Attendance at school is very important. It is important that our children learn early in life the importance of good attendance at school. Please try to schedule doctor, dentist, and other appointments outside school hours when possible.

Arrival – Children should not be dropped off before 9:10 a.m. without supervision.

Teachers and other school staff are involved in meetings and planning and are not available to supervise children before then. To be ensured of your child’s safety, all parents must observe the arrival time. Please do not drop off your student in the car line until school staff members arrive to provide supervision.

Parents may begin dropping their students off at the front of the school no sooner than 9:10 a.m. A Matoaka staff member will be there to greet them.

School Board Policy JEA

Attendance at school is very important. It is vital that our children learn early in life the importance of attending school regularly and being on time. Please try to schedule doctor and dentist appointments outside school hours when possible.


The Williamsburg-James City County attendance policy, in compliance with the Virginia Compulsory Attendance Law, defines a legal absence as one “caused by illness, quarantine, religious holiday, death in one’s family, floods, hurricane, and storms” OR educational family field trips not to exceed five (5) school days and for which at least five (5) days prior notice has been given in writing by the parent to the principal. Families are encouraged to limit their vacations to times that do not interfere with their children’s schooling.

To make sure an absence is excused, the teacher must receive a note from the parent stating the date and the reason for the absence. Without this written communication, the absence will not be excused. Excessive or chronic tardiness and absenteeism are monitored by teachers, assistants, attendance specialists, and the school social worker. Excessive absences may result in court action. For additional information on school attendance, see School Board Policy JEA.


Tardiness is disruptive to the routine of school. Acceptable reasons for excused tardiness are: illness of student, medical and dental appointments that cannot be arranged out of school hours, or bus problems. All children arriving late must be accompanied by their parents and report to the office before going to the classroom. The parent or school staff will complete a tardy slip which will be given to the teacher.

Leaving School before Dismissal and Parent Pick up/Drop off Procedures

Parents are requested not to take children out of school before the school day has ended. Learning continues until the end of the day and much is lost for the individual student through early dismissal.

When a student must be picked up early, parents should send a note with the child notifying the teacher. This note will be forwarded to the office with the attendance list. If circumstances arise during the school day that necessitates picking up your child, please call the school office to inform.

All authorized persons must have a note from the parent/guardian. Identification of parents and authorized persons will be verified before children are released.