Please be aware that school attendance is required of all students, kindergarten through age 16. The School Board maintains that daily school attendance is essential to the educational success of each student. Students are expected to be in school and in class on time in order to receive the full benefit from their instructional programs.
The school social workers monitor attendance at the middle and high schools and are assisted by the use of Lutheran Services Florida and Charlotte County Justice Center Truancy Court to help students and families get back on the right track with attendance. Attending school is not only state law, it is vital to your child’s education and future success in school and life.
All absences will be recorded in the office as excused, unexcused, or absence due to an out-of-school suspension.
I. Calling in Absences
Parents are expected to notify the school when their child is absent. Report all absences to the school attendance line at (941) 575-5490.You will be asked for your child's name and the reason for absence. You will also be given a number which corresponds to your phone call (a confirmation number). Please record this number for future reference.
PLEASE NOTE: Making this call does not necessarily excuse your child's absence; it verifies your knowledge that your child is absent. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct for this school year for more details.
A. Examples ofExcused Absences:
~Illness of student.
~Serious illness or death in student's immediate family, including significant other.
~Students excluded from school for head lice or nits will be allowed up to five (5) school days to remove the lice or nits. After five (5) school days for a single occurrence, the absences will be considered unexcused unless the principal or designee extends the excused classification for special circumstances.
~Doctor or dental appointments (although, parents are encouraged to schedule appointments after school hours).
~Health issues as they relate to pregnant teens, teenage mothers and/or their children (although, apppointments after school hours are encouraged).
~Religious holidays/training of the student's specific faith or religious instruction. Students shall be excused from an examination, study, or work assignment for observance of a religious holiday or because the tenets of his/her religion forbid secular activity at such time.
~*Special honors and/or awards.
~Trips with parents are considered unexcused unless they have the principal's permission three (3) school days in advance.
*School sponsored trips, extracurricular activities, assemblies, and internal suspensions are not considered absences.
B. Examples of Unexcused Absences:
~Absent from school or class without the knowledge and permission of his/her parents or guardian or school authorities.
~At the secondary level, absences beyond nine (9) school days per semester (beyond five (5) school days in an extended or block period) are considered excessive and will be counted as unexcused unless official documentation is provided.
~Excessive excused or chronic absences.
~*Students accumulating more than fifteen (15) chronic/excessive excused absences or absences, which occur in patterns week by week at any time during the school year, may be required to provide documentation per the request of the principal. Failure to provide adequate documentaion may result in absences being considered unexcused with a referral for truancy.
Please Note: Students accumulating as few as five (5) unexcused absences in a calendar month may be referred to Truancy Court.
*Students accumulating more than 15 unexcused absences in a 90-day period are subject to Driver's License revocation.
When a student accrues nine (9) or more absences in a semester, he or she may be in danger of failing. It is the responsibility of the parent and student to make arrangements to complete appropriate make-up work. Students who have excessive excused or unexcused absences will be referred to the Student Assistance Team for appropriate interventions. This team is comprised of the principal, assistant principal, dean, counselors, SRO and school social worker. When appropriate, the school nurse is also included.