Please check the school calendar for scheduled vacation days. We encourage you to use these days for family travel. We ask that you do not request advance homework from the classroom teacher.
Students may read and keep a journal while they are away. Homework missed due to absence and any make up work required will be determined when the student returns to school. Exceptions to this may be submitted to the principal. A ‘Request for Excused Absence’ form is available on the website and in the school office and should be submitted prior to the planned absence.
Parents/guardians have two weeks to contact the school office with an explanation for a student absence. Absences not excused within 2-weeks are automatically considered “unexcused.” This status cannot be changed after the 2-week period.