Absence and Illness

To be counted present for a given day, a student must report by 11 a.m. Students reporting to the school office after 11 a.m. are counted absent for the full day. Being absent on a program day/activity day makes you ineligible on that day for that activity. Students must be in school by 11:00 a.m. in order to participate.

If You Have Been Absent from School

All absences require an excuse (e-mail, phone call or signed note) from the parent giving the date and reason for the absence. Absences are unexcused until parental notice is received by the office. Elementary students are to e-mail or bring their excuses directly to their teacher. An excused absence would be for doctor appointments, personal illness, and death in the family. Parents should check with the office in advance regarding specific situations that may be an exception. An unexcused absence will result in a zero for any work due on the day of the absence. Parents will be notified for a conference if their student seems to be developing a pattern of absences: on days of tests, certain days each week, or when specific assignments are due. Unexcused absences exceeding 5 days per quarter in a given class must be made up. Failure to do so will result in a reduction of one letter grade.

If You Are Tardy to School

After 8:30 a.m., all students, parents and visitors must enter through the school office, located on the lower level just inside the southeast stairwell doors. All other entrance doors will be secured at that time. Tardy secondary students must report to the office for an excused or unexcused pass to class. When a secondary student exceeds four unexcused tardies in the same quarter, he/she will be assigned a p.m. detention for each additional tardy in that quarter.

Tardy elementary students must also enter through the school office doors but may go directly to their classrooms.

If You Are Tardy to Class

Secondary students must present a written excuse or a hall pass from the teacher who detained them. Do not go to the office for a pass, go directly to your next class. Two tardies to the same class in five consecutive school days will result in a referral/lunch detention. Permission to use the restroom should be received from the teacher of the class to which you are going, not the one you are leaving.

When Should You Keep Your Child Home?

  1. IF student has had a fever of 100 degrees or more, he/she should stay home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal.
  2. IF student has vomited or had diarrhea, he/she should stay home for 24 hours after the last episode.
  3. IF student has any rash that may be disease-related or you do not know the cause, check with your family physician before sending the student to school.
  4. IF student has pink eye and has not had sufficient doses of medication to render them non-contagious.
  5. IF student is ill, please call the school to report the illness.

If Your Child Needs Medication

The office cannot provide medications of any kind (examples: cough syrup, aspirin, acetaminophen). Parents may send a pain reliever or prescriptions to the office with complete instructions on how much and when to administer.

If Your Child Needs to Be Excused from Physical Education

Students are to bring a note that is signed by one of their parents stating the reasons for their inability to participate. During the class period itself, they will remain with the class to observe its activities unless other arrangements or assignments are set up by the gym teacher. Excuses for extended P.E. inactivity must be issued by a doctor.

If You Wish Homework Assignments Sent Home

Parents or students are asked to e-mail or phone the request in the morning to either the elementary teacher or to the office in the case of secondary students. This allows time to notify the appropriate teachers and to prepare the list of assignments.  Secondary students should consult their teachers’ websites for assignments.