Student Attendance: Every Day Counts!
Research has shown that your child's attendance record may be the biggest factor influencing his/her academic success. Your commitment to school attendance will send a message to your child that education is a priority for your family, going to school every day is a critical part of educational success, and that it's important to take this responsibility seriously. Help by setting a good example; remember, every day counts!
While we would like to have students in school every day, we understand that children cannot learn when they are not feeling well. If your child has a temperature or is sick, it is best to keep him/her at home.
When your child is absent, please call the school between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. If a phone call is not possible, please send a dated and signed note, stating the reason for the absence, with your child when he/she returns to school.
Absences for illness and/or visits to a doctor or dentist as well as an absence due to a student’s attendance at a funeral for a parent, grandparent, brother, sister, sister or brother-in-law, or any other relative living in the student’s household are considered excused. Absences for any other reasons are considered unexcused and should be avoided if at all possible.
Attendance at Saturday Academy provides the opportunity for a student to make up absences and to receive additional academic support. Knowing that good attendance at the elementary school level is the responsibility of parents, Saturday Academy is NOT punitive. Instead, students will be exposed to engaging lessons as well as have the opportunity to participate in hands-on academic activities through the use of technology. Saturday Academy sessions are from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., on the dates identified below. Parents of students invited to Saturday Academy for excessive absences or tardies will be notified by letter. Students receiving such a letter are expected to attend Saturday Academy for the entire morning. Any other parent wishing to have his/her child attend Saturday Academy for academic support should contact the school principal for the date and location of the next Saturday Academy session. All sessions meet from 8:00 a.m. to noon and students must be in attendance the entire 240 minutes to receive credit.
Independent study programs are available for children who will be absent from school five (5) or more days due to family vacations or other unexcused reasons. The school secretary or your child's classroom teacher can provide details for the processing of independent study programs.