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Policy

Every student is expected to be on time and present each day school is open during the school year. Regular attendance is essential if a student is to make use of the educational opportunities the school offers. Parents are solely responsible for their children’s regular school attendance.  

If a student is absent from school, it is the student’s responsibility to make up work missed during this time period. If a student misses more than one day, the parent may contact the school to collect information about assignments missed. Teachers must be given a full day to prepare missing assignment packets. Same day requests may not be honored. For making up work, students will have the same number of days they missed plus one day for completion.  

Reporting Absences

When a child is going to be absent, you must promptly report the absence to the school.

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Your message must include the child’s full name, the date of the absence and the reason for the absence.  If you are unable to notify the school by phone, a written excuse including the same information with a parent signature will be accepted upon the child’s return to school.   

Excused & Unexcused Absences

Only the school principal or the dean of students is authorized to excuse an absence. 

EXCUSED ABSENCES:

1. Religious instruction, religious holidays or holy days  

2. Sickness, injury, death in the family or long-term illness verified by a physician’s note 

3. Off-campus student meetings that are scheduled by school personnel 

4. Court dates 

5. Planned vacations approved by the school principal or his designee 

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES:   

1. Any absences that are not pre-arranged and approved by the principal or his designee and are not defined as     excused in this policy 

2. Reported absences (by phone, email or written note) that do not include a reason for the absence 

Truancy

Students are expected to arrive on time each day and remain for the full school day.

6th & 7th Grade: Arriving to school after 7:40 am is considered tardy.  Early dismissals from school (leaving before 2:20 pm) are also classified as tardies.  

Attendance

Students shall be counted in attendance if they are actually present at school at the time the attendance is taken or are away from school on a school day and engaged in an educational activity that constitutes a part of the school-approved instructional program for the student (Section 1003.23, Florida Statutes).

Attendance Standard

All students are expected to be on time and present each day school is open during the school year.

Students may not be absent from school without permission of the principal/designee.

  • The school principal or designee is the only person authorized to excuse a student's absence.
  • A note from a parent/guardian is a request that a student's absence be excused.
  • When a student accumulates an excessive number of absences (5 days in a calendar month or 10 days within 90 calendar days) and additional absences occur which are caused by illness, a written statement from a physician verifying that the absence was caused by an illness may be required by the principal to be submitted by the parent/guardian (School Board Policy 4.16).

Habitual tardiness is defined as six (6) or more tardies to school or to an individual class per quarter.

For enforcement of compulsory school attendance, three unexcused tardies or unexcused early sign-outs may, at the discretion of the school principal, be considered equal to one day of absence.