Attendance Policy


The main office opens at 7:25 am. All students arriving prior to this time will need to enter near the lunchroom/media center East bldg. door. All doors are locked at all times. Entry will only be through the front doors with a photo ID. A tardy pass is given when a student is not in their seat at 7:55 am ready to begin their day. Students will not be able to enter their classroom without a pass.

Parents should notify the school if their child is going to be absent or late. If the school has not been contacted by 9:30 am, a robo District call will automatically be sent. Attendance at school is vital to a child’s educational experience. It is important for a child to attend school every day unless he/she is sick. To ensure safety, students are never permitted to go home alone during  school hours. 

The School Board of Lee County believes that regular and punctual school attendance is crucial for a student’s academic success. Parents are responsible for their child’s daily school attendance. All rules will be followed in accordance with School Board Policy 4.16 Student Attendance.

Here are excerpts of the policy that everyone must follow:

*Early Sign-Outs are defined as a parent or guardian signing out a child before the end of the school day. No student shall be released after 1:30 pm unless the Principal/designee determines it is an emergency. Excessive early sign-outs will be addressed on a case by case basis to determine if there is a pattern of non-attendance. Unless excused under the provisions of this policy, accumulated early sign-outs will be recorded as unexcused absences. The School Social Worker will work with families and administration to reduce student tardiness and absences.  


Excused Absences – Excused absences may be due to:


  • Illness or injury of the child or the child’s family member which requires hospitalization or bed rest.
  • Infectious disease or parasitic infestation
  • Physician or dentist appointment
  • Funeral service, memorial service , or bereavement upon death of the child’s family member
  • Life-threatening illness or injury of the child’s family member
  • Compliance with a court order. (visitation, subpoena)
  • Special educator or related services as defined in 10 U.S.C. 1401 (2004) for child’s disability
  • Observance of a religious holiday or service, because the family’s religion forbids secular activity on the instructional day

Unexcused Absences- Absences not excused as defined above, are considered unexcused.

Make-up work for credit and grade is allowed for all excused absences. Immediately upon return to school, the student will be given the number of days absent plus one additional  day to make up all the worked missed. 

Tardiness is defined as a student not being in the classroom when the class is scheduled to begin. Parents must follow the same process to excuse a tardy as they do to excuse an absence. Unless excused under the provisions of this policy, accumulated tardiness will be recorded as unexcused absences. Three tardies will equal one absence.

Non-attendance - If the student exhibits a pattern of non-attendance (excused or unexcused), the Principal may request documentation for subsequent absences. Non-attendance for instructional activities is established by excessive tardiness (6 or more), early sign outs, or absences for all or any part of the day. Absences, excessive tardies or early sign-outs may result in the following interventions:

  • A parent and/or student conference with the Principal/designee
  • A referral to the Child Study Team, Attendance Review Committee, and/or Social Worker



Students shall not be treated differently with regard to attendance on the basis of their  race, color, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or religion. Review the  entire policy: