Regular attendance at school is important for a student’s success. Students are expected to be at school every day and report to class on time. This is a legal obligation as well as a school expectation.
A tardy is defined as entering the classroom during and/or after the bell has rung. Late arrival to school or class is always discouraged. However, we realize that circumstances beyond the student’s control can sometimes cause him/her to be tardy.
The following is our policy for unexcused tardies: Students will get four (4) unexcused tardies per quarter without consequence. Once a student has reached the fifth (5th) tardy, he/she will be assigned a 30 minute after school detention (3:25-3:55).
If the student chooses to skip their detention, the office will make a phone call home and the detention will increase to an hour. If the student skips the second detention, further disciplinary action will be administered. Each subsequent tardy will result in an additional after school detention. A written notice will be provided to the student informing him/her of the assigned detention time, location, and date to be served. This tardy record will reset each academic quarter.
At the end of each nine weeks, a NO TARDY PARTY will be thrown for students with no tardies. Activities and rewards will vary per quarter.
When a student is absent from school an attempt shall be made to contact the parent or guardian to determine the reason for the absence. The principal has been designated to determine the acceptability and validity of excuses presented by the parent(s) or the student. Procedures for notifying parents on the day of a student’s absence shall be published in the student handbook.
Excused/Unexcused Absences The definition of “excused absence” includes the following:
Health-related treatment, examination, or recuperation;
Serious illness or death of a member of the family;
Obligatory religious observances;
Participation in a district-approved or school sponsored activity or course;
Absences prearranged by parents and approved by the principal; and Students of active duty military personnel may have additional excused absences at the discretion of the principal for visitations relative to leave or deployment. All absences which do not fit into one of the above categories would be considered an unexcused absence. A student serving a period of suspension or expulsion from the district shall not be considered inexcusably absent.
Significant Part of a School Day: An absence of more than one class period in any school day shall be considered an absence for a significant part of the school day.
Make-Up Work: It is the student’s responsibility to obtain make-up assignments from teachers following an excused or unexcused absence.