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Student Tardies

Even with online learning, it is very important for students to join their classes on time every day. If your child is unable to attend class or will attend late, you must call and notify the school. Parents are responsible to clear absences. Any absence that is not cleared in 3 days will be marked unexcused. The 24-hour attendance reporting line is 891-3117 x 102.

When we have in-person classes, a student is tardy when he/she arrives in the classroom after the tardy bell rings, but before the first thirty minutes of the class has been completed. A student is habitually tardy to a class when he/she receives four (4) or more unexcused tardies per trimester. A student is truant when he/she arrives unexcused in the classroom 30 minutes after the bell rings.

School personnel will consider the circumstances and reasons for each student tardy and determine whether the tardy is excused or unexcused. Tardies are excused for doctor's visits when a doctor's verification note is provided. The student will be expected to make up work missed without penalty. Unexcused tardiness is inappropriate and may result in disciplinary consequences.

Student Absences

School personnel will consider the circumstances and reasons for each student absence and determine whether the absence is excused or unexcused. Given parent authorization, school personnel will excuse a student absence from school for the following reasons:
  • Illness
  • To receive medical, dental, optometrical or chiropractic services
  • Exclusion from school for health and safety (not more than 5 days)
  • Exclusion from school for head lice/nits (2 days)
  • Attendance at funeral services for a member of the immediate family
  • Observance of a religious holiday/ceremony
  • Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer
A student who is absent from school without a valid excuse in excess of the (30) minutes or more per day for four different days during the school year will be declared truant, and the parents will be notified of their obligation to resolve the truancy problem.

After 4 unexcused absences, a letter of truancy notification will be sent home. After 7 unexcused absences, a second truancy notice will be sent home and parents will be invited to attend a conference to discuss resolution of the truancy problem. A student with more than 9 unexcused absences will be declared a habitual truant and another parent conference will be scheduled. If suggested alternatives to reach resolution of the truancy problem are not followed through responsibly and successfully, the problem will be reviewed and consideration will be given to pursue a course of legal action.

We hope that these attendance procedures will help both the school and parents to work together in a cooperative manner towards our common goal of increasing each child's success in school. As parents, you have a great deal to do with the establishment of regular and punctual student attendance habits. Your cooperation and support of our attendance procedures will be greatly appreciated.

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