The day of an absence, the parent/guardian may call the attendance office with the reason why the student is to be excused. We will attempt to call the parent, if we do not receive a call. It is important that we have current and workable local phone numbers in order to reach parents.
A student returning after an absence MUST GO to the attendance office with a proper excuse from a parent with a reachable phone number. The attendance secretary, Ms. Lewis is located in bottom B225. The students will be issued an "excused" pass to show their teachers.
State approved absences are as follows:
College visits for seniors must be approved by Ms. Watts before the visit. If a student must be absent for an extended period of time, both the attendance office and the counselor's office should be notified.
The student and parent will be given three days to get an unexcused absence cleared through the attendance office. A consistent and continued pattern of unexcused absences will result in a student referral to the administrative intervention process. Penalty will range from administrative detention to permanent expulsion. Academic work missed due to unexcused absences cannot be made up when the student returns to school.
Vacations and other out-of-town trips are strongly discouraged during school days, as these will be considered unexcused absences.