- Temporary illness or injury
- Extended absences due to physical, mental, or emotional disabilities
- Medical or dental appointments that cannot be scheduled outside of the regular school day (documentation from care provider required)
- Absences directly related to the primary handicapping condition of an identified handicapped student
- Emergency, serious illness, or death in the family
- An absence that occurs when the student is in the custody of court of law enforcement authorities
- Absences due to suspension (in accordance with state law)
- An absence resulting from participation in a work/study program, field trip, or athletic competition under the supervision of school
- Extremely inclement weather
- Participation in religious observances
- An absence that is approved by an administrator of the school
Note: All other absences are considered unexcused.
Multi-period absences: Periods will count as half-day to full-day absences. Two half-days will count as one full day toward the 10-day limit.
Prearranged absences include interviews with college admission officials, interviews with career employer representatives, and special family activities and extenuating circumstances as determined by the principal or his designee. Please have your student come to the attendance desk for a Prearranged Absence Form before the event. This will be signed by parents, teachers, and the Dean of Students/Assistant Principal to excuse absences.
Missed Work for Absenteeism
Students with absences must make arrangements with the teacher to make up work for excused absences. The amount of time for completing makeup work is at the teacher’s discretion. Arrangements must be initiated within two school days of absence. Work assigned prior to the absence is due on the original date or immediately upon return as per the teacher’s expectations. Work assigned while the student is absent will be due as per the arrangement between the teacher and the student. Students with prearranged absences are held responsible for all missed class information. All homework or projects that occur during a prearranged absence must be submitted as per the prior arrangement between the teacher and the student. It will be at the discretion of each teacher whether to accept makeup work (including exams) occurring during an unexcused absence. No student can miss a class in order to make up work for another class.
School Notification Concerning Unexcused Absences
Unless the absence has been excused, the Attendance Office will attempt to make a computerized telephone call concerning each class period missed. Parents and students may access attendance via Infinite Campus. In an effort to support regular attendance, a letter will be sent home after 10 unexcused class-period absences. Another letter will be sent home at 20 unexcused class-period absences and a remedial attendance plan will be developed at this point to support better attendance at school. If that plan does not increase student attendance, the school may move forward with truancy mediation and/or judicial proceedings.
When your student wakes up sick in the morning but decides to come to school later that day because the illness has passed, the parent and/or the student must check in at the attendance desk. The parent must make a follow-up phone call to the Dean of Students to correctly mark your student’s attendance.
Incorrectly Marked Absences
It is the student’s responsibility to get a correction form (Oops Slip) from the attendance office and have the teacher sign it, then return it to the Attendance Office. All updates will be available on Infinite Campus after the correction is made. Reminder: If your student is more than 5 minutes tardy, it is considered an absence.