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.
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.
IF YOUR CHILD IS ABSENT
Parents are requested to call the school in the morning when a student will be absent. If a call is not received, the school will attempt to verify the absence. If parents request placement on our “call list,” they will be called automatically.
Regardless of any telephone contacts, students must return to school with a note written by a parent that includes: 1) student’s name, b) dates of absence, c) reason for absence, and d) parent signature and daytime phone number.
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.
VACATION TRIPS & COLLEGE VISITS
Certain absences for trips or college visits will be excused, but only with prior administrative approval. Prior approval should be initiated at least 7 days before the absence on the request (blue) form which is available in the Attendance Office and can also be found on our website http://mhs.sites.fcps.org. Return the form to attendance at least 3 days prior to the planned absence.
Students taking trips with their parents 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.
Request for Approval for an Excused Absence
Unexcused Lates to School
3rd 30 min detention (2:20-2:50 p.m.)
4th Referral – 1 hour detention and
parking privilege warning (2:20-3:20 p.m.)
5th Referral – 1 hour and a half detention and
parking privilege warning (2:20-3:50 p.m.)
6th Referral – 2 hour detention (2:20-4:20 p.m.)
7th Referral – Saturday School