|Attendance is related directly to grades. Students who attend school have better grades than students with numerous absences. We hold high expectations for students’ attendance at Pau-Wa-Lu and carefully monitor student absences. Your regular attendance, as well as your achievement, is an important factor in determining the successful completion of a school year. The State Legislature has passed strict laws regulating school attendance. Tardies are also considered a serious offense. Parents can be held responsible for students who are classified as habitual truants. Parents can also be required to attend an attendance hearing and be fined for not taking the responsibility for getting their child or children to school regularly and on time. To emphasize the importance of regular attendance, the following administrative guidelines will be in effect.
Absences are excused if they are a result of:
Absences are not excused if they are a result of:
Students who are absent 10 or more days per semester (excused or unexcused) will be required to file an attendance appeal or receive no credit for the semester. A student is only allowed to appeal 10 total days per year and the final appeal decision is made by the site administration.
STUDENT RELEASE FROM SCHOOL
Parents are required to sign you out for an early dismissal. You are not allowed to leave school with another party unless your parent has made prior arrangements with the office. If a person shows up at the office without the parent’s note of approval and that person is not listed on the emergency form as a responsible party, the school will not allow you to leave with that person. This policy is enforced to ensure your safety.
In order to prevent classroom interruptions, you are required to be inside the classroom before the tardy bell rings. Teachers may exceed this standard but this is the minimum expectation school-wide. If you come in late to school, you are to have an admittance pass that has been given to you by the attendance secretary. Your teachers are asked not
to admit you without an office admittance pass. All tardies are unexcused unless the reason is acceptable to the teacher. The following applies to unexcused tardies:
1st Tardy: Warning
2nd Tardy: Teacher administered consequence
3rd Tardy: Recommended teacher phone contact with parent
Upon the 4th tardy in the same class, the teacher will assign lunch detention. An additional day of detention will be assigned for each subsequent tardy to the same class.
ATTENDANCE RELATED LINKS
--Board Policy 504 - Attendance
--Administrative Regulation 504 - Attendance