Since research shows that student achievement is directly related to attendance, regular on time attendance is vital for your child to meet the success in our school. One goal of Valley's School Improvement Plan is the continuation of meeting the state's excellence standard of 96% attendance, or better. When students do not arrive prior to 8:55, they do not have adequate time to unpack and prepare for the upcoming day. If you need to drive your children, please plan to have them here at 8:45 a.m. to give them ample time to be ready for learning.
To help reach our goals we are continuing the following strategies:
* Daily post classes with 100% attendance.
* Make home visits on excessive absences.
* Make personal contact with parents of students who are tardy 3 or more times.
The school day for all students is 8:55 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Morning announcements begin promptly at 8:55 a.m.
Students arriving after morning announcements need to sign in at the front office. The child should have a note from the fmaily stating the reason for the lateness. Students can take up to five days a year for vacations. Any days over that number may be coded unexcused. Students with perfect attendance will be treated to a special lunch with the administrators and the guidance counselor. For the luncheon, perfect attendance means that the students have had no late arrivals or early outs for the entire year. Please see the FCPS Calendar Handbook for details on attendance.
The law requires a written excuse any time a child is absent. The excuse should be received by the school within two days of the absence and should include the date of the absence, the reason for the absence, and the signature of the parent/guardian. Without this information, the absence is coded unexcused.
A written excuse from a physician is necessary for a long-range restriction from physical education activities.
Students are expected to play outside, weather permitting, so please dress them appropriately. If your child is unable to go outside for recess, a written note from the parent/guardian is required.