1. In order for a student to earn a class grade, the student must not only satisfy academic and related requirements, but must also exhibit good attendance habits. The student cannot accumulate more than eight (8) absences per semester or sixteen (16) absences per year. A student exceeding eight (8) absences during a semester will be placed on probation. Grades will be withheld at the end of the first semester pending completion of the year. If total absences, for the year, do not exceed 16 days, a grade will be given. Should absenteeism for the year exceed sixteen (16) days (and not fall under the exceptions listed below) the student will not receive a grade for that year and may be retained.
2. Parents or guardians of students will be notified by a letter from the Principal’s Office when the student approaches eight (8) absences during any semester.
3. The following exceptions can be considered if the parent notifies the office and a meeting is held to consider the reason. These reasons would not be counted as accumulated absences resulting in retention or withholding of a grade.
a. Hospitalization-unusual or extended illness-verified with a doctor’s statement. Verification of such an absence should be made through the principal’s office upon return to school from the absence. If verification is not done, absences will be counted as mentioned in item #1.
b. Doctor or dental appointments-verified with proper appointment card or note from doctor. Upon return to school from an absence, if verification is not done the absence will be counted as mentioned in item #1.
c. Death in immediate family.
d. Extenuating circumstances - a student requiring additional absences may have his/ her parents appeal to the principal for an extension due to extenuating circumstances.
These circumstances include, but are not limited to:
1) Serious family emergencies
2) Student contracting a communicable disease
3) Inclement weather preventing bus transportation when school is not dismissed.
In setting up our policy concerning absences, the following items were considered:
1. There is no way missed work can be made up. Much learning takes place through listening, discussion, demonstrations, and involvement, particularly in elementary grades.
2. It takes a significant amount of teacher time to explain or outline missed work and/or to administer make-up tests, which may take class time from other students.
3. It is the student’s or parent’s responsibility to communicate with the teacher about make-up work. A NOTE EXPLAINING THE ABSENCE MUST BE SENT WITH THE CHILD ON THE DAY HE/SHE RETURNS TO SCHOOL.
**Bus Suspension Does Not constitute an excused absence from school.**
1. For absences of less than a week, the teacher will assist the child on his/her return with assignments. Some work will need to be completed at home, with parental assistance.
2. For absences of a week or longer, parents are encouraged to call the school office to request assignments to pick up the next day.
3. There is no way that all work can be made-up or all instruction re-taught. Children are encouraged to be in school every day they are not ill.
4. Make-up work completed and turned in will be evaluated and the child given credit for work done. Make-up work assigned, but not turned in within a designated time, will not be credited and will result in a lower grade.
In setting up our policy concerning tardiness, we considered the following items:
1. When children are late coming to class, it causes a disruption of the class.
2. It takes additional teacher time to explain the lesson in progress so the late student can complete the assignment.
3. It is the parent’s and student’s responsibility for the student to be here at the proper time.
4. It is not necessary to determine whose fault it is for being late. The fact that a student is late and has missed classroom time is sufficient to justify making up the lost time.
CONSEQUENCES FOR TARDINESS
An excused tardy is one prearranged with the teacher or office (like a doctor’s appointment) or is unavoidable and accompanied by a note from the parent explaining the reason. An unexcused tardy is one which is avoidable and/or for which there is no note from the parent explaining the tardy. Excessive tardiness may result in the school contacting the Division of Family Services.