Attendance and Tardy District Policy

Attendance Policy: REGULAR ATTENDANCE IS CRITICAL TO RECEIVING A QUALITY EDUCATION.
Excused absences shall include approved absences for school-sponsored activities, and approved absence for illness, medical and dental appointments that cannot be held after school, family emergencies, court appearances, and pre-arranged absences as approved by the Administration. A doctor’s verification may be required in cases of illness.
Tardies will be considered a form of absence, with three (3) tardies equaling one day absent.
Absences: If a student is absent or tardy, a call is required to the school’s office before 9:15 a.m. on the day of the absence. A written note or a telephone call from home at the time of absence stating the nature of the absence may excuse the absence. If the school does not receive the written note or telephone call by 9:15 a.m. stating the reason for the absence and asking for the absence to be excused, the absence will be recorded as unexcused. When three (3) unexcused absences have been recorded for any student during any school year, parents/guardians will receive a letter which outlines the steps the District will take to ensure compliance with state law.
Tardies: All students coming to school after the last bell has rung will be considered tardy and must report to the office with an explanation before going to class. Every tardy must be excused by a written note or telephone call from home or personal visit from parent stating the reason for the tardy. If the school does not receive a written note or telephone call stating the reason for the tardy, the tardy will be recorded as unexcused.
If a student is not in attendance before 9:00 a.m., the student will be marked absent for a half day. If a student comes before 9:00 a.m., the student will be counted as tardy. A tardy student must report to the office for a tardy slip before going to class.
If a child leaves before 2:00 p.m., that child will be marked absent for a half day. After 2:00 p.m. the absence is considered to be an early dismissal and not counted as an absence.