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You are responsible for attending school each day of your enrollment (180 days a school year) unless you are ill, or have a doctor or dental appointment or court appearance.

Studies show that there is a direct correlation between good school attendance and student achievement; therefore, we encourage you as students to understand the importance of good school attendance and to make every effort to attend school daily.

Excused Absence
Your absence from school or class shall be considered excused for apportionment purposes for the following reasons: Illness. Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health office. Having medical, dental or optometric services rendered. Attending funeral services of a member of the student’s immediate family.

Extended Absence Requiring Homework
If your absence will exceed two days, you (or your parent) should contact the school office telling them your name, grade, and the anticipated day of return. During the call, request homework, which may be picked up after school the following day. Arrange to deliver your completed and properly identified homework (be sure to include teacher’s name and period) and pick up additional assignments as the absence continues.

Absence Requiring Early Dismissal
When it is necessary for you to leave school early for a medical appointment or other reasons, you must bring a note — signed and dated by a parent or guardian — stating what time you need to be dismissed and for what reason. The teacher from whose classroom you will be dismissed will send you to the office at the required time. Your parent must sign you out for early dismissal. You may leave only when a parent, or person on the emergency card, with proper ID comes to the office to take you out, unless otherwise determined by an administrator.

Absence Procedures
If your parent has not called the school to excuse your absence before you return to school, you must bring a note with this important information:

  1. Date note is written
  2. Your name (first and last)
  3. Day, date, and period(s) of absence if not a full day
  4. Reason for absence
  5. FULL signature of parent or guardian

Give the note to your homeroom teacher upon your return to school.

Tardy Policy
It is very important that you be on time every day. The school and teachers enforce consequences for being late to school or class. Students who are tardy to any class period will be disciplined under the teacher/team discipline ladder. After being tardy three times to a class period, students will be referred to administration. Students who continue to be tardy will receive stricter consequences.

Truancy Policy
If you cut classes, you will be expected to make up the missed class time by serving after-school detention or campus beautification. Your parents will be notified when you have been truant. Please note that arriving thirty or more minutes late for first period also constitutes a period cut. Repeated truancies of tardiness and/or truancies from class or school will result in students being placed on a contract and referral to School Attendance Review Board (SARB).

Student Passes
When it is necessary for you to be out of class, you must have a WRITTEN pass that is signed and dated by a staff member. All other types of passes are unacceptable. It is your responsibility to have an appropriate pass. Your agenda has a student pass section included. You should carry your agenda with you at all times.