Carrolltowne Elementary School

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Attendance Policy

Both absences and tardiness are serious disruptions to the educational process. A student is counted present for a full day if the student is in attendance four hours or more of the school day. A student is counted present for 1/2 day if in attendance for at least two hours of the school day, but less than four hours. A student is counted absent when in school less than two hours of the school day. When students are absent, arrive late, or leave school early, their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) are requested to inform the school the morning of the absence.

A student scheduled for less than a full day is to be counted present based on the amount of time he/she is scheduled. Students must be present for that entire block of time in order to be marked present for the day. If the student is absent for 1/2 of the designated time he/she will be absent for 1/2 day. If the student is present for more than 1/2 of the scheduled time he/she will be marked late, but present for the entire day. If the student is present for less than 1/2 of the designated time he/she will be marked absent for that day.
Excused absences include illness of the student, death in the immediate family, observance of a religious holiday, a court summons, suspension/exclusion for health reasons, and family vacation (when approved in advance). In addition, absences will be considered unlawful if the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) does not provide a lawful explanation of the absence in a written note, fax, e-mail, or phone call within five days of the student returning to school.
Disciplinary consequences for an unlawful absence/truancy may include, but are not limited to, parent(s)/legal guardian(s) conference, detention, in school consequences, or Saturday School. Additionally, legal charges against the student and parent(s)/legal guardian(s) may result in detention, confinement in jail or fines. If student absences become excessive, the school may require medical verification to excuse further absences from school.

-Excerpted from the CCPS Student Handbook