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Virginia State law requires students under the age of 18 to attend school and states that the parent has the obligation to see that the student is in school.  The high schools in Loudoun County are committed to the philosophy that every student should attend all of his or her classes every day.  Regular attendance and promptness are expected in all classes and are essentials of good performance of any job.  Learning to participate in group discussions, developing an appreciation for the view and abilities of other students, and forming the habit of regular attendance to one’s task are legitimate objectives of any course.  Each student should be aware that attendance is part of his or her evaluation in each class.  A student should understand that excessive absences, whether excused or unexcused, will drastically affect the class grade.

 

The Attendance Secretary will make every effort to inform parents of a student’s absence.  The school must have correct telephone numbers for both home and work.  If either telephone number changes, please notify the guidance office at 571.434.3204 immediately.  An “information change form” should be picked up from and returned to the guidance office.

 

ABSENCES

 

There are circumstances that may prevent a student’s attendance in school.  Absences, when justifiable, that may be classified as excused absences are the following:

1.      Personal illness

2.      Death in the family

3.      Medical or dental appointments

4.      Court appearances

5.      Religious holidays

6.      Trips and activities that enhance or extend the student’s education, when approved in advance by the principal.

 

For an absence to be considered excused the parent must:

1.      Call the attendance line (571.434.3202) by 9:00 a.m. to report an all day absence, or …

2.      Send a written excuse upon the student’s return to school.

 

If the parent does not call the day of the absence or send a note upon the student’s return to school following an absence, the student’s absence is unexcused which may result in disciplinary action.

 

EXCESSIVE ABSENCES: If a student accumulates 10 or more absences through the entire school year, the administration may require medical verification for any future absences to be excused.

 

ABSENTEE CALL-IN LINE: For the convenience of parents, a 24-hour attendance line (571.434.3202) is available to notify the school of an absence.

Last Modified on September 8, 2011