The right and privilege of attending public school carries with it certain responsibilities on the part of parents and students. High school attendance is ultimately the responsibility of the student and his/her family. It is important that parents and students recognize the direct relationship that exists between academic success and regular school attendance.
Absence - A student who arrives more than 20 minutes late is considered absent.
Excused absence - An absence is excused if a parent or guardian notifies the school. The reason for the absence must be given.
Off-Campus Pass - Generated by the front office staff allowing students to leave campus with parent/guardian permission.
School-related absence - If a student misses class due to a pre-approved school-related activity, it will not count as an absence.
Suspension - The days of suspension do not count as absences for attendance policy.
Tardy - A student is tardy when s/he is not in class when the tardy bell rings.
Unexcused absence - Any absence that is not excused by a parent or guardian.
A student is allowed no more than 10 absences, excused or unexcused per class per semester. The 11th absence may result in loss of credit unless there are extenuating circumstances. The following are examples of extenuating circumstances: hospitalization, personal/health reasons, family issues, chronic health issues, college visits, runaways, drug rehabilitation, parents kept child out, and parent issues. Contact the Dropout Prevention Coordinator with questions regarding extenuating circumstances. The 16th total absence, excused or unexcused, will result in a loss of credit for the class, with the exception being the student is on a chronic health plan.
Students will be disciplined as a result of unexcused absences. Consequences will include any of the following depending on the severity of student non-compliance: in-school suspension, off-campus suspension and withdrawal from class.
Seniors must be enrolled in four credit-bearing classes. All other students will need to be enrolled in six credit-bearing classes.
HOW TO REPORT AN ABSENCE
1 – to report an absence for full day absence
2– to report an absence for partial day absence or to speak with someone
3-- to speak to a Spanish speaking individual
After message and tone, please verbally state the following information:
- Spell the student’s last name, then give the first name
- ID Number
- Date of absence
- Periods missed
- The reason for the absence
- Your relationship to the student
- Phone number where you can be reached