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Attendance Guidelines

Attendance Guidelines

Regular attendance is important! If students are in class, they can learn and make progress toward graduation.

School begins at 8:15 a.m.

All students are required to be in their assigned classroom before the bell rings. All students who arrive after first period begins will be considered tardy to school.

When tardy to school, students must report to the front lobby desk, just inside the main entrance door.

Tardy students must sign in and receive a pass for an excused or unexcused tardy to their first period class. If a student has a valid excuse (i.e. doctors appointment, etc.) the tardy is excused.

Students who are in the building prior to first period but who are late to class will be marked tardy to class.

Tardy to School - Consequences:

If a student is tardy to school 3 times in one quarter:  The student is assigned extended detention after school, 3-4 p.m. in B 117 (M-W,Th) or Tu 2:30-3:30 p.m..

If a student is tardy to school 4 times in one quarter:  The student is assigned a Saturday School – 8 am – noon detention in the school cafeteria.

If a student is tardy to school 5 times in one quarter:  The student is assigned one day In School Suspension in the Alternative Learning Center. Students should bring work from their classes to complete in the ALC.

If a student is tardy 6 times: The student may be suspended.

Excused Absence or Tardy

Students who need to leave school during the school day must bring a note from a parent/guardian explaining the reason for the absence to front lobby desk prior to the start of school. The student will be issued a pass which allows them to leave class at the stated time. When the student leaves the school, they must sign out at the front lobby desk.

If a parent/guardian needs to have the child taken out of school during the day and the student did not have a note at the beginning of the day, the parent can call the student’s grade level office to have their child dismissed. A pass will sent to the student or the classroom will be contacted and the student will sign out at the front lobby desk before leaving the school.

When the student returns to school, they need to bring a signed note from the parent or a note from medical office, note from court or funeral documentation (obituary, funeral card etc) explaining the reason for the absence. Otherwise, the absence will be marked unexcused.

A phone call from the parent/guardian will allow the student to leave school but only a written note will excuse the absence.

Tardy To Class

All students should be in their classroom and ready to learn at the beginning of each period. Students in the halls during class time must have a signed hall pass or other written documentation from a staff member.

If a student is tardy to class 1-3 times, the individual teachers will address the situation. The consequences may include a call home and/or the teacher may assign the student to an after school detention with the teacher.

After the fourth tardy to a class, students will be referred to their grade level principal for discipline.

Extra-Curricular Activities Attendance Policy - Consequences

Students who do not follow the school’s attendance and achievement guidelines will have limited access to school activities.

During each grading period, students who:


  • have been chronically tardy to school or class - 10 or more times,
  • regularly misbehave - assigned two or more Alternative Learning Center (ALC) and/or office referrals,
  • and/or received two or more failing grades,


may not be permitted to purchase tickets to attend extra-curricular activities. This includes tickets to athletic events, dances, plays and other activities. (Policy 5610.05)



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