ATTENDANCE REGULATIONS

  • Good attendance is expected and is essential to academic success. The primary
    purpose of our attendance policy is to provide the structure for a student to be
    successful academically. Students need to be in class because absences have a negative
    impact on the student learning the content of the course and impair the
    teacher in observing the student’s performance. We also encourage good
    attendance by students because we believe it is an important indicator of
    dependability and responsibility. Most importantly, however, students are more
    likely to have greater academic success if they have a good attendance record.
    We believe that a successful attendance policy relies on students, teachers,
    administrators, and parents assuming their responsibilities for following the
    regulations. Parents have a legal responsibility to be sure their students are in
    school. If parents are having difficulty with their students attending school, counselors
    and school social workers are available to assist them. High School-aged
    students have the responsibility to be on time and attend each of their six classes
    throughout the day. Administrators and teachers have a responsibility to inform
    parents of their student’s absences and to provide the disciplinary structures, as
    well as the counseling and academic resources to help a student attend regularly.
    The regulations are also not to be interpreted as encouraging students who are ill
    to attend school. The regulations are to be enforced as reasonably and
    consistently as possible, and judgments made on the validity of an individual's
    absences are open to review by the assigned assistant principal at the request of
    the student or parent.

    A part of the rationale for implementing these regulations is to encourage
    students to assume responsibility for their own actions. There is no punitive
    intent, but rather the goal of encouraging students to adopt behavioral patterns
    which can lead to success in school and in life.
    Each student is assigned to one of four assistant principals to monitor and follow
    up on attendance and discipline issues.

    TARDINESS

    • A student is tardy if he/she is not in the classroom when the bell rings at the
      beginning of a class period.
    • A record will be made of a student's tardies.
    • Three tardies will be considered equivalent to one absence. If tardies are not
      excused and are chronic, they will count toward unexcused absences and lead
      to the student’s not receiving credit in the class. A tardy of more than five
      minutes will be considered an unexcused absence and will be treated as a cut
      unless the student arrives with a pass. Multiple tardies in one day will result
      in immediate consequences.
    • At times, students who are late may not be admitted to class and sent to a
      designated area for the student to explain the reason for being tardy and to be
      re-taught about the importance of being on time to class.