Attending school every day is crucial for a student’s intellectual and social development. All students should bring a note the day they return to school explaining why they were absent. The note should include the current date, student’s name and exact days he/she was absent. The note should also be signed by the parent/guardian listed on the emergency card. A phone call by the parent/guardian listed on the emergency card is another way in which an absence by excused. If there is no attempt by the parent/guardian to clear an absence, a phone call will be made the student’s home by the attendance clerk. Excessive absences, either excused or unexcused, may result in referral to the Child Welfare and Attendance Office.
Students who are tardy to class interrupt the teacher’s instructional plan and the learning process for all students. Students are expected to be at their classroom number and prepared for instruction when the bell rings. Those who are not will be marked tardy.
In order to benefit fully from the instructional program, students must be on time every day. Unfortunately, there are times when being tardy is unavoidable.
If a student is tardy or absent for any of the reasons listed above, the law requires that the school be notified with a note, a phone call or a visit to the school office. The information must be given to the attendance office. The attendance clerk will mail a letter home after the third unexcused tardy. If no attempt is made to resolve the tardy problem with the school and the child continues to be late, a referral will be sent to the Child Welfare and Attendance Office. This action may result in a home visit by a district office official.