The high school is committed to cooperating with parents and the community to provide the best learning environment in which all students are given the opportunity to become confident, responsible, and successful life-long learners. Since attendance and participation in all classes are directly related to a child’s success, parents will receive communications from attendance staff regarding their child’s attendance status. Listed below are the guidelines used in monitoring student’s attendance.
Parents and students should be familiar with the following definitions:
- Excused absences: An excused absence is when the parent provides permission for a student to miss school for circumstances beyond the control of the student, parent, and the school. The parent must provide a written excuse for the school immediately upon the child’s return to school. Examples of excused absences include but are not limited to: illness, medical, dental, legal appointments, religious observances, death in the immediate family, family trip (one trip per year and not to exceed five days) if pre-approved by the principal at least one week in advance.
- Unexcused absences: An unexcused absence is an absence that keeps a student away from school without a valid reason. Examples of unexcused absences include but are not limited to: truancy (the student is absent and the school has not received notification from the parent that they are aware and support the absence); class cuts (defined as missing 10 or more minutes of class time); consecutive days of absence without communication from the parent; unapproved (pre-arranged) family trips; suspension from school; excessive absences not verified by a physician; patterned absences, etc. Students who elect to drive to school (or who ride with students that drive) and arrive late or miss school as a result of traffic conditions or problems with personal vehicles are considered unexcused. Students must sign out properly through the attendance office or the absence will be considered unexcused.