Attendance Policies & Procedures
ATTENDANCE OFFICE PHONE NUMBER
All calls to report student absence go to 630-420-6966. This number records messages 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
TO REPORT A STUDENT'S ABSENCE
A parent or guardian must call 630-420-6966 before 11 AM. Please provide this information: the student's name, grade and ID number, the date of the absence, the reason for the absence, and the caller's relationship to the student.
TO REPORT A STUDENT'S LATE ARRIVAL OR EARLY DISMISSAL
A parent or guardian must call 630-420-6966. Please provide this information: the student's name, grade and ID number, the caller's relationship to student, the date of the late arrival or early dismissal, the time the student will arrive or must leave, and, if the student is leaving for an appointment, the time the student will return to school. To leave school early, a student will need to pick up a dismissal pass from the Attendance Office. The student must sign out at the Attendance Office. If the student is returning to school they must have their dismissal pass and sign back in at the Attendance Office.
Reporting a student’s early dismissal must be done in a timely manner so that your student will be available at the requested time.
WHO MAY CALL IN A STUDENT ABSENCE?
Parents, guardians or those having legal custody have the responsibility for their student's regular school attendance; therefore, they are the only people who may call the Attendance Office to report absences, regardless of a student's age.
Vacations are not considered a valid reason for student absence. While the District administration considers family time important, we strongly encourage families to schedule vacations around the school calendar.
MAKE-UP WORK RESULTING FROM ABSENCE
It is the student’s responsibility to check with their teachers about work missed because of an absence. In case of excused absences, students will be expected and allowed to make-up missed work in a reasonable amount of time. The teacher and/or department coordinator will decide when make-up work is due. Many courses require a semester project/paper with a specific deadline announced well in advance. If a student is absent and on the deadline date, the project/paper is still due on the announced date. It will be the responsibility of the student to have parents/guardians bring the paper in on the deadline date. The expectation is that semester projects/papers are handed in on the deadline date no later than the period in which the class is scheduled or a late grade penalty will be assessed by the teacher. Examples may include: research papers, group activities, volunteer hours, speech, etc.
The Guidance secretaries will assist with collecting assignments for students who are absent for an excess of three days.
Students must notify their instructors in advance of all field trips. Some instructors require assignments be handed in prior to attendance on a field trip. Also, a teacher may deny participation in a field trip for academic reasons. If this occurs, the student will attend scheduled classes.
THE ABSENCE "CAP"
Since there is a positive relationship between regular attendance and academic success, it is of the utmost importance that students be present in class. Regular attendance and punctuality are essential if students are to make use of the educational opportunities that school offers. An attendance cap has been created to deal with students who are excessively absent from school during a semester. A student who has accumulated ten absences per class will be considered excessively absent. Once a student reaches this cap, teachers and administrators will follow a collaborative, sequential process to address the problem which could include the student being withdrawn from class and placed in a study hall, with no credit given. (please see "Rebook, pages, 136-137 for specific details)
DOCUMENTATION MAY BE REQUIRED
The school has the right to require a student to bring documentation to verify the authenticity of an absence. The requested documentation should be brought to the Attendance Office upon the student's return to school.