Certain procedures have been established by practice and by law to handle those situations where students are absent.
- On the day the absence occurs: A parent should call the attendance office at 937-9116 ext 3194 in the morning to notify the school of the absence and reason. If this call is not made, the attendance clerk will attempt to call the home of the absent student. Calls home are generally conducted starting at 9:30am.
- Upon return to school:The student should bring a signed note to the attendance office to be re-admitted to school. The note should indicate the date(s) absent and the reason for the absence. If illness exceeds (3) consecutive school days, a doctor's excuse is necessary. Signed notes from parents will be evaluated to determine if the absence is excused or unexcused. These notes will be used by attendance and the principal to determine extenuating circumstances should absences exceed state mandates. Notes should be presented to the Intermediate School attendance (main) office between 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. to be accepted as excused. However, students may bring their note the following day. If a note is not received or phone contact has not been made, the student will receive an unexcused absence for the day. All notes are filed for audit.
- Early Dismissal: Whenever a student has an early dismissal for a Medical/Dental appointment, he/she must bring a note verifying the appointment from the Medical/Dental office or parent.
- Regardless of reason for exiting, entering and/or re-entering school during the day, the student must report to the main office for admission.
Regular school attendance is essential for a student to make the most of his or her education—to benefit from teacher-led and school activities, to build each day’s learning on the previous day’s, and to grow as an individual. Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student’s mastery of the instructional materials; therefore, the student and parent should make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences.
When to keep your child home:
Sometimes it can be difficult for a parent to decide whether to send children to school when they wake up with complaints that they do not feel well. However, there are some situations in which it is best to plan on keeping you child home.
- Persistent fever greater than 100 under the armpit, 101 Orally, or 102 rectally (without fever reducing medication such as Tylenol).
- Vomiting more than 2 times in the previous 24 hours, especially if accompanied by poor appetite, diarrhea, or fever.
- Diarrhea or loose stools that cannot be controlled, that are bloody, or that spill out of underpants, or a diagnosis from a physician of an infectious cause until cleared by the physician to return to school.
- Child is too sleepy or ill to stay in class all day.
- Significant cough that makes a child feel uncomfortable or disrupts the class.
- Difficulty breathing, persistent crying, or significant irritability.
- Sore throat accompanied by fever, rash, and/or feeling ill, that lasts longer than 48 hours, or a physician confirmed diagnosis of strep throat until 24 hours after treatment.
- Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth; any wet or weeping sores; or a physician confirmed diagnosis of impetigo until 24 hours after treatment has started.
- Rash accompanied by other symptoms of illness such as fever or behavioral changes, until a physician confirms it is not contagious.
- Red, runny eyes that are painful, severely itchy, red or swollen eyelids, or distract a child from learning.
- Large amount of discolored nasal discharge especially if the child is feeling ill or has a fever.
- Severe ear pain or drainage from the ear.
- Severe headache, especially if accompanied by fever or rash.
- Persistent abdominal pain for more than 2 hours or associated with fever, dehydration, or feeling very ill.
Any condition that you think may be serious, contagious to others, or that would prevent your child from staying in class, participating comfortably in activities, or that may interfere with learning.
Please contact your private provider for specific questions about your child, or your School Nurse (ext 3118) for general questions.