Regular attendance affects student success. Students may occasionally need to be absent for illness, emergencies, etc. In such cases, students have the responsibility to arrange make-up work with their teachers.
A parent or guardian may excuse an absence up to 10 school days following the absence, and a tardy only on the day of the tardy. After 10 days, an absence may only be excused after speaking with an administrator. An automated attendance caller will call home each afternoon/evening to report unexcused absences.
Students are responsible to check-in at the attendance office anytime they enter campus after class has begun. For excused tardies or absences students must have a parent note or phone call to excuse the absence or tardy.
Students who are checking out must have a parent call or visit the attendance office. Students may not leave school during the school day (except lunch time) without checking out. After a student checks out of school, he/she must leave campus. If a student remains on campus after checking out, he/she will be considered truant or loitering and may be cited by the campus officer. Students enrolled in off-campus classes (i.e. MATC, Internships, Seminary, etc.) must leave campus.
Truancy is when a student is deliberately absent from school and/or class without the knowledge or consent of their parents or the school. Truancies may restrict students from making up work that was missed or participating in extra-curricular activities.
Overall truancies will result in the following:
· 1 truancy – Parent Contact
· 2 truancy – Flex/Lunch Detention
· 3+ truancy – Saturday Attendance School
Unexcused absences will result in the following:
1 missed class = 1 absence
· 10 Absences – Letter informing parents/guardians of attendance expectations.
· 20 Absences – Letter outlining the consequences of non-attendance required by state law.
· 40 Absences – Referral to Truancy School.
· 60 Absences – Referral to Court.
Law states that any student, who does not attend school for ten consecutive days without a legitimate excuse, will be dropped from school.
A student is considered tardy (T) if he/she is not in the classroom when the tardy bell rings. A student that is more that 15 minutes late is marked as “very tardy” (V). Every “very tardy” (V) will count as 2 tardies. Total tardies per term will result in the following:
· 4 – 7 Email home
· 8 – 10 Call home
· 11 – 15 Assigned to Lunch Detention
· 16+ Saturday Attendance School/In School Suspension/
Out of school suspension until parent conference
Saturday Attendance School:
First and Third Saturday’s from 8:00 – 10:00 am.