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Attendance Box Check markEn español - “Preguntas más frecuentes” respecto a la asistencia y ausencia 

Key Points:

  • For EXCUSED ABSENCES students should ALWAYS check in and out of their SLC office when leaving, or when arriving late or returning from an appointment.
    • Leaving the building for illness or appointments without an Outside Excuse Permit is considered an unexcused absence.  Parents should call the SLC office (or BRS) or write a note to exccuse their son or daughter.  Even with this parent excuse, students must signout of the building in ther SLC office.  In the event that a student does not sign out before leaving the building, the absence can only be excused by the SLC principal upon presentation of a legitimate excuse from the parent of the student involved.  The principal will excuse a student who does not sign out in the office only once in the student's high school career.
    • Reporting To School After an Excused Absence - Students must report to the SLC office for admittance.  An excused absence card will be issued if a parental excuse is provided.
  • PRIOR permission must be given by a parent/guardian for an absence to be excused.


Parent FAQ’s – What should I do if…

My student has an appointment which cannot be scheduled outside of the school day?

Send a signed note with your student or call their SLC office PRIOR to the appointment and provide the time at which you are requesting the student leave school, including if/when the student will return to school.  If returning to school, the student should check in at their SLC office to be excused and given a pass to class if applicable.

My student is sick for the day?

Each day a student is absent the parent/guardian should call their SLC office by 10am.  Provide the student’s name, ID #, date, who you are in relation to the student, and the reason for the absence.

My student called me from school and wants to go home sick?

Students feeling ill should get a pass from their teacher to go to the nurse.  The nurse will call to get parent/guardian permission to leave school and then provide the student with an Outside Excuse Permit.  OR the parent can call the student’s SLC office to give verbal permission for the student to leave, but the student MUST check-out at their SLC office and get an Outside Excuse Permit BEFORE leaving the building.

When do I need to fill out a Request For Pre-Approved Planned Absence Form?

If it is necessary for a student to be absent from school for an extended number of days, other than for the reason of being physically or emotionally unable to attend school (i.e., a trip or special circumstances), a Request For Pre-Approved Planned Absence form must be completed and submited to the stduent's SLC office prior to the absence. Arrangments must be made with teachers for completion of schoolwork.  The numer of days excused for a Pre-Approved Planned Absence may not exceeed ten during a school year for any individual student.

My student needs to leave school early due to a family emergency?

Send a signed note with your student or call their SLC office and provide the time at which you are requesting the student leave school.  Then the student MUST check-out at their SLC office and get an Outside Excuse Permit BEFORE leaving the building.

My student was mistakenly marked absent from a class?

The student should pick up an Attendance Update Request Form from their SLC office and take it to their teacher to sign, verifying that they were present, and then return the form to their SLC office.

My student was at a club during Freshman Advisory, but was marked unexcused?

The student should pick up an Attendance Update Request Form from their SLC office and take it to their club advisor to sign, verifying that they were present, and then return the form to their SLC office.  Students can only miss Advisory on Mondays and Thursdays to attend clubs.  The student should make sure to write their name down on the sign-in sheet at the club. 

Acceptable reasons for excused absences:

  1. Student is ill
  2. Religious Holiday
  3. Bereavement due to death in the immediate family
  4. A medical appointment that cannot be scheduled outside of the school day
  5. Inclement weather
  6. Serving as an elected official

Leaving the building for illness or appointments without an Outside Excuse Permit is considered an unexcused absence.  Parents should call the SLC office or write a note to excuse their son or daughter.  Even with this parental excuse, students must sign out of the building in their SLC office.  Students should talk to their SLC principal or nurse before leaving the building if they do not have prior written permission from a parent.

In the event that a student does not sign out before leaving the building, the absence can only be excused by their SLC principal upon presentation of a legitimate excuse from the parent.  The principal will excuse a student who does not sign out in the office ONLY ONCE in the student’s high school career.

Please note this is an overview.  Please pick up a 2014-2015 School Supplement to District Policy Guide from the Main Office for more details.

Attendance Phone Numbers

SLC 1 – Regent Office – 204-4108

SLC 2 – Van Hise Office – 204-3091

SLC 3 – Highland – 204-3075

SLC 4 – Ash Office – 204-4116

Athletic Office – 204-4103 (for absence mistakes regarding student athletes participating in an athletic event during school hours)