Regular attendance is essential to a student's success in school. Students should not be absent from school unless absolutely necessary, as classroom activity cannot be made up. Lectures, discussions, and participation are lost to those who are absent.
To Excuse an Absence
Report the absence by telephone to the office as soon as possible each morning that a student is absent. For your convenience, we do have voice mail to record absences: (602) 449-4201 it is to be used 24/7 in lieu of calling the office.
Dismissal During the School Day
A parent must come in and sign the student out. A student will not be released to anyone unless parental permission and verification is obtained. Picture identification is required.
A parent must sign the student in to be an excused tardy, otherwise, it will be considered an unexcused tardy.
If returning from a medical/dental appointment, submit the verification of appointment upon return. Then, the absence will be changed to medically excused.
Habitual morning tardiness will result in referral to the Assistant Principal.
Students who are late to school must report to the attendance office. Students who are late to class without an excuse will be considered tardy.
After four events of tardiness, students will be assigned a progression of consequences including lunch detentions and in school suspension. Below is the consequences chart.
Verbal/Written Warning. Communication with parents at No. 3.
One day of lunch detention for each tardy.
Two days of lunch detention for each tardy and attendance contract on 8th tardy.
Three days of lunch detention for each tardy.
One day of in-school suspension for each tardy.
A student absent without the consent of his/her parents is truant and will be given an unexcused absence. An absence can be noted as a medical excuse by bringing in a dated slip from the doctor's office stating that the student was seen.
A student is truant for any of the following reasons:
- Leaves school without signing out in the front office
- Leaves school at lunch
- Is absent from school without prior permission from the parents
- Is absent from class without permission
- Obtains a pass to go to a certain place and doesn't report there
- Comes to school but does not attend classes
Excessive truancy may result in school level consequences, up to suspension.