Only valid excuses are recognized as suitable reasons for a student's absence.
In this district a valid excuse is one for personal illness, legal
matters, or a religious observance or death of a member of the immediate
family. Verification to certify the legitimacy of the absence should be
brought to the Attendance Office within 2 weeks of the student's return
to school. This verification may be in the form of a doctor's note, a
court document, a letter from the religious group or some documentation
concerning the death of a member of the immediate family.
Students may be excused for a medical or dental appointment with a
written request from the student's parent or guardian in advance of the
appointment except in emergencies. All appointments are subject to
verification by the school authorities at the discretion of the
Principal. Dental excuses will be accepted for the part of the day
during which the visit was made. There will be no full-day dental
excuses unless documented by a note from the dentist.
Situations involving extenuating circumstances
-judged not to be
valid excuses by the Principal will be referred to the Central Office
administration (the Superintendent or his designee) for a determination.
School sponsored programs
- such as field trips, athletic contests and other programs may be excused at the discretion of the Principal.
College visits by seniors will conform to the following procedure:
- Note of parental approval to visit college. Student may obtain this
letter through the Attendance Office or the Guidance Department. The
letter must be filled out and signed by both a parent/guardian and by
the student's Guidance Counselor.
- College Visit Letter must be received in the Attendance Office one (1) day prior to the visit.
verification from the college on school letterhead stationary, signed
and dated by an administrator/registrar/advisor or a signed and dated
registration card to the Attendance Office on the first day of the
student's return to school.
- with proper documentation.
The cited excused absences (field trips, etc.)
-do not excuse
students from submission of projects or assignments due on the day of a
planned absence. Such requirements must be submitted prior to the
absence day or submitted to the teacher or placed in his/her mailbox on
the day of the absence. Requirements not submitted will be graded as
failure. *If a student misses a test/quiz as a result of an excused
absence, he/she must take the test/quiz on the first day back in class.
There is no grace period given because of participation in a field trip
or other excuses absence. Exceptions can only be made by the department