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Attendance Policy

Attendance Guidelines

Regular school attendance is vital for a child to be successful.  A child who is not present at school cannot learn.  For this reason, it is important that all parents make a commitment to ensure their child is at school and on time.  Please make every effort to adjust family schedules and medical appointments to minimize time away from school.

  1. All student absences must be reported. Please notify the attendance office (602-246-9136 ext. 5803) before 8:30 a.m. each day your child is absent. You have 48 hours to notify the school, as this is a legal requirement.
  2. If contact is not made by telephone, a written excuse signed by a parent or guardian must be sent to school within 48 hours (two school days).
  3. Students will be withdrawn from school upon reaching their tenth (10th) consecutive day of unexcused absences.
  4. If the student's absences are negatively affecting his/her academic progress, the student will be referred to the Solutions Network for assistance to improve attendance.
  5. Students are considered tardy if they are not in their assigned classroom when the 8:30 tardy bell rings. Students arriving to school after 8:30 must first report to the attendance office (Room 1) for a pass.
  6. Any student absent during the school day may not participate in any extracurricular event before or after school on the day of the absence.
  7. All absences over 18 days are required to have a doctor’s note to be considered excused.
  8. Unexcused Absences over 5 days will result in a warning letter from the principal. Letters will continue to be sent to the parent in order to verify that there is an attendance problem and consequences may result. Students and their parents/guardians will be assigned to the CUTS program through the Juvenile Justice Courts system.