Attendance Policy

When a child is absent or tardy from school, the parent or guardian should send a note to the school explaining the reason for the absence upon the child’s return to school. All notes must include: the date of the note, the name of the child, the date of the absence(s) or tardy, the specific reason for the absence(s) or tardy and the parent’s signature.

Students may be retained for excessive absences from school throughout the year. They cannot learn the material if they are not in the classroom.

If you have questions about your child’s attendance, please contact Donna Glapion

When a student misses school, their absence falls under four categories:

  • Exempted and Excused: The student is allowed to make up the missed work and the absence is not counted against the attendance requirement. Examples are extended illness documented by a doctor or to celebrate religious holidays. There is no limit to these absences.
  • Non-Exempted and Excused: The student is allowed to make up the missed work but the absence is counted against the attendance requirement. An example is personal or family illness documented by a parent’s note. The number of non-exempt and excused absences is based on the number of school days offered. Schools are required to offer 177 days of school, which means a student can be absent ten days. If more school days are offered, then the number of absences also increases.
  • Unexcused: The student is not allowed to make up the missed work and the absence is counted against the attendance requirement. An example is skipping school.
  • Suspensions: The student is allowed to make up the missed work but the absence is counted against the attendance requirement.