ATTENDANCE INFORMATION

ARRIVAL TIME:

The bell rings at 7:40 and class begins at 7:45 a.m. Any student not in his/her classroom at 7:45 will be considered tardy. Please plan a safe route to and from school and insist that your child follow it. Unless your child eats breakfast at school (served in the classroom) they should arrive at school no earlier than 7:30 a.m. Students may not leave the school grounds at lunchtime.

ABSENCES:

All children are expected to be in attendance each day unless they are ill, have a medical or dental appointment, or a family emergency arises. If your child has a medical appointment during school hours they are encouraged to be at school and leave for the appointment rather than miss the entire day.

When your child is absent please call our office (858-273-3323) in the morning to report the absence.

Please indicate your child’s name, teacher, and reason for the absence. You may also send a note with your child when they return to give to his or her teacher. Every absence must be verified by the school office staff. Informing the teacher does not clear an absence.

Please help your child arrive at school on time. Tardiness interrupts instructional time for your child and the entire class. Students who are chronically tardy may be assigned recess detention.

INDEPENDENT STUDY CONTRACTS:

Please do not plan vacations or trips for your family during the school year. If your child must be absent from school for an extended period of time for anything other than illness, medical or dental appointments, please contact the school office for a Contract for Independent Study. This contract provides a way for your child to be away from school for a brief period of time and still receive written work to complete. It is important that you make arrangements for this contract at least one week before the scheduled absence.

Remember, a contract does not replace classroom instruction and children will fall behind academically if they miss too many days of school. These contracts do not make up for absences for purposes of perfect attendance.

RELEASE OF STUDENTS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY:

Students will not be released during the school day unless a parent (or other authorized adult) comes to the school office, with photo identification, and signs them out. The only people authorized to sign a student out are those listed on the Student Enrollment card in the school office. Please be sure that this information is current and accurate at all times. Students are not to call parents from the classroom for pick-up. They must report to the nurse/office, and the office staff will contact parents if the student needs to go home.

DISMISSAL:

• It is the parents’ responsibility to arrange student pick up at dismissal time. Please do not ask your child to call you for pick up at the end of the school day. Students are expected to leave school grounds immediately after supervised recreational or educational activities are concluded.

• Students attending an after school academic program should proceed directly to the designated classroom or agreed upon meeting area.

• Students waiting to walk with a brother or sister, or who are waiting for a ride, must wait in an orderly manner in front of the school. For safety during this busy time, students may not run around, swing their belongings, play tag or ball, etc. Students should have a book to read and/or are welcome to sit on the grass and start their homework or other quiet activity.

After 15 minutes of waiting, student must call parents and wait inside the office. If a child has not been picked up within 30 minutes of dismissal time, school police may be contacted.

Arriving late or leaving early DOES affect the student’s attendance record.