Absences Please call Attendance Line At (208) 855-4046 by 10 AMPlease leave a message, including student name, grade and the reason for the absence on the voicemail.When a student is absent from school, it will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian to notify the school with the reason for the absence.Exceptions include situations beyond the control of the student such as court appearance, bereavement, medical/dental appointments, etc. Documentation must be provided prior to participating. Students who are suspended, including in-school suspension for a major discipline offense, are not allowed to practice or participate in after school activities. If a student will be absent from school for 3 or more days, they are encouraged to fill out a “Pre-Arranged Absence“ form. The student should request this form from the front office at least one full day prior to their absence. The student takes this form to all of his or her teachers who will then sign the form and indicate if they will give their homework before the student’s absence, check the teacher’s calendar page on the website, or receive the work when they return.Class work and due dates are to be pre-arranged with all teachers.
DID YOU KNOW?
• Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school. • Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read. • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks. • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
• Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
• Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
• Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
• Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required shots.
• Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates before school starts to help her transition.
• Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
• If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
When Do Absences Become a Problem?
18 or more days
10 to 17 days
• Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something 9 or fewer absences comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
• Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
Note: These numbers assume a 180-day school year.