Attendance Expectations

We expected all students to attend and be on time to school every day..

Parents should call the school office (719-1250) by 8:30 a.m. to report if their child will be absent from school.

We consider the illness of the students, a death in the family, family problems of an emergency nature, religious purposes, or medial appointments an excused absence.

A student reporting from an excused absence must bring a note from his/her parent/guardian or doctor verifying the reason for the absence. The student must give the note to the receptionist in the main office before the start of the school day.

The school will attempt to telephone the homes of students who are absent each day.  Please call the school office if there are any changes in residence or phone numbers.

The registrar's office will drop the enrollment of students who have missed 10 or more consecutive days of school with unexcused absences on the 10th day. Students returning to school after 10 days of consecutive absences must re-register with the registrar before attending any classes.

Students who miss a class without authorized permission are marked as an unexcused absence. Missing four class periods in one day is considered a full day absent.

3, 6, 9 Attendance Notification Sequence

Note: The notification process pertains to the number of absences in a single course.

  • After the third (3) unexcused absence – The Advisory teacher will hand deliver a letter to the student and inform the student’s parent/guardian. Then, he/she will notify the guidance counselor (via email) to begin the intervention process through Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Committee.
  • After the sixth (6) unexcused absence - The Advisory teacher will submit an email to the administration team, the school resource officer, and the guidance counselor. Administration is responsible for setting and holding an attendance conference with parents/guardians.
  • After the ninth (9) unexcused absence - The Advisory teacher will submit an email to their administrator, the school resource officer, and the guidance counselor. Administration is responsible for setting and holding an attendance conference with the principal and parents/guardians.
  • After the tenth unexcused absence - The student may not receive credit due to excessive unexcused absences. Administration, the school resource officer, and the student's guidance counselor will convene a conference after a formal appeal has been processed. We will seek and gather teacher input (within three days of receiving the notification of an appeal) prior to the conference, and will factor our findings into the decision.

High School Appeal Process for Loss of Credit Due to Excessive Unexcused Absences
Parents, guardians, and/or students may file a written appeal for review by the Appeals Committee.

The Appeals Committee will consist of the principal, the assistant principal of operations and student services, the guidance counselor, and a teacher. 

The principal must receive the written appeal, including all supporting documentation, within five days of the end of the semester. The final decision will rest with the committee.

Please note that tardies and/or ditching incidents will have an impact on unexcused absences. Unexcused absences will be recorded after a given number of tardies and ditching incidents. See protocols listed below.

Tardy Protocol (Less than 10 minutes late)

The classroom teacher will handle the first through third tardies in the following manner:

First Tardy:

  • Verbal warning
  • Notify parent/guardian
  • Implement at least one intervention

Second Tardy:

  • Verbal warning
  • Notify parent/guardian
  • Implement at least one new intervention

Third Tardy:

  • Notify parent/guardian – written notice
  • First unexcused absence recorded
    • Every three tardies = one unexcused absence
  • Implement at least one new intervention
  • Refer to behavior specialist for TBRI intervention and/or MTSS Committee

The administration will address the fourth and each subsequent tardy in the following manner:

Fourth Tardy:

  • Notify parent/guardian
  • Lunch detention (one to two days) and/or community service (during or after school for one day)
  • Refer to behavior specialist for TBRI intervention and/or MTSS Committee

Fifth Tardy:

  • Notify parent/guardian
  • In-school suspension (one day) and/or community service (during or after school) (one to two days)
  • Refer to behavior specialist for TBRI intervention and/or MTSS Committee

Sixth Tardy and Each Tardy Thereafter:

  • Notify parent/guardian – written notice
  • Attendance conference with parents/guardian and student and attendance plan with listed consequences.
  • In-school suspension and/or community service (during or after school)
  • Second and each additional unexcused absence recorded
    • Every three tardies = one unexcused absence
  • Refer to behavior specialist for TBRI intervention and/or MTSS Committee

Ditching Protocol (more than 10 minutes late)

The classroom teacher will handle the first through third ditching incidents in the following manner:

First Ditching Incident:

  • Verbal warning
  • Notify parent/guardian
  • Implementation of at least one intervention

Second Ditching Incident:

  • Verbal warning
  • Notify parent/guardian
  • Implementation of at least one new intervention

Third Ditching Incident:

  • Notify parent/guardian – written notice
  • First unexcused absence recorded
  • Implementation of at least one new intervention
  • Refer to behavior specialist for TBRI intervention and/or MTSS Committee

The administration will address the fourth and each subsequent ditching incident in the following manner:

Fourth Ditching Incident:

  • Notify parent/guardian – written notice
  • Second unexcused absence recorded
  • Lunch detention (one to two days) and/or community service (during or after school for one day)
  • Refer to behavior specialist for TBRI intervention and/or MTSS Committee

Fifth Ditching Incident:

  • Notify parent/guardian – written notice
  • Third unexcused absence recorded
  • Attendance conference with parents/guardian and student and place on a behavior plan.
  • Home visit by parent liaison and school resource officer (SRO)
    • A truancy citation may be issued by SRO
  • In-school suspension (one day) and/or community service (during or after school for one to two days)
  • Refer to behavior specialist for TBRI intervention and/or MTSS Committee