It is very important
that parents call the school the morning you are keeping your child home
from school. It is the parent's responsibility 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.
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.
personnel will consider the circumstances and reasons for each student
tardy and determine whether the tardy is excused or unexcused. Excused
tardiness is understandable. The student will be expected to make up
work missed without penalty. Unexcused tardiness is inappropriate and
may result in disciplinary consequences.
All excused tardies should be accompanied by a doctor's verification note.
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:
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.
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.