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Attendance Policy

When your child misses a day of school she/he misses many learning opportunities.  Having your child at school on time is of primary importance to us.

If your child is absent for any reason, please call the office by 7:30 a.m. the morning of the absence. Unverified absences will be considered truancies.

All students arriving at school after the first bell must report to the Office for a Tardy Slip.  Repeated tardies to school will result in loss of privileges and potential truancy documentation.

A letter will be sent to you if your child is repeatedly absent, regardless of the reason.  You may need to meet with the principal, or in some cases, be referred to the District Truant Officer.

For more information regarding the School District's Board Policy Attendance, please visit the Douglas County School District website. (Board Policy 504BP and Administrative Regulation 504AR).

School Office Hours

Office personnel will generally be available to help you in person or over the phone between the hours of 6:30 AM and 4:00 PM.  However, school meetings may cause these hours to vary occasionally. 

Reporting an Absence

We prefer that you call the attendance office (265-6100) before 7:30 AM to let us know your child will not be at school for the day.  If it is not possible, please send a note with your student when he/she returns to school.  If we don't receive a note or a call from you within 72 hours of the absence, your child will be considered truant (see truancy policy).

Late to school (Tardy)

Students who arrive at school after 7:45 AM are required to check in at the attendance office in the morning that same day.  If you know your child is going to be late to school, please phone, send a note, or come in to the office with your child.  Please make note of the district’s attendance regulations on acceptable and unacceptable excuses for tardies.  Habitual tardies, even with a call or note from you after a warning, could result in lunch detention and/or further discipline. It's critical that students make every effort to be at school on time as entering a class after it has started can disrupt the learning process for the entire class. 

Tardy Policy

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

4th Tardy:  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

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:

  1. All absences, whether truancy, illness, or by parent request, will be recorded by the teacher and attendance officer.
  2. Absences for school-sponsored, approved, or related activities will not count against your attendance record.
  3. All work missed for absences because of school-sponsored, approved, or related activities must be made up.
  4. Parents will be notified in writing two times, once when you have accumulated five (5) absences, the second when you have accumulated ten (10) absences. The 10-day letter informs parents that they will be receiving an attendance appeal, which needs to be returned signed by parent/guardian.
  5. Parents may be asked to have their doctor verify in writing the cause for excessive absences, as students are not expected to come to school when they are ill.

Excused Absences

Absences are excused if they are a result of:

  • Illness
  • Death in the immediate family
  • Emergency medical or dental attention
  • Absences approved in advance by the principal or vice principal

While absences may be preapproved and considered “excused”, they still count against the required number of days a student must attend school by law.  A note or a telephone call from your parent must verify absences.

Unexcused Absences

Absences are not excused if they are a result of:

  • Truancy
  • Suspension
  • Missing the bus
  • Cutting a class in order to make up work in another class
  • Working/Babysitting/Shopping 
  • Expected absences, which are not pre-arranged and approved for the date of the absence.

Absences not verified by a note or phone call from the parent must be confirmed with the attendance secretary no later than three days after the student returns to school. Students will be marked as truant when such notification is not provided. Unexcused absences can result in disciplinary action.

Attendance Appeals

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.  Failure to complete the attendance appeal will result in loss of credit.

Student Release from School

Parents are required to sign you out for an early dismissal. The adult will be asked for a picture I.D. This policy is enforced to ensure your safety.  Students 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 or in Infinite Campus as a responsible party, the school will not allow you to leave with that person. 

Truancy Policy

Truancies are unexcused absences for all or part of a school day.  Because students are required by law to attend all classes to which they have been assigned, unexcused or unauthorized absences from school, individual classes, before or after school assignments such as detention or classroom make-up, are considered truancies.  It is illegal to be truant in Nevada (NRS 392.210.)  In addition, students who have 3 or more truancies are considered habitual truants (NRS 392.140[1]).  The following Truancy

Review Board process of notification, consultation and consequences is designed to curtail truancy.

  • 1st Truancy - Parents will be notified in writing of the truancy and provided a copy of this Policy by mail.
  • 2nd Truancy - Student will have a conference with the site administrator, counselor, or attendance secretary.  Disciplinary action is possible. Parents will be notified in writing of the truancy and provided a copy of this Policy by mail.
  • 3rd Truancy - Student will be considered “Habitual truant” per NRS 392.140. Parents will be notified by certified mail of the truancy and provided a copy of this Policy. This notification will indicate that the next truancy will require that the parent or guardian and student have a School Attendance Review Board Hearing.
  • 4th Truancy - Upon the 4th truancy, parent or guardian will be notified through the Douglas County School District’s Dropout Prevention Specialist by certified mail of the time and place of their School Attendance Review Board Hearing.  The School Attendance Review Board Hearing will be conducted by the Dropout Prevention Specialist of the Douglas County School District.