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ATTENDANCE

 

The maturation process for our students includes helping them budget time and obligations or activities which may interrupt their school attendance. This policy is designed to allow parents and students to set their priorities for time away from school while staying within reasonable and necessary standards of presence in class. Bottom line: we want parents and students to work together to establish when an absence is necessary and when it can be avoided.

Absence from school usually exacts a price in reduced learning. Excessive absenteeism can make it very difficult for a student to stay current in the accelerated pacing of our academic program at SCS and can seriously jeopardize his/her academic success. Please note the following guidelines:

Regular Absences (RA):

  1. Students may be absent up to ten (10) times per semester without penalty. These 10 absences are excused. Attendance will be taken each period, so these ten (10) absences apply to a full day or to individual periods (attendance in a class is considered half the period or longer).

  1. Regular absences also include days or classes missed due to the following reasons:

    • Medical/health reasons

    • Bereavement

  1. Any documentation relating to medical or bereavement absences should be turned into the office.

  1. Students are responsible for missed work for any absence.

  1. Students have one day for each day absent to turn in missed work.

(After this time the assignment will receive a grade of zero)

  1. If a student has a planned absence, the student should get the work ahead of time from the teacher.

  1. School Absences (SA) do not count toward the ten (10) allowable absences in a semester.

  1. In-School Suspensions (ISS) or Out-Of-School Suspensions (OSS) does count toward the ten (10) allowable absences in a semester.

  1. RA may not be used during the week of exams. Exceptions to this rule must be approved by the Board of Directors at a regularly scheduled meeting. For details on how regular absences will affect spring exam exemption, see the Academics section.

  1. Course credit may not be earned after 10 absences unless extenuating circumstances can be proven and approved by the Education subcommittee of the Board.

School Absences (SA):

 

  1. Required school activities

  1. College Visits: Students are encouraged to visit colleges as a means of preparing for the next level of their education. Juniors and seniors are provided up to three days excused absences (SA) per semester for a bona fide college visit.

  1. State Athletic Tournaments: From time to time when our teams are representing the school in state tournaments, the school will announce that non-athletes may attend the event and the absence will be excused (SA) only if the office receives written permission from a parent 24 hours prior to the event. All students must sign in at the start of the game and check out at the end of the game with the designated administrator. Otherwise, the absence will be considered a Regular Absence (RA) and count as one of the ten Regular Absences allowed each semester. Regarding athletes with a current average below 60%, it is the responsibility of the student and the head coach to work with the teacher to make up missed work due to an athletic function.

  1. Seniors: SCS does not recognize official “senior skip days” from academics, athletics or artistic events which are a part of a student’s grade.

 

Out of School Suspension (OSS) and In School Suspension (ISS):

 

Students who have been suspended will be recorded as OSS or ISS. These absences will count toward their 10 regular absences. Additionally, a 1-point reduction for the appropriate grading period will be applied.

 

Tardiness (T or UT):

 

Students should arrive by 7:55. Students are considered tardy if they arrive in class after 8:00 a.m. or after the tardy bell for each period in grades 7-12.

Accumulated unexcused tardies each semester (homeroom or individual periods) will result in:

1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense – RenWeb Notice

4th Offense

5th Offense – RenWeb Notice

6th Offense – RenWeb Notice, Lunch Duty and counts as one Regular Absence*

Impact of Tardies on Regular Absences (RA):

 

The 6th tardy will result in a Lunch Duty and in a student losing one of the ten Regular Absences for the semester. Students will be informed of their assigned Lunch Duty an administrator.

 

RenWeb Attendance Code Definitions:

 

AT = Absence due to six tardies

CI = Check In

CO = Check Out

MH = Medical Half day (Elementary only)

RA = Regular Absence

RH = Regular Half day (Elementary only)

SA = School Absence (Athletic participation, college visit, approved school activity)

TE = Tardy excused

TU = Tardy unexcused

ISS = In-school Suspension

OSS = Out-of-school Suspension

 

Check Outs (CO):

Students are only allowed to check-out with permission from a parent, either by note, phone, or in person. In no case is a student to leave the campus during the school day without permission and signing out in the office. A student leaving without permission will be disciplined, and the parents will be notified. Juvenile authorities may be notified in cases of truancy.

If it is necessary for a student to leave school during the day (except in the case of sudden illness), arrangements should be made before leaving home and the following things done:

Grades K5-6th

  1. Bring a note signed by the parent stating the date, time of checkout, reason, and who will be picking up the student. This note should be given to the student’s teacher at the beginning of the day.

  2. The parent or assigned person must come to the front office to sign the student out. Students will be dismissed into the care of only those persons designated in the note.

  3. The office will use the intercom to call into the classroom directing the teacher to release the student and send them to the front office.

Grades 7th -12th

  1. Bring a note signed by the parent stating the date, time of checkout, reason, and who will be picking up the student. This note should be brought to the front office at the beginning of the day.

  2. For students who do not drive, the parent or assigned person must come to the front office to sign the student out.

  3. For students who drive, they may sign themselves out with an approved note, or office personnel may call the parent/guardian to obtain permission for the student to check out.

  4. The office will use the intercom to call into the classroom directing the teacher to release students and send them to the front office.

Check Ins (CI):

As a safety measure, only the front entrance to the school will be available for students/visitors to enter and leave between 9:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. The back entrance will NOT be available. Students and parents who enter the building during these times must use the front door.

Grades K5-6th

Parents should come to the front office to sign in the student before the student reports to the classroom. The front office will collect a note from the student’s parent and determine whether the tardy is excused or unexcused.

Grades 7th-12th

Students who arrive after 8:00 a.m. should proceed directly to the front office to sign in and receive a tardy slip to take to their teacher. The front office will mark on the slip whether the tardy is excused or unexcused.

 

 

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