ATTENDANCE PROCEDURE & REGULATIONS
Regular and punctual attendance is the first step to school success. Frequent absence is one of the main causes of discouragement and failure in school. We urge that no student be absent unless it is absolutely necessary. Each day something new is presented. Not only is regular school attendance required by law, it is a very important ingredient that goes into success at school. It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the
school of their child’s absence.
Report absences due to illness by telephoning the D.C. Sr. High School Attendance Office. The procedure is as follows:
To speak to the attendance secretary, please call and ask for extension 4247. Parents who cannot call the school must send an explanatory note to the office upon the student’s return to school. This note must be presented to the attendance secretary before 7:35 a.m.
Occasionally school absences become excessive. When the school determines that a student’s absences have significantly exceeded the normal absence rate, a doctor’s statement will become mandatory in order for an absence to be marked as excused.
WORK FOLLOWING STUDENT ABSENCE
An excused absence allows for make-up privileges. After such an absence, a student is expected to see his/her teacher at once to explain the reason for the absence, and to take the necessary steps to make up the work. In the case of planned absences we encourage you to cooperatively work with your teacher to make up the work prior to the absence.
Whenever possible, doctor and dentist appointments should be scheduled for sometime other than school hours. If this is not possible, try to have such appointments scheduled during study periods.
In cases where it is absolutely necessary to leave school early, the student must report to the office for a "Permit to Leave School Early" slip. Early dismissals will be granted only if a student:
||Has written permission from a parent.
||Has valid reason for leaving which is acceptable to the school, and
||Has requested a "Permit to Leave School Early" previous to 7:35 a.m. of that day.
No student is to leave the school building early until she/he has a "Permit to Leave School Early" slip which the student must obtain from the main office or the health aide. A student who becomes ill at school will be given a "Permit to Leave School Early" form from the health aide.