Each student is expected to attend school every day. Parents or guardians will be notified as absences accumulate as the law requires that parents/guardians make a good faith effort to get their children to school. We care about the academic success of our students and closely monitor student attendance.
Reasons for an Absence
Excused absences include: medical appointments, illness, death in family or court appointments. All other absences are unexcused.
Reporting an Absence
Families must notify the school in writing of the absence stating the reason for the absence, the date of the absence, and any other pertinent information. Families can notify the school by sending a handwritten note to the office with the student upon returning to school, by emailing the attendance office HERE. For medical appointments, please provide a note from the medical professional. If notification of absence is not presented within five school days, the absence may be considered unexcused.
Students who arrive tardy (not in their classroom, in their assigned seat ready to work at 9:15 AM) must report to the office for a pass. Students who are tardy because of a medical/dental appointment or court appointment must bring a note into the office in order to excuse the tardy. Students will receive an unexcused tardy for sleeping late, missing the bus (not related to CMS transportation issues), car issues, and other reasons not related to a medical, dental, or court appointment. Unexcused tardiness to school and/or to class periods will result in consequences that are determined by the school.
Athletic Eligibility and Participation
A student must be in attendance at school the day of competition for at least one-half of the instructional day in order to participate. Also, a student must have 85 percent attendance in order to be eligible to participate in sports.
Early Dismissal Policy
Students may need to be checked out from school prior to the end of the school day to attend appointments or family events. Our goal is to work with parents to make this process as efficient as possible. We are also responsible for maintaining a learning environment as free from interruptions as possible. For this reason, the following guidelines are in place for early dismissal:
- Requests for early dismissals should be reported to the front office staff during morning arrival (8:45-9:15) in writing from a parent or approved guardian. Students are permitted to deliver notes to the front office when they enter the building. When a student submits the request for early dismissal, the child will be issued a pass for the time of the early dismissal.
- It is the student’s responsibility to monitor time and use his or her pass to report to the office for early dismissal at the scheduled time.
- At no time will a class be called during instructional time regarding early dismissal, as this interrupts teaching and student learning.
- If a student fails to report to the office at the scheduled time, the front office staff will call the student’s teacher during class change timeto request the student report to the front office.
- If a student forgets to submit a request for early dismissal or if an request for early dismissal is made after 9:15, the student will be called to the front office during class change time. This means that parents may need to wait for their child until class change time.
- At no time may a parent go to a classroom to pick up a child as this interrupts the learning environment. Scheduled class visits or observations by parents are always welcome.
- Emergencies are handled on a case-by-case basis. An example of an emergency would be the unexpected hospitalization of an immediate family member. Please note that this policy also applies to parents who request to meet with a student during the school day. Students may only be called to the front office to meet with a parent during class change.