Attendance and Absence
Regular attendance is critical for a child’s self-esteem and academic success. If your child is absent, please provide the teacher with a note of explanation. All absences are recorded and shared through periodic notifications to parents. Absences can be recorded as “excused” if a doctor’s note is submitted as well as a note for religious observances or death in the family; however the absence will still remain on your child’s attendance record.
If your child has been out of school with a contagious disease (such as chicken pox, strep throat, scarlet fever, etc.) you must bring a doctor’s note. Please watch for excessive scratching, which is a sign of head lice. If your child has had head lice and is returning back to school, he or she must report to the nurse before returning to class.
Punctuality is imperative. Students are considered late at 8:25 a.m. Students who arrive at 8:25 a.m. will receive a late pass from a staff member at the 19th street double door entrance. Students who arrive after 8:45 a.m. must enter on the 18th street side and will receive a late pass from a school aide. All lateness is recorded on your child’s record and can affect entrance into middle school. The 19th street entrance will be locked after 8:45 a.m. To enter the building after 8:45 a.m. you must use the 18th street entrance.