Good attendance is essential for school success. Parents can help by promoting punctuality and regular attendance. Medical appointments should be scheduled outside of school hours or on non-school days.
The parent must call the school as soon as possible,if a student is absent from school. If the school does not receive a call or note from the parent, the school will notify the parent that the student is not in school. High schools have an automated phone notification system.
EXCUSED absences include:
- Illness or quarantine
- Funeral attendance for an immediate family member
- Court subpoena of the student
- Medical appointment of the student
- Religious holiday
- Illness of the child of a teen parent
During excused absences, students will be allowed to complete assignments and tests that can be sensibly provided and completed in a reasonable period of time with full credit.
UNEXCUSED absences include:
- Family vacation on days when school is in session
- Late more than 30 minutes. Three late arrivals are considered truant.
- Personal reasons such as moving, car breakdown, family illness, etc. A principal may excuse an absence under some circumstances.
- Truancy - ditching or cutting class.
- Uncleared absence with no contact from the home
Family vacations need to be scheduled for non-school days. These absences are unexcused if they occur when school is in session.
After 10 days of consecutive uncleared absences, a student may be dropped from the school in which he/she is enrolled and could be at risk of losing his/her classroom assignment or place at the school.