We request that parents/guardians call theschool office at 759-6150 each day your child is unable to attend school. Voice mail service is available for your use before and after school hours. Please indicate the reason your child will not be at school. If a reason is not given, we will no longer be able to excuse the absence. District staff will follow up on any unexcused absence according to the Student Attendance Policy #430.
If a call or previous notification of an absence has not been received by 8:00 AM, you will be called to determine why your child is not in attendance. This will assure both you and the school that your child is safe.
In order to protect the health of students and staff, we ask that a child who appears ill or has had a fever, has vomited, or has had diarrhea in the past 24 hours should remain home from school. The school reserves the right to request a physician’s excuse when attendance is a concern. Attendance letters will be sent out to students when they have accumulated 5, 10, 15 and 20 days of absence.
Please prearrange all planned, extended absences for students (such as for a family vacation) with the teacher by sending a note which lists the dates the absence will occur and states the reason for the absence. This will ensure an accurate attendance record for your child.
We understand that time spent together as a family on vacations can be an important part of family life. However, the instructional process does not stop when students are not at school, and lost instructional time cannot be recovered or recreated. Therefore, we strongly encourage families to schedule vacations around the existing school vacation days. If you must schedule a trip or other extended absence that will occur during scheduled school days, please follow these guidelines:
- Prearrange the absence with the teacher via a note or email stating the dates the absences will occur and the reason for the absence. This will allow us to excuse your child from school and keep accurate attendance records.
- Homework often cannot be prepared in advance, because the purpose of homework is to provide practice and review of skills taught in the classroom. Your child’s teacher may be able to prepare some work in advance with 5 ample notice of the absence, but it is not required of the teacher. However, additional work may be assigned when your child returns. Any work assigned prior to the absence should be completed and returned when your child returns to school.
- Try to minimize the pre-vacation excitement for your child to reduce the instructional time lost due to distraction and excitement. You can also help your child make a smooth transition back to school by talking with them about the return to school for several days before you return.