Student attendance is an important requirement for academic success and as such is recorded on a daily basis.
When sickness or serious obligations of the family necessitate one or more days of absence from school, families must call the school office before 9:00 a.m. stating the reason for the absence. Student phone calls are not acceptable.
When a student is absent and a phone call has not been received to explain the absence, school office personnel will contact the parent(s)/caregiver(s) to determine the reason for the student’s absence.
Written communication is required from a parent/caregiver for a student to be excused from class for a particular reason; for example, a dental or doctor appointment. When a student comes to school with a note asking that he/she be excused from class for a particular reason, they must be picked up at the school office and must sign out in the school attendance log at the general office. If the student returns to school in the same school day, they must sign the attendance log in the office.
There are times when families cannot arrange family vacations during the summer or during breaks in the school year. On such occasions, families are expected to provide the school with written notice of the length of the vacation or absence from school. Arrangements must be made for homework to be assigned during the absence.
Students who arrive after the Homeroom Session (8:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.) are considered late and will be expected to report immediately to the office for sign in. Chronic tardiness will be communicated to the parent(s)/caregiver(s).
Any illness or injury occurring during school hours will be reported to the office. Parent(s)/caregiver(s) will be called and may be requested to pick up the student. Students must sign out in the attendance log book. Students in Grades 7 and 8 must inform the staff member who has the daily class attendance book. Older students who live only a short distance from school may walk home after the parent/caregiver and teacher are informed. No student will be sent home without parent(s)/caregiver(s) first being contacted.
If emergency treatment is required, school personnel will follow emergency medical protocol in sending the student to the hospital. An accident report will be completed and kept in a school file.