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.

Arrival

Students may begin arriving 5 minutes before the scheduled start time. 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.

Absences

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

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 as soon as possible.

Only authorized persons listed on student registration forms will be permitted to pick up your student. All other individuals must have a note from the parent/guardian before a student will be released. Identification of parents and authorized persons will be verified before children are released.