Research shows that school attendance and student achievement are directly related. Being present at school is very important to the overall learning experience. Extended time away from the classroom can have a significant impact on both student performance and school goals.
In order to have an absence excused, a note must be written and turned in to the attendance office (the school does not have a sick line). If a student is signed out or comes to school tardy, a note must also be written in order to make this an excused tardy. This will use one of the five absences for the semester (this note must be turned in when the student is signed out or arrives at school). If a student is tardy because of a doctor, dental, or court appointment and a note is turned in with the correct date, the tardy is automatically excused, and it does not count against the five absences for the semester. All absence notes must be turned in within five days of the absence to the attendance office.
Student Sign Out
Parents/guardians with a photo ID need to report to the attendance office to sign out their student. We ask that parents do not sign their student out after 2:10 pm so that we can ensure a smooth dismissal. If the student drives to school and needs to be signed out during the day, they must bring a note from their parent/guardian first thing in the morning to the attendance office with a phone number where the parent/guardian can be reached. Only after a parent/guardian is contacted, will the student be allowed to sign themselves out. If the attendance office cannot contact the parent/guardian, the student may not sign out. The front office cannot accept phone or email requests from a parent for their student driver to check out.
In accordance with School Board policy, students who are 18 years of age or older are permitted to check themselves out, however, a courtesy phone call will be placed by attendance to notify the parent/guardian that their student is leaving campus.
State law and district attendance policy allow the parent/guardian to write notes to document and excuse up to ten days of student absence for illness or excusable reasons per year; five days in the first term (August–January) and five days in the second term (January–June).
Beyond those ten days, if a student has a serious reason to miss additional days, the school principal can review parent requests to excuse up to five more days per year for a total of 15 days. That is a significant amount of time out of school especially when students have to make up the missed work and keep up with the new work. Students do not receive credit for work made up for unexcused absences, which will impact their grades.
Beyond 15 days per year, only doctor/therapist or court notes are accepted to excuse absences. It is very important to document all days of absence with a note, which must be turned in at school even if the reason for absences does not allow the day to be excused. It is important to note that family vacations are not excusable days. Questions about attendance should be directed to the attendance clerk at your child's school.
Attendance Makes a Difference
Good Attendance: 9 or Fewer Absences
Students with good attendance generally achieve higher grades and enjoy school more.
Students benefit most from their educational opportunities if they attend school regularly and on time.
Warning: 10–17 Absences
- Students absent an average of 15 days per year will miss a year's worth of school before their senior year.
- When students miss a day of school, it actually puts them two days behind their classmates.
Chronic Absenteeism: 18 or More Absences
Excused and unexcused absences represent lost time in the classroom and lost opportunities to learn.
- Missing just one day every two weeks adds up to 18 days in a year.