- Written excuses for absences should be submitted to the 1 st Period teacher on the Primary/Secondary Student Absentee Excuse form. Questionable absentee excuses will be referred by the 1 st Period/homeroom teachers to the administrator. If a written excuse is not provided to the school within three (3) days after the student returns to school, the absence will be considered unexcused. Parents of any student with three days of illegal absence will be served notice by the school.
- Students arriving late school after the beginning of 1 st Period/HR (8:30a.m.) must sign in at the office.
- Students signing in after 11:30a.m. will be marked absent for the day.
- Missing the school bus is not considered as an excused absence for an entire school day. Students must find transportation. However, absences due to bus problems will be recorded as legal with a parental excuse stating the particulars of the situation.
- Disciplinary procedures for truancy during the course of a school year:First Offense Parents will be notified and students will be assigned to in-school suspension.Second Offense Parents will be notified and students will be assigned to out of school suspension.
Third Offense Parents will be notified and students will be assigned to out of school suspension. A parental conference will be required.
Students who are truant do not have the right to make up assigned class work (this includes tests).
- As stated, written excuses for must be submitted to the 1 st Period/HR teacher within three (3 days after the student returns to school. Failure to do so will result in the absences being coded as unexcused.
- After three (3) unexcused absences an official and final letter will be generated from the school office to the student’s home, documenting the illegal absences.
- Any additional unexcused absences (4+) will be forwarded to the Home and School Visitor. The officer will cite the family for alleged unexcused absences, through the District Magistrate.
- Subsequent fines will continue to occur should the student continue to collect unexcused absences.
- The school office will inform the Home and school Visitor any time a student is absent more than 25% of the school year to date. Upon review, the Home and School Visitor may cite the family through the District Magistrate.
- The family has the right to plead not guilty and request a court date with all citations.
Excessive consecutive absences
- Once a student misses ten (10) consecutive days of school, if the school office is not already aware of the reason for the absences, contact will be attempted and a home visit will be performed.
- If the Home and School Visitor is unable to contact the family the student will be removed from the roster.
- The family must re-enroll the student should the child wish to return to school. All necessary documentation verifying a current address will be required.
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- Students will be considered officially tardy if not in their 1 st/HR period by 8:30a.m. Loitering in the halls, car problems, or sleeping-in are unacceptable excuses. Tardy students must sign in at the school office and provide the requested information. A class admit pass is then issued. (Failure to sign in at the school office is considered an infraction of school procedures and subject to disciplinary action).
- Only the signed note from a parent or doctor will exempt the student from receiving an unexcused tardy.
- The total number of days tardy is recorded automatically on the daily absentee sheet and on the student’s permanent records.
- Excessive tardiness could have serious consequences on grades or future employment.
- It is the student’s responsibility to attend class on time. Once the late bell has rung, the student is officially tardy. Under no circumstances will the school office issue a pass to students to class unless they have been held by office for some reason. Any student who is late to class must provide an excuse from his previous teacher or the tardiness will be recorded by the teacher as unexcused.
- G.W.C.S. is a spacious building and a reasonable amount of time has been allowed for the changing of classes. However, if you loiter on the way to class, you will no doubt be late.
Greater Works Christian School tardy policy
- Students will be considered officially tardy if they are not in their 1 st period/HR by the designated time.
- Tardy students must report directly to the school office to sign-in and provide written excuse signed by parent or guardian. Excuses should be presented on the day of tardiness. The written excuses will be recorded as excused or unexcused. Tardies, not supported by written excuses, will be recorded as unexcused. Written excuses will be accepted up to three school days following the tardy. Excused tardies include: illness, severe weather conditions, personal emergencies, documented medical appointments or extremely urgent reasons of which the school is judge.
- Unexcused tardies include but are not limited to loitering in the halls, sleeping-in or missing the bus. Failure to report to the school office will result in the recording of an unexcused absence for the entire day.
Disciplinary procedures for unexcused tardiness
- 1-4 unexcused tardies – no action will be taken
- 5-6 unexcused tardies – a warning will be given to the student regarding the tardies. Parent(s) will be notified.
- 7-9 unexcused tardies – the student will be issued one (1) detention for the each day.
- 10 unexcused tardies – the student will serve one (1) day In-School Suspension. Parents/guardian will be notified.
- 11 unexcused tardies – the student will receive a two (2) day In-School Suspension. Parents/guardian will be notified.
- 12 unexcused tardies – the student will receive a three (3) day In-School Suspension. Parents/guardian will be notified.
- Additional unexcused tardiness may result in an informal hearing and/or an Administrative Expulsion hearing.