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Regular and punctual school attendance is essential for academic success in school. When a student is absent from class or school, the continuity of the instructional process is disrupted, and the benefits of classroom instruction are lost. Following is a list of important information for students and parents/guardians:
All students will attend school everyday, on time.
Parents/guardians are responsible for their child’s daily and timely attendance.
Parents/guardians will not keep students from school while it is in session.
Parents/guardians are responsible for reporting their child’s absence on the same day, before the official opening of school. In case of an emergency that prevents this from happening, parents/guardians must send a note explaining the absence with the student when s/he returns to school.
Reporting an absence is not the same as excusing it. The Superintendent or his/her designee (usually the building principal) is the only person that can legally excuse an absence.
The only “excusable” reasons to keep a child/youth from attending school are: students’ illness, religious observance, court obligation and/or a major family emergency (accident, serious illness/quarantine, death). Please check in with your school if you have any questions. HS students are allowed to have three college visits. Please check with the guidance office for details.
Students must present a note upon their return to school after three consecutive days.
Tardiness will not be excused. Three tardies will equal an unexcused absence.
After fourteen (14) cumulative or consecutive days of being out sick, students may be eligible for home or hospital tutoring.
There are several weeks in the school calendar designated for vacation/holiday time out of school. Families are advised to plan all trips and visits during these weeks.
Parents/guardians will be held responsible for failure to send their children to school and/or not bringing them to school on time.
The schools have partnered with the Northwest District Attorney’s Office to implement the School is Where It’s At (SIWIA) program to provide a continuum of services and support to families, children and schools when issues of attendance arise.
Last updated August 16, 2011