Attendance and Tardies

Children are required to attend school 180 days a year. By law, parents are required to provide within 3 school days a written explanation of each absence. Notes not received within three (3) days will cause an absence to be considered as unexcused. Notes from parents are to contain:

(a) date written, (b) dates of absence, (c) reason for absence, (d) home or work phone number and (e) parent signature. The only excused absences are for health reasons such as illness, doctor appointments, or death of relatives. Certain other extreme emergencies may be excusable at the principal’s discretion. Phone calls to notify the school of your child’s absence are appreciated, however, they do not replace the requirement of a written excuse upon returning to school. All absences require make-up of assignments.

Students arriving to school after the 8:45 a.m. bell are considered tardy. Students must report directly to the office to get a pink slip. Disciplinary action which may involve the school social worker may be taken for excessive tardiness as this interferes with student progress. Late entry into the classroom interrupts classroom procedure and instruction.

Parents should explain the reason for the tardiness to the office. Perfect attendance is earned by a student being neither tardy or absent for the entire year. A student will be eliminated from eligibility for perfect attendance should they check out of school prior to 11:30 a.m.