Student Absences

Students who desire to obtain the greatest benefit from public education recognize that regular attendance and participation in classes are essential. The benefits of regular classroom instruction are lost and cannot be entirely regained, even by extra after-school instruction. Consequently, many students who miss school frequently experience great difficulty in achieving the maximum benefits of schooling. According to state law, it is the obligation of every parent to ensure that every child under his/her care and supervision receives adequate education and training and, if of compulsory attendance age, attends school. Parents must communicate their child’s absences in the manner and within the period of time specified by the school.
If your child will be absent from school, please call our 24-hour attendance line at 303-734-3200 by 8:45 a.m. If your child is absent from school and they have not been reported, we will contact you to verify the absence. If we are unable to contact you, the absence will be counted as unexcused. If your child will be absent from school for an extended period of time, it is required that you inform the office in writing stating the dates and reason for the absence. Excused absences in a semester become excessive after a student misses 10 days, or more than 10 percent of school time. A physician’s verification of illness is required for a student whose absences exceed 3 or more days or if a student's total absences have become excessive.
Parents of students who are determined to have excessive absences will receive a letter asking parents to develop a plan with the school to improve school attendance. Thank you for your commitment to your child’s education and dedication to maintaining and/or developing consistent school attendance.