ATTENDANCE/ABSENCE/EARLY DISMISSAL/MAKE-UP WORK POLICIES
Returning from an Absence
v A student absent from school must present a written excuse within two school days from the parent to the attendance office upon his/her return to school.
v All written excuses must include the date(s) of absence, the reason for the absence, and the signature of the parent/guardian.
Unexcused Absence Policy
v The Frederick County attendance policy specifies that more than five (5) days missed per term constitutes excessive absence.
v A student who has in excess of five (5) days of unexcused absence in any marking period will be assigned an “F” grade in all classes missed.
v Students should contact their administrator on the policy for making up unexcused absences.
Late Arrivals to School
v The school working day for students starts at 7:30 a.m. Any student not in the first block class at this time will be counted late. Any student arriving after 7:30 should receive a late pass from a staff member in the front lobby. Tardies, 20 minutes or more, count as unlawful class absences and may result in class failure.
v Excessive tardiness is not accepted or excused; missing the bus, over sleeping and traffic are not excused lates. Consequences can range from teacher detention to suspension and/or a referral to a pupil personnel worker.
v Lateness policy 1st late-warning
2nd late-Teacher detention
3rd late-After School Retention
4th late and thereafter - Saturday School
Early Dismissal from School
v A student may not leave campus during the day without written consent from his/her parents and the attendance office.
v A student leaving school for medical or other appointments must present a written excuse from a parent to the attendance office before 7:30 a.m.
v The attendance staff will attempt to verify all early dismissal notes prior to issuing the student an out-of-school pass.
v During class exchange, the student must report back to the attendance office to pick up his/her pass for dismissal.
v Upon returning to school, the student must report immediately to the attendance office for an “admit to class” pass.
v A student who becomes ill during the day and needs to go home should get a pass from his/her teacher and then report to the health technician. A student is responsible for knowing the locations of his/her parents and phone numbers where parents can be contacted. A reasonable effort will be made to contact parents. An emergency contact person must be listed in the event that a parent cannot be reached.
Make-up Work for Absences
v A student may make up work missed during excused absences including legal lates to school. Make-up work counts for full credit.
v A student must request make-up work within two (2) days of his/her return school and is given a reasonable period of time for completion of make-up work.
v Unexcused absences will cause the student to be denied credit for make-up work. The work may be done for the purpose of teacher review, but NO credit will be given.
High Absentee Tracking Procedures
Student attendance at Frederick High School has shown a downward trend in recent years. The number of days absent can be directly related to a student’s academic performance. A student with good school attendance tends to have more success in school than students with poorer attendance patterns. An early intervention-attendance monitoring system has been established to work with students who are experiencing attendance problems.