“Research shows that attendance is critical to student success – and school success. And parents have more influence than anyone else. Remember: Attendance isn’t just about being at school. It’s also about being on time.” (Firm, Fair, & Consistent, February 2012).
Here are some important attendance information to remember.
- When your child is absent, please write a note stating the specific reason that your child missed school. Any notes that do not have a specific reason are considered unexcused. Please remember to write the date the child was absent and sign it as well.
- If your child visits a doctor’s office, please remember to get an official doctor’s note to bring back to school.
- If you know that you are planning an extended weekend, or will be out of town, please make sure that you send in a note at least 24 hours in advance. All trips need to be approved in order to be excused.
- When your child reaches 5 unexcused absences, the school counselor will make a phone call asking you to send in notes for the absences.
- After 1 week, if notes haven’t been submitted a letter will go home asking for notes for the absences.
- Once your child reaches 10 total (excused or unexcused) absences, a letter will be sent home.
- Once your child reaches 20 total (excused or unexcused) absences, a letter will be sent home and a meeting will be scheduled to discuss your child’s absences.