Regular school attendance in each class is important for continuity. On the first day of school you will be issued two excuse blanks. Should an absence occur, bring the excuse blank completed in ink by your parent to your second period or homeroom teacher immediately on your return. Students are not allowed to sign their own excuse blanks regardless of age. If the excuse is not presented by the third day, at the discretion of the administration the absence will be marked unexcused or unlawful according to compulsory attendance laws. When a student receives three unlawful absences, parents will receive a First Notice/First Offense letter. With five (or more) unlawful absences, parents will receive a citation (court fine). If a student is absent more than 10 days in one school year, the parents may receive an Excessive Absence letter. All excuses after that must be accompanied by a doctor's note so the absence will not be marked unexcused or unlawful. If you have been absent three or more consecutive days you must also turn in a doctor's note. To avoid unnecessary excessive absence letters, students who visit a doctor during any absence should bring a note from the doctor. Whenever you are not in school, have a parent/guardian phone the school office by 9 a.m. to tell us of your absence. If no telephone calls are received, the school may call your home or your parent or guardian at work to verify your absence. Absent to the end of 4th period constitutes a half day. Two demerits per period and a zero recorded for work missed will be assessed for unexcused tardies for students arriving after the start of period one.
If you must be excused early, you should, on the preceding day, bring a written request from your parents. You will receive a form, which must be signed by the teachers whose classes you will miss. The completed form is to be returned to the office. You may not leave the school grounds during any time school is in session without permission from school officials.
Educational or Excused Trips
At least one week before an educational trip or college visitation, you should bring a written request from your parents. You will then follow the early dismissal procedure.
A sign-out sheet is in the main office for any student who must leave school early or when excused by the nurse because of illness. Parents or other adults should come in and sign the student out.
Students who arrive late to school should shall report to the Late to School area (located across the hallway from the high school office). The teacher on duty will enter the date and time entered at the desk using the time clock located in the high school office. Students will be responsible for providing documentation to support legitimate reason for being tardy (e.g. doctor's appointment). Next, a pass will be given indicating an excused tardy to report to their first period class. All others will be given a pass indicating an unexcused tardy and will be sent to their first period class as well. The administrator will assign the consequences for accumulated tardies - detention, in-school suspension, or out-of-school suspension. If you are late between classes because of your own actions, you are to report to class. Your subject teacher will note the lateness in the grade book and report tardies to the office. Students arriving late to school at any other time are required to report to the office to sign in. Absent to the end of 4th period constitutes a half-day. Two demerits per period and detentions will be assessed for unexcused tardies for students arriving after period one.Number of tardies
Response5 1 detention10 Saturday detention15 2 Saturday detentions20 3 Saturday detentions25 Alternative Education