Please refer to the Attendance section of the Student Handbook for more information.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS – STUDENT ATTENDANCE
Please help your child make the most of this school year. Research shows that children who are in school most of the time perform better on state tests. Studies also show that kids who are absent more often score lower on state tests. Students can copy notes or make up assignments, but they can never get back what is most important—the teachers’ explanations, the discussions, the questions, and the thinking that brings learning to life.
STUDENT ABSENCES: If your child will miss school, parents/guardians must notify the middle school office staff of their child’s absence. Please call the middle school office (764-5431) by 8:30 a.m. to report your child’s absence. Please do not e-mail your attendance to teachers or office staff. If you are requesting homework, please indicate that at the time of your call. Homework is available for pick-up at the main office before 3:30 p.m.
For a pre-arranged absence, please send a note in with your student to take to the office. Your child will receive a pre-arranged absence slip to take to their teachers to get their homework for the time missed.
NOTES FROM PARENTS/GUARDIANS: Students bringing notes from a parent/guardian (e.g., attendance, appointments, pre-arranged absences, vacations, etc.) should go directly to the office. All students must sign in/out at the attendance binder in the main office. Parents/guardians do not need to come into the building as long as the student has provided the office with a signed note stating the time and reason for the early departure/late arrival.
You can support and promote positive attendance by:
• Talking with your child about the importance of attending school regularly
• Avoid scheduling family trips or appointments during school hours whenever possible
• Making sure your child stays healthy by eating nutritious food and getting enough sleep and exercise
• Not accepting excuses for why your child “must” miss or be late for school
Your child’s success in school depends on a solid, consistent education—one that can only be acquired through regular school attendance. Thank you for your efforts to support your child and a productive learning environment!