Reporting and Monitoring Student Absences

It is the obligation of the parent, guardian, or custodian to report the child’s absence or tardy each day.

The parent should phone the school within two (2) hours from the start of school on the day of the absence.

A school logged parent/guardian phone call received by the attendance office, on each day of the student’s absence, for any of the excused absences below, is sufficient to excuse the child’s absence. Written documentation from the parent/guardian/non-doctor note may be in the form of an e-mail or fax to the proper school authority or directly from a physician’s office, if permitted by the physician’s office.

After the student’s ninth (9th) parent phone call, upon the student’s return to school, the parent/guardian shall provide written documentation from a treating physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant stating the day(s) absent and reason for such absence. If within two (2) school days after returning to school following an absence, medical documentation has not been received, the absence will be “unexcused.”

The parent (not the school) maintains responsibility to make certain the absence note was submitted to the proper school attendance authority in a timely fashion.

If the parent/guardian fails to contact the school and school personnel have to initiate contact with the parent/guardian via phone call and they DO NOT make direct contact with a parent/guardian the absence will be considered unexcused until a parent/guardian makes direct contact with the attendance office to verify the student’s absence.

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