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Attendance Policies

 

Attendance Polices

Children are expected to attend school based upon their contracted service hours. Regular, punctual attendance will help assure that your child is successful.

The parent, or other responsible adult, must sign the child in and out each day with the correct arrival and departure time. The attendance sheet must be signed with a full, legal signature. Under no circumstances can a child be dropped off in the parking lot to find his/her own way to the classroom. An adult must bring his/her child in and make a connection with the staff. All individuals authorized to pick up a child must be 18 and be listed on the child’s emergency card.

Best Interest DaysFull Day and Part Day Programs

  • Each child is allotted 10 Best Interest Days (vacation days) per school year.
  • When a child reaches 10 Best Interest Days the parent/guardian will receive a Truancy Warning Letter.
  • In order for an absence to count as a Best Interest Day the teacher must be notified prior to the absence or by 8:30 am the day of the absence. Otherwise, the absence will be counted as unexcused.

Excused Absences Full Day and Part Day Programs

  • Absences that are considered to be excused include: family emergency, illness of parent or child, funerals, appointments, or visitation.
  • After 10 excused absences the parent/guardian will receive a Truancy Warning Letter.
  • After 10 excused absences parent must bring a note in order for an absence to count as excused.
  • If child has 5 more excused absences without a note the parent/guardian is required to attend a Truancy Meeting and sign an Attendance Agreement Form.
  • Failure to follow the Attendance Agreement Form will result in a child being terminated from a program.
  • In order for an absence to count as excused the teacher must be informed of the child’s absence no later than 8:30am the day of the absence.

Unexcused AbsencesFull Day and Part Day Programs

  • Anything that is not listed under excused absence is considered an unexcused absence.
  • When a child reaches 3 unexcused absences, the parent/guardian will receive a Truancy Warning Letter.
  • If the child has 1 more unexcused absence, the parent/guardian is required to attend a Truancy Meeting and sign an Attendance Agreement Form.
  • Failure to follow the Attendance Agreement Form will result in a child being terminated from a program.

Late Pick Up: Full Day and Part Day Programs

  • The first time a parent/guardian picks up after the contracted pick-up time, he/she is given a verbal reminder of the Late Pick-Up Policy
  • The second time a parent/guardian picks up after the contracted pick-up time; the parent/guardian will receive a Truancy Warning Letter.
  • The third time a parent/guardian picks up after the contracted pick-up time; the parent/guardian is required to attend a Truancy Meeting and sign an Attendance Agreement Form.
  • Failure to follow the Attendance Agreement Form will result in a child being terminated from a program.

Contracted Hours: Full Day Programs Only

  • After missing contracted drop-off time by more than 20 minutes AND/OR picking up 20 minutes before contracted pick-up time 10 times the parent/guardian will receive a Truancy Warning Letter.
  • Your child may be dropped from the program and/or hours of attendance may be modified.
  • If contracted hours are missed 3 more times, the parent/guardian is required to attend a Truancy Meeting and sign an Attendance Agreement Form.
  • Failure to follow the Attendance Agreement Form will result in a child being terminated from a program.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – ALL PROGRAMS

Arriving late, once class is in progress, disrupts the scheduled activities, robbing both your child and those in attendance of quality learning time. Removing your child early has a similar consequence and does not allow her/him to have closure of the day. Please schedule doctor’s appointments, errands and shopping before or after class time. Parents prompt pickup of the child after class promotes a feeling of security.

 

RELEASING CHILDREN TO ADULTS/PARENT(S)

We will not release your child to anyone less than 18 years of age. Children will not be released to anyone other than those persons designated by the parent on the emergency card. Please keep that information correct all year. Two emergency phone numbers of persons, other than the parents, are required for our emergency records. Please make sure these contacts are available during your child’s class time. If someone other than those persons designated in our records is to pickup a child, the parent must notify staff by phone, in person, or by a written, dated and signed note. Any persons picking up a child must have photo identification to pick up a child. There must be a court order on file at the school, if staff is to take steps to prevent a legal parent/guardian from signing a child out.