Student absences have a direct impact on performance and grades. Attendance is taken each day for every period. The CHAMPS Attendance Policy was devised to keep students in class and reduce the number of days absent. The school will make every effort to notify parents of troublesome attendance patterns; however, it is the student’s responsibility to maintain satisfactory attendance.
If you know in advance your child is going to be absent for more than three days, please notify the Attendance Office as soon as possible to discuss the option of Independent Study during that time. Medical absences beyond three days require a physician’s note.
Students who have six (6) absences in a course will receive an Excessive Absence Notification letter. Students who have ten (10) absences in a course will be referred to the Student Attendance Review Team (SART) to determine any underlying causes of absenteeism and jointly develop an attendance contract. Students with fifteen (15) absences in a course will be drop/failed from the course or unenrolled from CHAMPS.
Punctual attendance in each class is expected of all students. It is imperative that students arrive to school on time and be ready to work at the start of class. Tardiness is disruptive to the other members of the class, as well as to the teacher. In addition, it slows down the student’s own academic progress when they miss instruction. If the student arrives to class after attendance is taken without a proper excuse, they are marked unexcused tardy. Excessive tardies will be referred to administration for disciplinary consequences. Students with an unexcused tardy in excess of thirty (30) minutes will be considered truant.
Early Leave Policy
If a student has to leave early during the school day, the parent must to report to the front desk with ID to check the student out. In limited case when this is not feasible, notification can be made by phone call, email or written note and must include a telephone number where the parent can be reached for verification. If someone other than the parent/guardian is going to pick up the student, the person’s name, relationship to the student and phone number must also be included in the notification. If the student is leaving campus on his or her own by driving the student’s car, taking the bus, or walking, this information must be included in the notification as well. The office will phone the parent/guardian to verify this information.