Reporting an Absence
During the school year, the following procedure for reporting absences will be used. If your child will be absent, you are to call and notify the school before 7:45 am. To report an absence, call
The Attendance Line is open 24 hours a day. Parents should be prepared to give the following information: Name, Spelling the last name, Grade, and the Reason for the absence. If the student is ill, please describe symptoms.
The school must be informed anytime the student will not be in school. Parents are notified if their students are not in school and are not called in on the attendance line. Excused absences are illness, doctor's appointment, a death in the family, certain religious holidays, and parental request. The district has a list of accepted religious holidays. Take Your Student to Work Day is not recognized by the district. Students missing that day will be counted absent but excused.
By law, students missing first hour are marked 1/2 day absent from school. Students missing three class periods are marked as a full day absence. Students missing part or all of first hour (unexcused) will make up the time during lunch and/ or after school. Any student arriving to class during the first five minutes is considered tardy to class and not tardy to school. These are handled by the teacher (see Tardy Policy). Students unexcused from a ½ day or more of school (three classes) will automatically receive a Saturday School Detention.
After five consecutive missed days, (or 10% of the required days of attendance) students that continue to miss all or part of a school day due to illness will be required to submit a doctor’s note. Periodic attendance checks will result in letters being mailed home and/or other contact from the school when students reach the 5% levels. Students with attendance concerns, including tardies, will be referred to the office. Attendance becomes a concern when a student is absent for all or part of any school day, more than 5% of the expected attendance days
Requests for homework should be made by e-mailing the teacher. Please do not request homework for student on the Attendance Line. See section on Make-Up Work for more information.Absence Reporting:
The state guidelines are as follows: 0-50 minutes (tardy), 51-149 minutes (1/2 day), 150+ minutes (full day). For example, following a regular daily bell schedule a student arriving to school at the start of 2nd period will be counted absent for 1/2 day. This includes orthodontist, doctor and dental appointments. Students entering as a late arrival without a note from the doctor will be considered tardy. After five consecutive missed days, (or 10% of the required days of attendance) students that continue to miss all or part of a school day due to illness will be required to submit a doctor’s note. Parents will be contacted via a formal letter, conference, and/or phone call when student absence becomes a concern.
A student absent due to an infectious disease, surgery, rash or other illness requiring physician's care must bring a physician's health certificate to the health office before returning to school.