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IMPORTANT ATTENDANCE POLICIES, PROCEDURES AND GUIDELINES

 

ABSENCES

When students are absent from school, a parent or guardian should call the Attendance Office (297-3900, extension 2401 or 2402) on the day of the absence giving the reason for the absence (see ABSENCE CLASSIFCATION CHART). If it is impossible to call, students must bring an absence note (in ink) signed by a parent or guardian when they return to school. The note should state the student’s full name, the date(s) and the reason for absence. If an absence is not cleared within 3 days, students become liable for disciplinary consequences and may be marked truant.

LEAVING CAMPUS EARLY

Whenever possible, schedule appointments before or after school hours. If a student must leave during school hours, the student should bring a note to the office before school. If unable to bring in a note, a parent/guardian may call the attendance office to arrange for the student to be released. In accordance with district policy all 9 th and 10 th grade students needing to leave the campus between noon and 1:00 pm MUST be signed out by a parent/guardian at the time of release. Anytime a student arrives late to school or returns to school after a release, the student must check in at the attendance office for a clearance.

SUCCESS IN HIGH SCHOOL STARTS WITH GOOD ATTENDANCE

An absence reduction program is in effect for all students. The program has four levels based on the total number of absences from a class. School suspensions and Opportunity Room placements also count as an absence; school activities do not.

LEVEL 1 (5 absences) – Parent notified by Attendance Office
LEVEL 2 (8 absences) – Parent contacted by teacher.
LEVEL 3 (11 absences) – Parent contacted by counselor.
LEVEL 4 (15 absences) – Parent contacted by Administrative Designee.

Absence Examples Procedures for Parent Make-up Work
EXCUSED
  1. Illness/injury
  2. Medical Appointments
  3. Funeral (immediate family)
  4. Quarantine
  5. Verified family emergency
  6. Religious activity
  7. Essential family travel
  8. Job interview
  9. Court appearance or jury duty
Note or phone call
AT TIME OF OR FOLLOWING THE ABSENCE
Student allowed to complete work with full credit
WARRANTED
  1. Community disaster
  2. Exclusion
  3. Unforeseeable circumstances
Note or phone call AT TIME OF OR FOLLOWING THE ABSENCE Student allowed to complete work with full credit
UNEXCUSED Absence due to carelessness or a pearsonal reason (oversleeping, out-of-gas, shopping, missed bus, driving test, personal, working, etc.) Note or phone call AT TIME OF OR FOLLOWING ABSENCE Teacher discretion on make-up work
UNVERIFIED Reason for absence has not been verified (If left unverified for 3 days the absence will be changed to truant) Note or phone call AT TIME OF OR FOLLOWING ABSENCE Teacher discretion on make-up work
SUSPENSION Absence due to class, in-school, or out of school (all day) suspension   Teacher discretion on make-up work
TRUANT Student intentionally and deliberately failed to report without reasonable cause   NO MAKE-UP WORK SHALL BE PERMITTED

 
 
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