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Attendance

ABSENCES

Student success in school is directly tied to attendance. Responsibility for attending class lies with the student and their family. If a student is absent from class, he or she should do one of the following within two days of returning to school:

  1. Bring a note to the attendance office from a parent or guardian stating the date(s) of the absence and the reason(s) for the absence.

or

  1. Have the parent or guardian call the attendance office at 566-3490 and give the date(s) of the absence and the reason(s) for the absence. 

Students shall be classified as truant if they are absent from school without a valid excuse for three full days in one school year or tardy for more than any 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combinations thereof. Such student and their parents/guardians are subject to a SART meeting to create attendance intervention strategies aimed at improving student attendance. Students who violate attendance contracts created at SART meetings are subject to SARB hearings, which may result in school removal or referral to Truancy Court.  

Early Dismissals require an ID of an adult listed on the emergency card for every dismissal.  Students will not be dismissed without an adult present.  There will be no exceptions.

 

TARDY/LATE POLICY

It is our belief that being on time to classes is an important trait directly related to success in school and future successes. It is during the first part of the period that the lesson’s objectives are explained, assignments are corrected, and new assignments are discussed. Scholars must be inside of their classroom doors when the bell rings to not be considered tardy. Teachers will take attendance in the first 5 minutes of class for each period and will mark students tardy if they come into the classroom after the bell. There are no passes issued during the first and last ten minutes of class.  Students out of class during instruction time are required to have a pass or will be sent back to their classrooms.

Tardy Interventions

Number of tardies per month for 1st period

Consequences
0 Monthly lunchtime party/reward
1 - 3 SOAR points
3 or more Teacher contacts parent/guardian

 

Number of tardies per month for 2nd - 6th period

Consequences
0 Monthly lunchtime party/reward
1 - 3 Student conference with teacher
4 Teacher contacts parent/guardian
5 After school detention or 2 lunchtime detention (student will review attendance, grades, assignments, and complete attendance reflection and planning)
more than 5 office staff contact home; temporary removal from clubs, teams, and activities (until tardies below 1); detention; conference with family; attendance contract