The habit of regular and faithful attendance is a prerequisite to successful school life. Students should be absent only in cases of illness or emergency. The Board of Education directs the school administration and staff to enforce, on a consistent basis, all school regulations relative to school attendance. These regulations shall require that all absences be verified by home by the student's parents or legal guardian
Students absent for three or more consecutive days due to illness will be required to submit a written statement from a physician which includes the diagnosis for the extended absence.
Board of Education policy requires all students to be in full attendance for the entire school day. State attendance reporting regulations require a student to be in attendance 2.5 hours in both the a.m. or p.m. or be reported for the respective half day. Students arriving late but within the 2.5 hour limit shall be considered tardy.
Excused Absences: Reasons for an excused absence shall include illness of the student or family emergency, such as a death in the family or a religious holiday. All other absences, including weather and traffic, are considered unexcused.
If a student is not in attendance by 9:30 a.m. or leaves before the end of the school day, he/she will not be permitted to participate in any extracurriculars activities unless special arrangements have been approved by the administration. If a student does not participate during P.E. due to a medical reason, the student cannot participate in athletic practices or games on that day.
Leaving During the School Day
The following procedures should be followed if it is necessary for a student to leave the school during the day:
Parents should write a note requesting an early dismissal for a student who needs to leave school during the day. The note should indicate who will be picking the child up. Before the start of the school day, the student should bring the note to the school secretary who will issue an early dismissal slip.
The person who is to pick up the child must be signed out in the office by a parent, guardian, or person who has been authorized by the parent before leaving the building with that person.
If a child is to be picked up during that time that he/she may be at lunch, the person must sign the child out in the office and wait for the child the report to the office. Under no circumstances may an unauthorized adult who is not a staff member approach the lunch area.