Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy


School Hours: 8:00 AM to 2:50 PM (Full day Kindergarten-Grade 5)

Breakfast: Served at 7:35 AM in the Commons.

Start of the Day: Students should not arrive at school prior to 7:45 AM unless they are participating in the breakfast program. The doors will remain locked until 7:35 AM at which time students may enter the building for breakfast. Students who arrive between 7:35 AM and 7:50 AM are to proceed directly to the Commons for breakfast or to the playground. Students will be released to their lockers about 7:50 AM. All elementary school students and parents are asked to enter the building through the elementary school entrance, not the District Office entrance.

Tardiness: Students who are not seated at 8:00 AM will be considered tardy. Students who are tardy are to bring a note from a parent explaining the tardiness and to report to the office for a pass before being admitted to class.

  1. Students who come to school between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM are considered tardy. [Please escort your child to the school office if they are arriving late.]
  2. Parents will be notified if their child has been absent or tardy an excessive number of times.

Regular School Attendance has been shown to benefit students academically and personally. State law requires that parents assure regular attendance by their children. Irregular attendance results in considerable educational loss. Students are considered absent if they miss more than one hour of the morning or afternoon. When a student is absent or will be tardy, the parent must contact the school during the morning, on the day of absence or tardiness. If such notice is not given, it will be assumed that the absence is unexcused (truant). The school secretary or designee will follow up with the parent or guardian on all absences. The school secretary will be available to take calls starting at 7:00 AM. During extremely busy times in the office or when the office is closed, you may wish to leave a message on the voice mail (ext. 1000) indicating the students name, teachers name, whether the absence or tardiness is all or part of the day and the reason. The school secretary or designee will follow up with parent/guardian on any absences we have not been notified on. Personal illness, serious illness in the immediate family, or death of a family member or relative exemplifies excused absences. Students who come to school after 9:00 AM are considered absent for day. Students who leave school after 1:00 PM will also be considered absent for day.

In the case of unexcused absences, the student will be permitted to make up schoolwork and receive full or partial credit. District policy requires that parents be notified by mail of tardiness and/or unexcused absences in excess. Excessive tardiness and/or unexcused absences may be considered a form of truancy and will be referred to the court or to Social Services.

Pre-arranged Absences - If it is necessary for a child to leave school early, parents or guardians need to make arrangements with the school office for the childs release. The child will be sent for and excused from the office. Parents/guardians are to make arrangements with the classroom teacher(s) for satisfactory make up of class work. Students will only be released from the office to a parent or a person designated (in writing) by the parent. If the adult is unknown to office staff, identification must be presented.

Release from School- - Appointments During School Day - - We encourage parents to make medical and dental appointments after school hours so as not to interrupt learning. If your child does need to leave the building during the school day, PLEASE COME INTO THE OFFICE TO GET HIM/HER AND TO SIGN HIM/HER OUT. This is for the safety of the child. It is our way of knowing that the child has left the school with the proper person. Also, send a note ahead of time, if possible. A child returning to school from an appointment needs to be checked into the office with a note for our documentation to assist with maintaining accurate attendance records. This note does need to be on letterhead or other means from which your child had their appointment.

Homework During Absences - Parents concerned about students missing assignments during an absence should arrange for assignments to be sent home with a brother, sister, neighbor, or to be picked up at the end of the school day by a parent. Please arrange for the homework by calling the office in the morning. This gives the teacher time to prepare assignments the child can successfully complete.

Extended Absences - Please try not to take a vacation while school is in session. While a vacation can be educationally profitable, it can seriously impact the following points: 1) It is impossible to make-up the classroom lessons missed. 2) Since many assignments and follow-up practice are a part of each days classes, it is not possible to furnish all materials in advance or do so accurately. 3) Your child will not have the resource of teacher direction. 4) Missed instruction could affect grades and attitude.

Parents are encouraged to coordinate extended absences such as family vacations with school vacations so as not to interrupt learning.

Extended absences must be received through the office. Make-up work should be organized through the classroom teacher.

Attendance Letters are sent out of concern to advise parents of their students absences. If a student has 5 unexcused or 10 excused absences parents will be notified by letter of the requirement to have a professional/medical excuse for any absences in the remainder of the semester. Letters/contacts will also be made to request a parent meeting if habitual truancy continues. Habitual truancy is defined as the student being absent from school without an acceptable excuse for part of or all of 5 or more days on which school is held during a school semester.

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