Attendance Policy

“Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow”

The Compulsory School Attendance law requires parents to send all children between the ages of five (5) and eighteen (18) to school. To set a strong foundation for educational success, students must attend school each day, and they must be on time. Accurate accounting for all students begins at 8:45 a.m.

Students arriving after 9:00 a.m. will be marked tardy and they must receive a tardy pass issued by the main office. Three (3) tardies equal one (1) absence.

If a student must be tardy or absent, please send a written note to the school explaining the reason for the tardiness or absence. This note will allow us to classify the tardiness or absence as excused to submit to Mrs. Holroyd (Attendance Counselor) in the main office. Verbal excuses will not be accepted.

Excused Absences include: Unexcused Absences include:
Scholar illness (doctor’s note required)  Parent or sibling illness
Death in scholar’s immediate family  Family vacation
Medical appointments (doctor’s note required) Babysitting
Temporary school closings due to weather  Running errands
Visiting a parent or guardian in military  Oversleeping
Emergency circumstances approved by DCPS No clean uniform  


Early Dismissal Policy

Families are discouraged from picking students up early from school unless it is necessary for a medical appointment. After 2:30 p.m., it becomes disruptive for students, teachers, and office staff to dismiss students from class. Please make plans for pick up before 2:30 p.m. if you must pick your child up before 3:15 p.m. Please notify the main office by calling or sending a note so that we can have the student waiting prior to arrival. Parents will still have to enter the building to sign the student out in the main office.

What Happens When a Student Misses Days? (Unexcused Absences)

Day 1 & 2       Mrs. Holroyd contacts parents
Day 3              Mrs. Holroyd will mail a notification letter to parents
Day 5              2nd notification letter mailed to parents; parent must attend a Student Support Team (SST)         meeting; a home visit will be conducted if parent fails to attend
Day 7              Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) will mail a warning letter mailed to parent
Day 10            Scholar is referred to Child & Family Services Agency (CFSA); parent must attend a follow- up SST meeting
Day 15 Scholar is referred to the Office of the Attorney General