The right and privilege of attending public school carries with it certain commitments and responsibilities on the part of parents and students. High school attendance is ultimately the responsibility of the student and their family. It is important that parents and students recognize the direct relationship that exists between academic success and regular school attendance. Students should remain out of school only when absolutely necessary.
Attendance DefinitionsTardy: A student is tardy when he/she reports to class after the last bell and within the first 1/3 of a class period.Unexcused Absence: A student who arrives to class after the first 1/3 of the class period.Excused absence: An absence is excused if a parent/legal guardian notifies the school within 24 hours of the absence. The reason for the absence must be given. Some examples of excused absences are:
- personal illness
- doctor or dentist appointment that cannot be made before or after school
- serious family illness
- death in family or of a close friend
- important family business
- religious holiday
- checking out of school through the nurse’s or attendance office
Unverified absence: Any absence that is not excused by a parent/legal guardian.
School-related absence: If a student misses class due to a preapproved school-related activity, it will not count as an absence.
Suspension: The days of suspension do not count as absences for attendance policy.
The eleventh (11th) total absence will result in loss of credit for the class, unless there are extenuating circumstances. Extenuating circumstances could include, but are not limited to, hospitalization, personal/health issues, family issues, college visits, runaways, substance abuse rehabilitation, or parental decision. An exemption to this regulation will be for students at Compadre High School, who have extenuating situations.
The sixteenth (16th) total absence, excused or unexcused, will result in a loss of credit for the class, unless the student is on a chronic health plan.Off-Campus PolicyStudents may not leave campus or go to their vehicles during the school day, unless they have an off campus authorization form notarized and on file with the front office.