The Center School Attendance
We miss your student when they are gone and we value their contributions to our school community. And, research has shown that attending school regularly and arriving on time helps students feel better about school—and themselves. When students improve their attendance rates, they also improve their academic prospects and chances of graduating on time.
If your student is arriving to school or class late, they must stop by the Attendance Office to get a pass admitting them to class.
Attendance Procedures for Students
Students, it is your responsibility to keep track of your attendance. You may look on The Source for current attendance information.
Note: Students living on their own need to contact their administrator to establish the attendance procedures.
How to Excuse an Absence or Tardy
You must excuse absences or tardies with a written parent note, parent email, or parent call/voicemail within 72 hours (3 days). Be sure to include the date, student’s name, and REASON for tardy or absence.
Notes that do not have a legitimate REASON will be considered unexcused.
If your student is returning from an absence, they must turn in a note and contact Ms. Webb within 3 school days to excuse the absence. Please allow 24 hours to process a request.
How to Submit a Pre-Planned Absence
If you will be gone on a pre-planned event, make sure you fill out a Pre-planned Absence Form and have teachers sign this. The form must be completed and submitted at least three days prior to the absence.
The pre-planned absence form is for absences of at least 2 days (use a note for shorter absences).
School Initiated Pre-Planned Absence (i.e. Field Trips)
Activities such as field trips require a pre-planned absence form. Students should obtain a pre-arranged absence form from the teacher in charge of the field trip to notify their teachers of their absence and arrange for makeup work, if required. The pre-arranged absence form should be completed and returned to the teacher three days prior to the absence. The teacher turns in the completed forms to the Attendance Office 3 days before the activity.
End of Year Pre-Planned Absence
If you will be gone on a pre-planned event at the end of the school year, make sure you fill out a Pre-Planned End of School Year ONLY Absence Form and have your teachers sign this agreement and return the completed form to your Attendance Secretary at least three school days before your last day of school this year.
Note from Teacher – If you come from another classroom with a note, show the note to the teacher and then bring the note to the Attendance Office. This ensures that your absences will be excused. Teachers can only mark Absent or Late in the attendance system. They cannot excuse the absent or late status, only the Attendance Office can do this.
If you are more than 15 minutes late to a class, you will be marked absent.
Students MUST have authorized parent/guardian permission AND school permission to leave school for an outside appointment or an illness during the school day.
Students must present a written note to the Attendance Secretary on the day of the appointment or get permission from their administrator prior to leaving school.
Students leaving school without permission will be marked absent and the absence will be unexcused. Early dismissals will not be excused after the fact.
For late arrivals to school, a written excuse from parent/guardians is required within 3 school days. Students with/without written excuses should report directly to the Attendance Secretary to sign in and get a pass to class.