Report an Absence Line: 303-347-3580
Jen Muller /  Attendance Reporting / jmuller[at][dot]us 

Attendance Policy
Daily attendance is critical for academic success. Frequent absences (excused or unexcused) result in students missing valuable instruction and often impede students from making a connection to the Options Middle School community, a critical factor in their success.

Absences may be excused for student illness, medical appointments that cannot be taken care of outside of school hours, or absences that are approved by the administrator of the program before the absence. Absences will be excused when parents telephone Options Middle School at 303.347-4725, the day of the absence or by 3:30 p.m. the following day.

An unexcused absence is one that the parent does not excuse or one that the school does not approve. Unexcused absences are absences not covered in the categories of pre-arranged and excused absences. In general, they are absences to take care of business that can normally be done outside of school hours. Examples of unexcused absences include: oversleeping, running errands, car problems, missing class to spend time with family, etc.

In all other cases not covered by one of the foregoing exceptions, the administrator shall decide whether absences are excused or unexcused. Absences due to suspensions shall be considered unexcused.

Options Middle School has a closed campus throughout the day, including the lunch hour. Food will be available for purchase or students may bring a lunch from home. A parent must check-out students through the main office.

According to Board Policy JH, “…absences shall be considered excused: A student who is temporarily ill or injured or whose absence is approved by the administrator of the school of attendance before the absence…The District may require suitable proof regarding the above exceptions, including written statements from medical sources.” If required, this document must be on the medical office’s letterhead and should include the reason and date for the absence. Any absences without this documentation will be unexcused.

  • Once 24 hours of unexcused absences are accrued, formal truancy proceedings will follow.
Absence Reporting
When reporting an absence to the Attendance Office, the student's name, grade, class periods missed, and reason for the absence are necessary information for our records. If students are absent for less than a full day, they are required to sign in and out at the Attendance Office. It is required that parents report all absences to the school within 24 hours. The number to call 24 hours a day is 303-347-3580.
Absences that occur after a student has attended a class must be excused at the time of the absence. Students MUST sign out at the Attendance Office. At that time an attempt will be made to contact the parent/guardian or persons listed on the student's emergency card. If no one can be contacted, the student will not be allowed to sign out. 
Prearranged Absences
Requests for prearranged absences (forms available in the Attendance Office) must be made at least three school days prior to the absence. The teacher will inform the student at the time of the request when missed work needs to be completed. Field trips, college visitations, religious occasions, and non-school athletic events are examples of prearranged absences.
Make-Up Work
Credit for work missed during excused absences will be allowed when the required work is satisfactorily completed. Students shall have at least one day for every day of absence, generally not to exceed ten school days, to make-up any missed assignments. It is the student's responsibility to obtain make-up work. Students who have unexcused absences (other than suspensions) will not be allowed credit for work missed. 
Students who have an unexcused absence due to a suspension, will be responsible for all work and assignments missed. It is the student's responsibility to request all make-up work and the teacher's responsibility to provide the make-up work. A grade of "0" will be recorded for any work not made up within the allotted time. Amount of credit assigned is based on teacher discretion.

Cell Phone—Electronic Device Use Policy

  1. At 7:40AM students must power down their electronic devices: cell phones, Ipods, MP3 player to the OFF position.
  2. Students are allowed to use their cell phones or other electronic devices during their lunch time, although we would prefer they are active outside and talking/interacting with their classmates.
  3. Music and earphones are prohibited during class time. Teachers will, depending on the situation, provide music for students within their learning environments.
  4. Electronic Devices may be used in the classroom for educational purposes--only with teacher permission permission.
  5. Cell phones and electronic devices will be confiscated when students choose to use them outside the program policy. The staff member will ask the student to give them the device.

First Offense: Device will be confiscated. The student may pick-up their device in the office as they leave the building.

Second Offense: Device will be confiscated. Parent will be contacted for conference and to retrieve the device from the office. The student will not be allowed to pick-up

Third Offense: Device will be confiscated. A Restorative Justice Circle with the principal, parents and/or appropriate staff member will take place. Student may also be suspended given prior warnings and meeting with parent.

These standards apply in school district buildings, on school grounds, in school vehicles, on school district property, and at school-sponsored activities. Options Middle School/LPS is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Disciplinary action for repeated violation of this policy may include requiring the student to check cell phone or other devices in and out each day, referral to administration, parental conference or suspension.

Gang Activity
There is to be no gang apparel, logos, insignias, jewelry, writing on self or materials, discussion, gestures, or anything else remotely representative of gangs at school, at school functions or on any Littleton Public Schools property. This includes any bandanas – no matter the color.
ANY infractions of the gang policy or the above rule, will result in suspension and/or removal from Options Middle School.

Behavior Interventions & Supports 
We expect that students at Options Middle School will exhibit mature and acceptable behavior. Respect, courtesy and consideration for others are a major emphasis of our program in order to ensure the best possible educational environment for all students. All students will be expected to follow the LPS code of conduct.

All Options community members (students and staff) are expected to actively and consistently demonstrate the 6 P's.

6 P's
Be Prompt, Be Polite, Be Prepared, Be a Participant, Be Productive, and Be Positive

These behaviors are posted and expected to be followed in: hallways, classrooms, bathrooms, the main office, the cafeteria, the gym, the bus, outside yard, and at all LPS activities.

Rules Against Bullying
Engaging in bullying behavior in any form is not tolerated at OMS. OMS has made a commitment to actively confront bullying behavior in a proactive manner by the following rules and using the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. This is a school wide prevention program focused on changing norms and behaviors around bullying.

  1. We do not intimidate or bully others.
  2. We help students who are intimidated or bullied.
  3. We include and reach out to all students in our community.
  4. When we know someone is being intimidated or bullied, we step up and step in

Student Dress Code
Students are expected to dress appropriately for school. This might be described as neat, clean and modest dress. Students should take into consideration classes where safety measures are required for dress, such as science, physical education and art classes.

General standards of appropriate dress include but are not limited to, the following:

  • Shoes or sandals must be worn for obvious hygiene and safety reasons.
  • Unacceptable dress includes clothing that is transparent or revealing.
  • Clothing that advertises alcoholic beverages, tobacco or drugs is unacceptable.
  • Clothing that uses vulgar, offensive or obscene language, designs or messages or gang symbols is unacceptable.
  • Students may not sag their pants.
  • Students may not wear pajamas or slippers.
  • Clothes must be worn in the manner that the manufacturer intended.
  • Sunglasses are only to be worn outside.

These standards apply in school district buildings, on school grounds, in school vehicles, on school district property, and at school-sponsored activities.

Disciplinary action for repeated violation of dress standards may include requiring the student to remove or change the grooming/apparel, referral to administration, parental conference or suspension.