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DR. MICHAEL M. KROP SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

School Attendance and Tardy Policies

I. School Attendance Policy A. Attendance. Students are to be counted in attendance only if they are actually present or engaged in a school-approved educational activity, which constitutes a part of the instructional program for students. 1. Excused Absence a. Students may be legitimately absent from school for the following reasons: 1) Student illness 2) Medical appointment 3) Death in the family 4) Observance of a religious holiday acknowledged by a majority of the faith 5) School-sponsored event or activity previously approved 6) Other individual absences beyond the control of the parent or student as determined and approved by principal or the principal's designee b. Students with special circumstances should have their parent contact school administration. In some instances, this may enable the student to receive a permissible excuse to do the work assigned in advance. c. Students have 48 hours after an absence to present documentation regarding the absence and to receive an Admit to Class. Admits may be in the cafeteria during lunch. d. Any exceptions to these procedures must be addressed in a conference with an administrator within 48 hours of the absence. Unexcused Absence a. Any absence that does not fall into one of the excused absence categories will be considered unexcused. b. Any student who accumulates five or more unexcused class absences in a designated semester course or ten or more unexcused absences in an annual course will be subject to the withholding of final passing grade(s). This process is reflected as one or more No Grades (NG's) on the report card. Students and/or parents may request administrative screening and/or review of all absences by the Attendance Review Committee for the issuance of grades.

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Planned Part-time Absences a. It is strongly recommended that all doctor or dental appointments be made after school hours. However, if this is not possible, students who have a doctor or dental appointment must sign out of school in the attendance office.

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Any student who plans to be absent for part of the school day must have their parent, guardian, or person listed on their student data card pick them up at school. Sign outs are permitted between 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM. No parent requests for students are permitted after 1:30 PM and under no circumstances will a student be released to any person other than those listed on the student data card. The attendance staff will prepare a Request to Leave School for those students who meet the above criteria.

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Emergency Part-time Absences a. Students who become ill during the school day will be sent to the attendance office with a hall pass. b. The attendance staff will notify the parent, guardian, or a person listed on the student data card via telephone and apprise them of the student's condition and request that they come to school to pick up the student. Students who are ill are not released from school until the parent, guardian or a person listed on the Emergency Contact Card picks them up at school. Under no circumstances will a student be released to any person other than those listed on the student data card. The attendance staff will prepare a Request to Leave School for those students who meet the above criteria. The Request to Leave School must be signed by a parent or guardian and presented the following school day to each teacher whose class was missed as a result of the absence.

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School-Related Absences a. Students participating in a school-sponsored activity, e.g., field trips, interscholastic competitions, exhibitions, or student government activities are considered legitimately absent from class. Such absences should be recorded in your grade book using the appropriate code Students are required to request and complete all class work missed after returning to class. Students are not to be given extra or penalty assignments for legitimate participation in school sponsored activities.

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Suspensions. Under no circumstances are teachers required to make special provisions to comply with this procedure. The responsibility for securing written assignments missed during the suspension period will be the responsibility of the student. 1. Outdoor Suspension a. The class absences accrued by a student who is placed on outdoor suspension are to be recorded by the teacher using the appropriate code in the grade book. b. c. d. A student who is placed on an outdoor suspension is expected to makeup all written assignments missed during the suspension period. Failure to makeup assignments will result in the student being given an academic grade of F for those assignments. It is the student's responsibility to request makeup assignments and complete all work no later than two weeks following the outdoor suspension.

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Additionally, the student will not be subject to the withholding of passing grades unless he or she has, in addition to the suspension, attained five or more unexcused class absences in a designated semester course or ten or more unexcused absences in an annual course.

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Indoor Suspension a. The class absences accrued by a student who is placed on indoor suspension are to be recorded by the teacher using the appropriate code in the grade book. b. c. d. e. A student who is placed on indoor suspension is expected to makeup all written assignments missed during the suspension period. Failure to makeup assignments will result in the student being given an academic grade of F for those assignments. It is the student's responsibility to request makeup assignments and complete all work as negotiated with the teacher. All absences associated with indoor suspensions are recorded as excused absences in your grade book.

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School Tardy Policy A. A student is tardy to class if he or she is not in his or her assigned classroom and seat when the tardy bell rings, provided the student is in class attendance before the close of that class period. 1. Excused Tardiness a. Students may be legitimately tardy from class for the following reasons: 1) Student illness 2) Medical appointment 3) Death in the family 4) Observance of a religious holiday acknowledged by a majority of the faith 5) School-sponsored event or activity previously approved 6) Other individual tardiness beyond the control of the parent or student as determined and approved by principal or the principal's designee b. Any exceptions to these procedures must be addressed in a conference with an administrator within 48 hours of the absence. Unexcused Tardiness a. Any tardy that does not fall into one of the excused tardy categories will be considered unexcused. b. c. Students will be allowed in class between 7:20 and 7:30 AM without penalty. Students will incur escalating administrative penalties for tardiness.

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Student Responsibilities A. The student is expected to: 1. Take advantage of his/her educational opportunity by attending all classes punctually on a daily basis. 2. Provide the school with a written explanation for any absence/tardiness.

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Request the make-up assignment for all excused absences/tardies from his or her teachers upon his or her return to school or class. Complete the make-up assignments for classes missed as negotiated with the teacher.

Tardy Forgiveness Program A. Philosophy This program is designed to assist both parents and students in eliminating the problems associated with school and class tardiness. The program also serves as an alternative to indoor suspension. The program operates on Saturdays and will provide participants with valuable student services and information. Topics discussed include preparing for the FCAT and high school. Program Details 1. Operates on designated Saturdays from 8:00 until 11:00 AM 2. Promotes parent involvement in the school and the problem of tardiness 3. Provides an alternative to suspension 4. Facilitated by a member of the faculty or staff and provides the parent and student with important information on a variety of topics

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Attendance/Tardiness and Interscholastic Sports, Competitions, and Performances

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A student who has ten (10) or more cumulative absences will not be allowed to participate in interscholastic sports, competitions, and performances for the remainder of the school year. A student who has twenty (20) or more cumulative tardies will not be allowed to participate in interscholastic sports, competitions, or performances for the remainder of the school year. A student must be reported as present for the school day in order to participate in interscholastic sports, competitions or performances, including practices. If a student is assigned to Indoor Suspension/School Center for Specialized Instruction (SCSI), he or she will be unable to participate in interscholastic sports, competitions, or performances on the day(s) on which he or she is assigned. If the assignment to SCSI takes place on/or includes a Friday, the student will be unable to participate in interscholastic sports, competitions, or performances on the weekend. A student who is serving an Outdoor Suspension cannot practice or participate in interscholastic sports, competitions, or performances and may be subject to further sanctions or penalties.

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A student who has a total of eleven (11) cumulative days of suspension (indoor and outdoor) will not be allowed to participate in interscholastic competitions or performances for the remainder of the school year.

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