Students with good attendance have more success in school than students with poor attendance. Our attendance policies have been designed to ensure that all students take advantage of learning opportunities. A student who misses fewer than 7 days is considered to have excellent attendance. A student who misses more than 10 days is considered to have poor attendance.
Returning from an Absence
· Parents are asked to call the school by 8:30 a.m. if the parent has knowledge of the student’s absence.
· Students must present to the attendance office a written excuse from the parent within two school days or the absence will be coded unexcused.
· All written excuses must include student’s first and last name, the dates(s) of absence, the reason for the absence, the signature of the parent/guardian, and phone # for verification..
Absence for Vacation or College Visit
· Students must submit a written request from parent, with dates of absence, to their assistant principal at least 3 school days in advance.
· Visits to prospective colleges are excused up to 4 days per year.
· Vacations with parents may be excused no more than twice a year for a combined maximum of five days.
Late Arrival to Class (Per Term)
· 1st late – teacher warning
· 2nd late – teacher detention and call home
· 3rd late and beyond – referral to the office
Late Arrival to School
· The school day for students starts at 7:30 a.m. Any student not in first block at this time will be counted absent. If the student arrives in school after 7:30 a.m., he/she is to report immediately to the attendance office. Tardies count as unlawful class absences and may result in class failure.
· The detention plan for students who arrive late to school (unexcused) is as follows:
1st late – warning
2nd late – 2nd warning
3rd late – 1 hour after-school detention and a call home
4th late – 2 hour after-school detention and a call home
5th late – Saturday School
Students may not leave campus one they arrive in the morning during the day without consent from a parent and the attendance office. Students leaving school for medical appointments must present a written excuse (including a phone number for verification) from the parent to the attendance office before 7:30 a.m.
Upon returning to school, the student must report immediately to the attendance office for an “admit to class” pass.
A student who becomes ill during the day and needs to go home must get a pass from his/her teacher and then report to the health room. It is the responsibility of the student to know the location of his/her parents and phone numbers where parents can be contacted. A reasonable effort will be made to contact parents; however, multiple phone calls may not be possible.
Greater than five (5) days of unexcused absence in a term will result in a failure in all classes where the absence occurred.
Greater than ten (10) days of unexcused absence will result in a loss of credit for the semester.
Eight (8) days of unexcused absence per semester will result in a referral to the Pupil Personnel Worker assigned to Catoctin High School.
Student absences will be excused up to ten (10) days per year with a note from a parent. Any days after that require official documentation (note from a doctor, dentist, lawyer, counselor, etc.) to be considered as a legal absence. Exceptions are considered by administration on a case-by-case basis.