Star Academy Students
Welcome to The Attendance Office! It is our belief that school and learning are inspiring and empowering activities. In today’s world, learning is now a lifelong activity and necessity. There is now a direct link between how much learning one has and the amount of happiness one will experience in his/her lifetime. Going to school is simply a formal and more intense learning phase of everyone’s life. Even though going to school requires hard work and is sometimes stressful, the value of learning must be seen as empowering, inspiring, and, therefore, worthy of attending school every day.
Students are counted present only when they are actually in school and in class, on homebound instruction, or present at an activity authorized by the school principal.
School Absence Policy
Absences are defined as either lawful (excused) or unlawful (unexcused). Absences, either lawful or unlawful or a combination thereof, MAY NOT EXCEED FIVE (5) days per full unit on a 4X4 block schedule. Missing more than half of a class (45 minutes) constitutes an absence. ALL absences beginning with the 6th absence MUST be lawful and will only be excused if they fall within the following guidelines:
- Personal illness of a child shall be verified by a statement from a physician within two (2) days of the student’s return to school. Absences for chronic or extended illness will be approved only when verified by a physician’s statement.
- Serious illness or death of an immediate family member shall be verified by a statement from the doctor within two (2) days of the student’s return to school.
- Absences for religious holidays shall be requested in advance. Such requests must be made to the principal in writing.
- Absences for extreme hardships may be approved by the principal. Such approval should be pre-arranged.
UNLAWFUL ABSENCE—Any student absent, with or without the knowledge of the parent, which does not meet the conditions for a lawful absence shall be counted as unlawful and will not be excused. ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL and ADMISSION to CLASSES after ABSENCES—It is expected that a written note from the parent/guardian accompany the student upon their return to school from any absence. This note should be taken to the Attendance Office IMMEDIATELY upon arrival on campus from the absence. The note MUST contain the following items:
- The exact reason for the absence. Please be specific on illnesses… “upset stomach,” “severe headache,” “sore throat,” “nausea,” etc. We will not accept “…was not feeling well.”
- Dates of the days of the absence.
- Signature of the parent/guardian WITH A PHONE NUMBER WHERE YOU CAN BE REACHED DURING THE DAY.
EXTENDED ILLNESSES—Students and parents should be keenly aware of the opportunity to obtain “Homebound” instruction should he/she have to miss school for any extended length of time. Once a parent or student realizes he/she will be out for an extended length of time, he/she can apply for a “Homebound” instructor to visit the home 5 hours per week to keep the student abreast of his/her studies. The parent or student should contact his/her counselor immediately for such services (see phone numbers at front of handbook). Medical homebound instruction cannot be approved until a physician certifies that the student is medically unable to attend school, even with the aid of transportation, but may profit from instruction. Therefore, a note from the doctor specifying the need for the student to be out for extended time must be produced to potentially authorize the service. The superintendent of the school district, or his or her designee, must then approve or deny the medical homebound instruction request.
In order to be dismissed from school early, a student must bring a written note from a parent to the Attendance Office at the beginning of the day. The note must have a phone number that is on file with the school. The student will not be dismissed if a parent can not be reached. An early dismissal slip will be written and the student should drop by the ATTENDANCE OFFICE during class change to pick up the slip. This slip authorizes the student to leave school at the designated time. Students will be allowed to leave school for early dismissals at class change only. REMINDER: Classes missed for an early dismissal count toward the first 5 days of allowable absences in any one class. Therefore, early dismissals after the 5th absence must be lawful (excused). Any student returning from an early dismissal must bring the yellow dismissal slip to attendance to obtain an admit slip. Phone calls for an early dismissal will not be accepted (this includes parent phone calls).
A student who arrives late to school or to class is tardy. At Donaldson Star Academy, all teachers will close their doors when the tardy bell rings. Any student who is tardy to school after 9:00 a.m. must go to the attendance office to obtain a pass. After 9:00, the student is counted absent for the class. Students will be allowed three (3) tardies to class. On the fourth and fifth instances, students will be assigned detention by the teacher. Teachers will write a referral on the sixth instance. Tardies beyond the sixth will result in suspension from school. If a student does not attend at least half of a class, the student will be counted absent (not tardy) for that class period. Consequences: Parent notification, detention,
The following are acceptable as “Excused Tardy”:
- Medical appointment (must have note from doctor)
- Court appearance (note from court summons)
- Administrative approval