Virginia requires students to attend school each day school is in session unless they have an excused absence. The only excused absences are: illness, religious holiday, bereavement, and court appearances. A doctor’s or dentist’s appointment is considered excused for tardiness or early departure.
Parents must call our absence voice mail (780-8799) or send an email to our absence email (email@example.com) every day of a child’s absence . If you call, we also need a written note that you can send to the teacher when the child returns to school. If you use our email system, yoru email serves as the written note. Make sure in your email you indicate the reason for the absence (Illness, religious holiday, etc.)
If your child will be absent from school for other reasons such as travel, the absence must be approved by the school principal to be excused. You can request an excused absence by emailing the principal (firstname.lastname@example.org) or sending a letter making the request. Please try to schedule travel and or vacations during one of the 185 days your child will not be in school!
After 6 unexcused absences, or an excessive number of tardies, parents will be required to meet with the School Attendance Support Team to come up with intervention strategies to improve school attendance.
Any child who has 10 or more absences (excused or unexcused) may have to meet with our attendance team. The state of Virginia considers 18 or more days of absence for any reason to be "chronic absence". A child with 18 or more days of absence will be retained in the current range unless a waiver is granted by the superintendent.
Please report the absence by 9:30 AM to give the reason for the absence, tardiness, or early departure.
Attending School is the Law!
The Commonwealth of Virginia requires that all children between the ages of five and eighteen be enrolled in school and attend on a daily basis. Any student who fails to report to school for a total of five scheduled school days (unexcused) for the school year will be referred to a school attendance officer for further action. When a referral is received, the school attendance officer will attempt to interview the student, parent and other relevant parties to develop a plan to resolve the attendance issue. A student who is absent from school for 15 consecutive days or more is withdrawn from school and must officially register again upon his or her return to school.