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LCPS Attendance Policy

Absent from School

Absence from school for any period of time will result in loss of learning; it is important for each student to be present whenever possible to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered by the school. All students who are absent will be required to make up all significant work missed, except as provided by the principal for suspension absences. Students are excused for personal illness, a death in the family, medical or dental appointments, court appearances, religious holidays, illness in the immediate family, or emergencies that require the student to be absent.
 
Whenever a student is absent from school, documentation is required to verify the reason for the absence. Parents/Guardians are required to notify the school as to the reason for the absence. This may be done through the school’s Absentee Phone-in line. Any absence not confirmed by the parent/guardian will be considered unexcused. If the parent/guardian has not called the school to verify the absence, the school will make a reasonable effort to call the parent/guardian to verify the day’s absence.
 
Upon the student’s return to school, a written explanation from a parent or guardian is required for each absence. The note should include: date(s) of the absence, reason for the absence, and signature of the parent/guardian. Students who are returning to school after a hospitalization (surgery or illness), or a procedure (broken bone or tests) must have a release from the physician. The release should include the following information: approval for the student to return to school, the activity level allowed, any current restrictions, and the duration of those restrictions.
 
Students are excused for personal illness, a death in the family, medical or dental appointments, court appearances, religious holidays, illness in the immediate family, or emergencies that require the student to be absent.
 
If a student is absent, whether excused or unexcused, for more than 10 days or 10% of the total number of days membership, whichever is determined appropriate by the principal, the school will send a letter to the parents/guardians requiring a physician’s note for all further absences. At the principal’s discretion, contact may be made sooner or waived due to extenuating circumstances. A copy of the attendance letter sent to the parents/guardians will be placed in the student’s cumulative folder.
 
At the point at which a student accumulates 5 unexcused absences, a referral will be made to the Attendance Officer.
 

Tardy to School

Occasional tardiness for valid reasons is not a serious offense; however, repeated or habitual tardiness encourages the formation of undesirable personal habits and disrupts the orderly instructional process of the school. When a student arrives tardy, parents must escort their child to the office and assist him/her in obtaining a tardy pass to class. This is required to ensure the safety and well-being of the student.
 
In addition, the school may require the parent or guardian to provide justification to determine the reason for the student’s tardiness. If this does not occur and documentation is not provided by the parent, as to the reason for the tardy, the tardy may be considered unexcused. If a student is tardy more than 10 times, a letter will be sent to the parent as notification of the school’s concern for the student’s non-attendance, and a physician’s note may be required. If the pattern of tardiness does not improve, a referral will be made to the Attendance Officer.