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How To Report an Absence
If your child is absent, please report it by sending an email to [email protected]. Please see below regarding excused and unexcused absences when reporting an absence.
Attendance Policy
Regular school attendance is essential for the student to make the most of his or her education—to benefit from teacher-supervised activities, to build each day’s learning on that of the previous day, and to grow as an individual.
Absences from class may result in a serious disruption of a student’s mastery of the instructional materials; therefore, the student and parent should make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences. If any student’s Individual Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan conflicts with this policy, the requirements of the student’s IEP or 504 Plan take precedence.
Excused and Unexcused Absences
The following absences are considered excused absences:
1. personal illnesses that do not exceed three consecutive days (Illnesses that extend beyond three days will require a doctor's note.);
2. family emergency;
3. observing religious holy days;
4. juvenile court proceeding documented by a probation officer;
5. appearing at a governmental office to complete paperwork required in connection with the student’s application for United States citizenship;
6. taking part in student’s United States naturalization oath ceremony;
7. documented health care appointment, if the student begins classes or returns to school on the same day as the appointment;
8. serving as an election clerk;
9. serving as a page for the General Assembly;
10. serving in-school or out-of-school suspension;
11. required screening, diagnosis, and treatment for Medicaid-eligible students;
12. documented college visit by a junior or senior student (see “College Days [H],” p.
22); or
13. temporary absence resulting from any cause acceptable to the Campus Director/Headmaster.
Any absence not listed above will be considered an unexcused absence. Examples of unexcused absences include, but are not limited to, class cuts, car trouble, oversleeping, personal business, vacation, etc.
Required Documentation of Absences
When a student must be absent from school, it is the parent’s responsibility to call the school office each day to explain the reason for the student’s absence. Upon returning to school, the student must bring a note to the school office, signed by the parent, which describes the reason for the absence. In order to excuse the absence, the note
must: 1. be submitted to the school office within two school days of the student’s return to school, and 2. describe an acceptable reason for the absence (see “Excused and Unexcused Absences” p. 2).
A student may be excused for a temporary absence resulting from a visit to health care professionals if that student begins classes or returns to school on the same day of the appointment. A note from the health care professional must be provided to the school office upon return of the student to school. Students whose absences are excused for these reasons may not be penalized for that absence and will be counted as if the student attended school for
attendance purposes. The student will be allowed a reasonable time to make up the missed school work.
Extended Absence Policy
State law mandates that a student is dropped from the enrollment after 10 consecutive days of absence. As a result, that enrollment spot is open and our charter requires that if we have a wait list, we will fill that opening. Therefore, once you have been dropped from the roll, you must re-enroll. If there is an opening available, you could enroll,
otherwise you would go on a wait list.
Notification to Parents
The school will notify the parent by mail when the student is absent from school, without excuse, on 5 days in a semester. The notice will inform the parent of, among other things, the need for a conference between the parent and the Attendance Officer/Campus Director/Headmaster to discuss the absences.