Attendance Policy

Absences and Homework

A student must be out at least three days for a homework request to be made through the guidance department. Please allow 48 hours for the request to be completed. Students are responsible for arranging a peer or parent to pick up the work from the guidance office.

Excused Absences

Students must bring in a note after each day they are absent to their homeroom teacher. The note must include the date absent, the reason for the absence, a phone number for the parent or guardian, and the parent or guardian’s signature. Students may make up work they missed during excused absences. Excused absences may include:

  • an illness or injury that prevents the student from attending school. The illness or injury must be verified by a health care provider, school nurse, or parent.
  • a death in the immediate family (parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin) or other significant personal or family crisis
  • court appearances
  • medical or psychological tests during the school day. The parent must show evidence (such as a note from the health center) that the tests could not be scheduled after school.
  • religious holidays
  • visits to special education schools in some cases for students with disabilities

Unexcused Absences

Here are a few examples of absences that need to be recorded as unexcused—even if a parent sends a note:

  • repetitive and chronic absence due to illness or injury. In these cases, for the absence to be excused, the parent must submit a letter from a health care provider verifying that the student was too sick or injured to go to school.
  • student needed to baby-sit
  • cutting class
  • family vacation
  • trip to the homeland
  • extension of a religious or cultural holiday beyond the designated day or days on the school calendar.