We believe the goal of exemplary attendance is an important part of our responsibility to assure that every student is fully engaged in the educational program and is learning habits that will support life long success.

**Please email attendance notes or questions to:

MHS Attendance Policy: Unexcused Tardy Arrivals

  • 1st & 2nd Tardy Arrivals:
    • Verbal Warning
  • 3rd & 4th Tardy Arrivals:
    • 1/2-Hour Detention
  • 5th & 6th Tardy Arrivals:
    • 1-Hour Detention
    • Parent Contact
  • 7+ Tardy Arrivals:
    • Disciplinary Referral
    • 1-Hour Detention
    • Parent Conference

One Call Now Attendance 
FCPS is using One Call Now for attendance notifications. The intent of the messages are to communicate with families if their child has been marked absent for one or
more periods of the school day. This text is automated; therefore, it is possible that if a child enters school later in the day, then the text could occur in error. This text will be sent to the person(s) who are noted as the guardians for your child. Contact the front office if you feel you have received a text in error, or email the attendance office at


Unexcused Absences From School:

  • More than 5 in a term – grade of “F” for the term.
  • More than 10 per semester – grade of “F” and possible loss of all credit.
  • An absence can be a full day or a partial day. A student is considered absent from a class when they miss 45 minutes or more of the class.
  • For additional attendance details, click here for FCPS Regulation 400-98.

Procedures for Excused Absences:

  • Parents are requested to send an email to or call the front office at 240-236-7400 in the morning when a student will be absent. If a call or email is not received, the school will attempt to verify the absence. 
  • Regardless of any telephone and email contact, students must return to school with a note written by a parent or guardian that includes: 1) student’s name, b) date(s) of absence, c) reason for absence, and d) parent signature and daytime phone number. Parents may use this form for written notes:  Attendance Note
  • If there is written verification that a medical professional saw the student in connection with the absence, the parent is encouraged to initial it and submit it with or instead of a parent’s note. 
  • If a note is not submitted within two school days following an absence, the absence is unexcused.

Vacations and College Visits

  • Certain absences for vacations and college visits may be excused with prior administrative approval.
  • To request approval, students use the Blue Request Form, available in the Front Office, and can also be found here: Request for Approval for an Excused Absence. Students and parents complete the "boxed" area first. Then, students are required to circulate the form to their teachers for signature. Lastly, students submit the form to the Attendance Secretary for administrative approval. Turn-around time is 3 days once the form is submitted to the Attendance Secretary.
  • Family vacations may be excused no more than twice during the school year for a combined maximum of 5 days.
  • Visits by students to prospective colleges will be excused up to 4 days per year. College visits must be arranged in advance and verification from the college is required for a lawful absence.

MVA Learner’s Permits

  • Maryland State Law requires all applicants for a learner’s permit, under the age of 16, to demonstrate acceptable school attendance in the prior school semester.
  • To verify school attendance, students and their parents or guardians must complete SECTION A on the following form: MVA Learner's Permit School Attendance Certification Form.
  • The student will then submit the form to the front office for completion of SECTIONS B, C, AND D.  The form will be placed in a sealed envelope for the MVA.  Please submit your form to the attendance secretary before 7:30 AM for same-day turnaround. Please do not open the envelope prior to MVA testing or it will not be accepted.  Copies of the form are also available in the Front Office.