Success in school is linked closely with being in the classroom, joining in class discussion, and doing the assigned work on a regular basis. In the classroom, students can take full advantage of classmates’ ideas, teacher explanations of assignments, and other material that enriches learning. There is no way to duplicate the same classroom experience after a student has been absent.
This telephone call allows the student to come to class the next day with little or no delay. Parents are requested to notify school personnel no later than 48 hours after the absence. If parents do not call, the student’s absence will be considered truant until a parent authorizes the absence. School staff will attempt to contact parents when students are absent and a parent call has not been received.
Students are not to leave school before their regular dismissal time without the permission of an administrator or the nurse. Once students have permission to leave, they must sign-out in the attendance office and leave the building.
If one of these situations occurs, parents should call the attendance office at least 24 hours in advance of the absence. For court, doctor, or dental appointments during the day, the student must sign out in the attendance office. Students may not be excused from any class in order to complete work, make-up work, or take a test or quiz.
All work assigned when the student was absent is to be made up after the student’s return to school.
Absences will be recorded on a per semester basis. Any student with excessive absences may be required to produce a medical authorization verifying the reason for his or her absences. Any of the following interventions or procedures may be utilized for students who accumulate six or more absences:
If a student is absent for 15 consecutive days, it is possible that the student may not earn course credit.
A student who is too ill to attend school may not attend work-study jobs, social, or athletic events.
The District discourages vacations which keep students from school because lost time from school places students at a disadvantage. Requests from parents to excuse students for vacations with members of the immediate family (family vacations) are considered on an individual basis. The school will not excuse a student for a vacation in which the student is not accompanied by a parent or guardian.
To obtain approval for a family vacation, please follow these steps:
College-bound juniors and seniors may be excused for two days to visit colleges to which they have applied for admission. These absences must be prearranged through the attendance office.