Sequoia Schools Attendance Policy
Daily school attendance and punctuality are essential for the continuous progress and academic success of each child. A child is expected to attend school on-time each day unless he or she must miss for one of the following reasons:
- Illness; doctor, dentist, or counselor appointment; or contagious circumstance
- Death in the immediate family
- Family emergency
- Family vacations that cannot be scheduled during school holidays or weekends.
- Religious holiday
For each child’s safety and to avoid an Unexcused Absence on the child’s record, a parent or guardian should notify school office personnel prior to any planned school absence and by 9:00 AM on the morning of an absence necessitated by illness or family emergency. Any absence not excused within 24 hours will be considered Unexcused. All absences are considered unexcused until a parent or guardian excuses them.
Assignments missed on account of an Unexcused Absences may not be made up.
Students missing 10 consecutive days will be withdrawn from the school (chronic illness, suspension, or other extenuating circumstances may warrant an exception at the principal’s discretion). Students missing more than 9 days a semester may be subject to academic consequences up to and including retention in their current grade level or the withholding of credit.
A child arriving late to school must present a note of explanation from his or her parent or guardian and be duly admitted into the school according to the school’s procedures. Students planning to leave early must have parent or guardian consent and be duly exited from the school according to the school’s procedures before they leave the school campus.
If a student is consistently absent or tardy the school will implement the following procedures:
- The teacher or school office personnel will call the parent.
- The teacher or school office personnel will notify the parent in writing when a student has missed more than 4 days in a quarter.
- The principal, teacher, or their delegate will initiate a visit by school personnel or local law enforcement agency.
- If steps 1-3 yield no results a Student Study Team will meet to determine the student’s welfare.
- If a student is tardy more than 3 times, appropriate discipline will be implemented.
George Washington Academy Adaptation to the Above Policy
Regular attendance is one of the most important factors determining a student’s success or failure in school. Daily attendance is the responsibility of the individual student and his/her parent or guardian. Teachers are willing to assist students who must miss school for legitimate reasons. However, teachers are not expected to devote extra time and effort to assisting students who are not making an effort to attend and initiate the making up of missed work.
Students are expected to be in class and on time each day. The state of Arizona requires all students to be in attendance for at least 90% of the school year. At GWA, 15 days equals 10% of the school year. More than 15 days absent results in a student being truant. Truancy is punishable by law and may result in a student with excessive absences being retained.
If there are extenuating circumstances that affect a child’s ability to attend, the parent/guardian must arrange an attendance conference with the principal so the issue can be discussed and resolved appropriately. The deciding factor in a decision to apply “No Credit” for a class may be the amount of effort the student exhibits to keep all assignments caught up. If there is to be an extended absence, parents may request that missed assignments be available for them to pick up. Teachers are always allowed 24 hours to gather the necessary materials