Attendance Policy Updates
Attendance Information revised 6/14/2013
An absence due to a verified illness, medical, dental, or optometric services, quarantine, school-sponsored
education trip, or bereavement.
An absence arranged at least five days in advance with a written request from the parents and approval from the
teacher and the administration. Assignments given for the days to be missed must be turned in within five school
days of the time the student returns to class (this is the responsibility of the student and the parent). A prearranged
absence will not count against Student of the Month designation.
Any absence that does not meet the definition of a prearranged or excused absence. The student risks the loss
of grade points and the opportunity to make up the work.
An absence that is not within school regulations and without knowledge of the parents or school staff.
Failure to be in assigned place when the class begins. If students arrive after the designated time
for class to begin, they will need to be signed into the classroom by their parent. This will provide for an excused tardy.
All student absences and tardies must be verified by the parent or guardian within five days. All excuses must
contain the following: 1) student’s name, 2) dates absent or tardy, 3) reason for the absence or tardiness, 4)
parent’s signature. If there is no written excuse (paper or e-mail) within five days, the tardy or absence will be
considered unexcused except for those times when a parent checked the child into the classroom in which case the tardy is excused.
A total of nine first-period tardies in any one quarter accompanied by a parent’s written request
for excuse (or a parent signing them into class) may be accepted without penalty to the student. More than nine tardies with or without a written excuse will incur the three-point deduction from the attendance points. Individual cases may be considered.
Absence from a class for any reason in excess of 15% during a nine-week period may result in the loss of a
class grade and may jeopardize promotion to the next grade level.
Written excuses will only be honored within five days ofthe absence. After that time the absence will be considered unexcused.
Grades are issued as follows:
F=59 and below
Students begin each quarter with 100 points, and lose
points in the following ways:
One unexcused tardy = 3 point loss
One unexcused absence = 6 point loss
If during a four-week period there is perfect attendance, a student may earn six points.
Total points possible
How points are lost
More than 9 first period excused tardies= 3 points per tardy
Any unexcused tardies =3 points per tardy
1 unexcused absence = 6 points
A written note from the parent within five days to excuse absence or tardy; no absences or tardies
SIx points are added when there is perfect attendance for 20