Attendance Guidelines

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Attendance Guidelines

Attendance Guidelines

Both students and parents have attendance responsibilities. Students are required by state law to
attend school each day that school is in session. Students are expected to attend each scheduled
period. Parents/guardians must notify the school when their student is absent.
Students must not miss more than an accumulation of eight (8) attendance violations per
class per semester. This includes any combination of extreme tardies (ET), parental absences (P),
and unexcused (U) absences. Exceeding eight (8) attendance violations may affect your eligibility to
participate in any extracurricular activity. An F will be included in both regular and eligibility GPAs.

Extracurricular Participation 
If you are absent from school for more than half of your credit-
bearing class periods on the day of an activity, you are ineligible for any activity on that day unless
the absence has been approved in writing by the Assistant Superintendent/Principal. Exceptions
may be made by your coach or activity adviser: 1) for a medical absence pre-arranged with the
coach or adviser, or 2) for a death in your family. If you are absent from school on a Friday before a
Saturday event, you may be withheld from Saturday activities at the sole discretion of the coach or
activity adviser.

Excused Absences
With proper documentation and valid absence reporting by a parent/guardian, a student’s absence
will not count toward the 8-attendance violation maximum for the following reasons:

o Personal illness or other physical disablement (should include what the doctor expects the
school to do; example: medical excuse from physical education)

o Death in the immediate family

o Family emergencies

o Observance of religious holidays

o Court appearances

o College visits

o Certain planned absences for extenuating circumstances that must be approved by the AP
for Student Services

o Unavoidable medical-related appointments (medical appointments should be scheduled
outside the school day when possible)

o Visitation with student’s parent/guardian who is on leave from active duty in the military

o Voting in a primary, general, or special election

All “parental” absences must be verified with proper documentation by a parent/guardian within 30
days of the student’s absence. All documentation should be submitted to the Attendance Office
STEM: x5826 FAC:x3135 or 3170). Absences not verified with proper documentation are classified
as “Unexcused.” If proper documentation is not provided within 30 days, the absences will remain
listed as “Unexcused” (U) in our records.

Unexcused Absences
The following reasons will be considered unexcused:

o Any full-day absence not reported by a parent/guardian on the Student Attendance Line by
10:00pm the day following the absence

o Any family trip not filed in advance

o Any false call (made by someone other than your parent or other authorized adult)

o Excuses such as “car trouble,” “missed bus,” “personal,” “overslept,” “forgot ID”

o Missing class to “study for an exam,” “take the driver’s test,” “go to the library,” “complete an
assignment,” “attend an in-school activity”
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