Maryland state law requires regular school attendance of children between the ages of five and sixteen.
Parents or guardians must call the school between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. to report a child being kept home. Otherwise the child will be considered truant.
All absences and tardiness become part of a student’s permanent record. Please give the child’s name, grade and reason for absence.
Upon the child’s return to school, a written note must be given to the teacher. This note should include the dates of absence, reason for absence, and signature of parent or guardian.
No student will be allowed to return to class without a written excuse note.
A doctor’s certificate may be required for absence of more than three days or after a contagious disease, such as measles, chicken pox, etc.
A child may not be permitted to return to school until he/she is well enough to participate in school activities, including recess at lunchtime.
Since there is no indoor monitor, a student must be well enough to fully participate in outdoor play.
Medical and dental appointments should be made after school hours or on non-school days.
Permission to leave school before dismissal requires a note of request in advance, signed by parent or legal guardian. This note is to be given to the homeroom teacher, who sends it to the principal for approval.
The parent, or someone designated by the parent, must sign the student out of the office.
The student is counted absent from classes missed and must make up the work at the discretion of the teacher.
Absence of more than twenty days per year is considered excessive. Frequent absences may result in lower grades, required attendance at and successful completion of an approved summer school program, or retention.
Late Arrival/Early Departure
For a planned extended absence, the parent or guardian must make a request in writing in advance to the school office. The principal will respond to that request in writing. It is strongly recommended that students not be absent from school due to family vacations. Since the school does not approve of absences for vacation purposes, teachers are not required to give make-up work or tests in such situations.
Perfect attendance for the year means no days absent and no more than two days late. This includes early dismissal, being sent home, and/or leaving during the day and subsequently returning to school.
High School Visitation
Eighth grade students will be allowed up to two days of excused absence for high school visitations with proper documentation. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the appropriate form and signatures to confirm the visit. If proper documentation is submitted, these days will not affect perfect attendance.