The Elementary Grades establish the educational foundations for the students throughout their lives. At GWA, the learning is sequential, particularly in phonics, reading, and math. Any breaks in the sequence have been shown to delay or damage a student’s educational progress. Additionally, a lot of the teaching in the classroom is completely lost as it is teacher-presented (rather than text or workbook driven) and, therefore, difficult to make up. It is the policy of GWA that elementary level students (grade K-6) who are absent 6 or more times in the semester, may be subject to being retained in that grade, especially if grade level work cannot be maintained. We understand that illness absences are excused, but if a child is absent 3 or more days with the same illness, s/he may need to bring a doctor’s/nurse’s note. It is the responsibility of the student, with encouragement from the parent, to make up for lost work. Illnesses that require the student to stay home include rashes, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, or a temperature over 100°. Headaches or a slight temperature of less than 100°, in the absence of other symptoms, do not usually require that a student stay home
GWA must offer 1000 clock hours each year for 7th and 8th grade students. Students are required by state law to attend school on a regular basis. As with our elementary students, 7th and 8th grade students who are absent 6 or more times in a semester may be in danger of losing credit for that class. It is the responsibility of the students to determine which assignments are missing and to make them up.
We understand that there may be rare or unusual extenuating circumstances. These are subject to review by the principal.