Attendance and Absences
Regular, daily attendance is a critical part of your child's success in school. You can assist your child by making sure s/he comes to school on time, every day, and stays for the full day. Please note that any absence -- excused, unexcused, tardy, or early dismissal -- impacts your child's learning and attendance record. Let's work together to get the most out of your child's education by avoiding absences and tardiness.Notify your child's teacher directly via email/note each morning if your child will be absent/tardy explaining their absence. For excused tardies due to a medical appointment, proof/official documentation from that medical office is required.Please contact our Data Manager, Joyce Baginski, at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding information on your child's attendance record, WCPSS Attendance Policy, or Compulsory Attendance Law.Thank you for your continued support in your child's elementary school success.
Coming to school every day, ready to learn, is important for your child's success. It's also required by state law for children between the ages of 7 and 16.
Excused absences include:
- illness or injury
- a death in the family
- health care appointments
- court appearances
- religious observance
- natural disasters
- outside educational opportunities (you'll need to complete the Request For Excused Absence For Educational Reasons Form | Request For Excused Absence For Educational Reasons (Spanish) in advance)
You'll need to provide a note within two days of your child's return to school or the absences will be recorded as unexcused. Your principal or teachers will notify you if there are three or more unexcused absences, and will work with you and your child if there is a concern that absences are becoming excessive.
Your child will need to make up all work he or she missed, as scheduled by the teacher.
For more information, review School Board Policy 4400: Attendance.
Tardies and Early Checkout
Check students in and out through the office. Arrival after 12:30 or dismissal before 12:30 will be counted as an absence for the day.
Please notify the classroom teacher in writing if your child is being dismissed prior to the close of the instructional day for medical or dental appointments. There will be no early dismissals after 3:15 in the afternoon to minimize classroom interruptions at the end of the day. We are prohibited from allowing students to leave campus prior to the end of the school day unless accompanied by their parents or the parents’ designee. If you wish to have your child ride home with another parent, a note to that effect must be sent in or on file in your student's folder.
In an effort to provide a safe and correct way home for all students, all transportation changes must be in writing to the teacher/school.