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Regular, punctual, daily attendance is critical to educational success. There are few reasons for absence other than illness, which cannot be avoided. Families are asked to consider alternatives to absence such as scheduling appointments before or after school hours. Students who are unavoidably absent are responsible to make adjustments for missed work. Prolonged absence from the school will require a doctor’s note, especially if assignments or tests are missed. If a student begins to have attendance problems the principal and home room teacher will meet with the student and their parents to assess the situation.
If a student has been away from classes for at least three (3) days homework may be requested from the teachers. Unauthorized absence from classes or scheduled activities constitutes “skipping” and will be disciplined. Students must sign in or out with the office whenever they arrive or leave classes during the normal time for school.
Students who are absent from school must present a note from their parent(s)/guardian(s) stating the date(s) of absence and the reason for the absence. If it is known ahead of time that a student will be absent from school prior notice is requested to their teacher.
Students who are 18 years of age, at the beginning of a semester, may write their own note, but, are also expected to follow the same procedures.
Self-discipline and good organization are key factors to good attendance. Therefore, sleeping in, absenting oneself to complete assignments, truancy and shopping are not acceptable reasons for absence from school.
Lateness and absences will be recorded on the students’ report card for each term/semester.
Students are cautioned to organize their priorities as avoidable absence from a test will not entitle them to a make-up test. Students absent when a test or assignment is due, must request on their first day back to school, consideration for a make-up test, or penalty-free extension for a due assignment. This request must include a specific reason for absence, as indicated by parent(s)/guardian(s)
Students are expected to arrive at their classes before the bell rings. Punctual arrival at the school should be the responsibility of the student not his/her parent(s)/guardian(s).