An Excused absence is an absence the school determines to be legitimate. Examples of such absences are illness, family emergencies, medical or legal appointments, special family trips, and religious observances. The decision is made in accordance with state laws and district policy.
An Unexcused absence and/or tardy is one that the school cannot honor, such as oversleeping, lack of transportation or car trouble, traffic, waking to school, missed bus, completing homework, "out-of-district residency", work, babysitting, etc.
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Make-up Work for Absences
Credit for work missed during excused absences will be allowed when the required work has been satisfactorily completed. A student is allowed one day more than the total number of days absent, not to exceed ten (10) school days to make up any missed assignments. This policy does not apply to long term assignments for which students had advanced notice prior to their absences. It is the student's responsibility to obtain make-up work. Parents should feel free to contact teachers directly via email to arrange when you can come in to pick up homework. Students who have truancies will be responsible for all class work and assignments missed.
Requests for prearranged absences should be made at least three (3) school days prior to the absence to allow time for an individual plan for assignments to be formulated. Parents should request in writing through the attendance office any prearranged absence. Family trips, religious occasions, and other extended absences are examples of prearranged absences.
Student Dismissal Precautions
Students of estranged parents shall be released only upon the request of the parent whom the court holds directly responsible for the student and who is the parent or guardian registered on the school emergency record. The principal, or designee, may require presentation of the appropriate court document for verification purposes.
The school may request a physician's verification of illness forexcessive absences if deemed necessary. Excused absences become excessive after a student misses five (5) days of school. The principal or designee may authorize exceptions in case of an emergency such as a death or severe illness in the family. Excessive excused absences may require a doctor's verification. The school retains the right to determine if an absence is excused or unexcused.
Students who arrive after 7:54 a.m. are to report directly to the Attendance Office. Unexcused tardies will result in consequences; accumulated tardies may result in a referral to truancy court. School administrators will determine whether a tardy is excused or unexcused.
Leaving During School Day
Students who need to leave school during school hours must bring a note to the attendance office from their parents that day, giving the reason and the time the student is to be dismissed. Parents may also call the school to make these arrangements. No student will be sent home until parents or a person on the emergency card is contacted and informed that the student is leaving. Once students arrive on school grounds, they may not leave before the end of school unless a parent signs them out through the Attendance Office. all parents/guardians must sign their child out in person at the Student Services office. Students will not released to parents waiting outside the building.