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ABSENCES AND EXCUSES (Bill #: HB 51 & SB 210)   Parents should contact the school within two (2) hours, i.e. by 10:30 A.M., if their child(ren) will be absent.  If the school does not receive a call from the parent or guardian, the parent will be contacted.  School Districts are permitted by law to require parents to give the school at least one and not more than two telephone numbers for notification purposes.  Your cooperation would be greatly appreciated. 

Student absences are considered valid for:

  1. Personal illness
  2. Severe illness and/or death in the family
  3. Serious personal or family problems
  4. Doctor or dental appointments which cannot be scheduled outside school hours
  5. Other acceptable reasons when arranged in advance through the principal's office (example:  funerals or religious holidays).

Students absent in excess of 25 days per school year may be considered for retention. 

TARDINESS  Students who do not report to school or class on time are considered tardy.  Disciplinary action (detention) will be taken when students receive their third unexcused tardy in any given quarter of the school year.  A student arriving late due to a doctor/dentist appointment may be required to present documentation to the office.  A pattern of tardiness may result in additional disciplinary action.   

MAKING UP WORK/ASSIGNMENTS  It is a student’s responsibility to obtain all make-up work from their teachers immediately upon returning to school.  Failure to obtain make-up work is no excuse for not doing the work missed.  Missed work must be made up within a reasonable time depending upon the length and cause of the absence or absences.  Remember:  Arrangements to make up work should be made the day the student returns to school.  Student absences falling on the day of a test or the day that an assignment is due shall be treated as follows:

1.  Advanced assignments are those that are assigned at least ten days in  advance.  These will normally be due on the day and time designated whether or not the student is present at school.   These assignments may be brought to the teacher by parents/guardians or delivered by other means.  A teacher may reduce a student's grade if advanced assignments are not on time.

2.    Regular assignments are those normally due the next day or within the next few days.  Students shall have additional time, equal to the amount of time they are absent, to turn in these assignments.  Assignments turned in later than this may have credit reduced.  It is the student’s responsibility to find out what work has been missed, if absent, and make arrangements for turning in the work.  As an example, if a student missed one day, make-up work must be completed by class time on the day after the student returns to school.  For assignments due on the day of an absence, these must be turned in on the day the student returns to school.

3.    If a student misses a test, it shall be made up on the day the student returns to school.  If a student is not at school on the day that the test is announced or the day that a review is held, the student may have additional time equal to the time absent from school to make up the test.  

The office will obtain homework assignments only when a student has been or will be absent from school for at least two (2) consecutive days. 

MAKE-UP WORK DURING DISCIPLINARY PLACEMENTS

If a student is placed  in the Alternative Learning Center (ALC) or receives the first suspension, the student will be allowed full make-up provisions outlined above.  For any out-of-school suspension after the first suspension in a given school year, students will not be allowed make-up privileges.  Grades will be zeros. 

DEPARTURE OF STUDENT DURING SCHOOL DAY

If parents request that their child be dismissed during the school day, the child MUST be picked up at the Principal's Office, not the child's classroom.  Please remember that an absence of as little as 20 minutes may result in a half-day's absence per State law. 

EARLY DISMISSALS

School will be dismissed early for school improvement meetings and parent/teacher conferences.  Please refer to the school calendar for the exact dates and times. 

EMERGENCY/SNOW DAYS

Cancellation of school due to inclement weather will be announced on local television stations.  Whiteside School does not dismiss school early on snow days, or other days that we experience weather changes.  If parents wish to pick up their child(ren) due to weather conditions, they should report in person to the Principal's Office and the child(ren) will be dismissed from class.

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