Attendance Policies

It is important that every student attend school on time each day of the school year in an effort to minimize disruption in the student’s education. Students and parents are expected to familiarize themselves with the procedures below and to comply with them when it is necessary for a student to be absent or tardy. A reasonable effort will be made to contact a parent/guardian of each absent student every day, to obtain an explanation for the student’s absence, and a log will be kept of all call attempts. This contact does not replace the need for the parent/guardian to send a signed written excuse note for each student absence, as described below.

Absentee Procedures

Students who are absent from school must bring a valid excuse note stating the reason for the absence upon returning to school.  The excuse note must be signed by a parent, guardian, or doctor and is to be brought to Mrs. Fowler's office upon the student's return from his/her absence. Students who do not bring a written and signed note within three days of returning to school will be marked unexcused.

The attendance record of students with more than five excused absences, without accompanying medical notes from a doctor, will be reviewed by the principal and addressed as required by the Code of Virginia.


Students Who Arrive Late to School

To ensure a successful start to each school day, students must arrive at school on time. When students demonstrate a pattern of unexcused tardies, school staff may contact the parent to discuss the unexcused tardiness and to develop a plan to remedy the problem.


Early Dismissal Requests and Procedures

Students who need to leave school early must bring a written note signed by a parent or guardian. The student shall present the note to his or her teacher upon arrival at school. Phone calls for early dismissals (i.e. from the parent/guardian) should only be made in the case of an emergency. 

 
Student Release

Students will be released early from school only at the request of a parent or guardian. Students will be released only to a parent/guardian or a parent’s designee noted on the student’s emergency card. Photo identification from the person picking up the student from the Alternative Education Center is required. 

Students are expected to follow the daily release procedures established at the time of Alternative Education Center orientation. Students may not telephone parents/guardians or family members to secure transportation home from school. If the parent/guardian finds they are in need of alternative transportation for their child, the school office must be notified of the change in transportation prior to 2:00 p.m. It is the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian to secure that transportation for the student and notify the AEC office in a timely manner. The school secretary may ask to see photo identification from any person picking up the student from the Alternative Education Center. 

In the case of an emergency, a student will be released to his or her parent or guardian.  If the parent or guardian cannot pick up the student, the student may be released to a person the parent or guardian has designated in writing or by phone. Photo identification from the person picking up the student from the Alternative Education Center is required.



Compulsory School Attendance as defined by the Code of Virginia, Section 22.1-254

"Every parent/guardian or other person in the Commonwealth having control or charge of any child who will have reached the fifth birthday on or before September 30 of any school year and who has not passed the eighteenth birthday shall, during the period of each year the public schools are in session and for the same number of days and hours per day as the public schools, send such child to a public school or to a private, nondenominational, or parochial school or have such child taught by a tutor of qualifications prescribed by the board of education and approved by the division superintendent or provide for home instruction of such child."

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