Attendance


Attendance Office:

(847) 718-7772 or (847) 718-7775

Attendance Office Hours:

Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A 24-hour voicemail is also available. Please leave your student's name, ID number, date and reason for the absence.

Philosophy

(ref. Board Policy Section 7:70)
The Board of Education authorizes the administration to develop and enforce procedures, which ensure regular student attendance and accurate accounting for student absences. Attendance at school is required by state law. Being in the classroom, doing the assigned work, and contributing to the class, all on a regular basis are important to success in school. Only in the classroom can the student take full advantage of fellow classmates’ ideas, the teacher’s explanations, and other material that enriches the class.

Attendance Codes

Excused Absences

  • PEX = Excused parental absence for illness, medical & dental appointment
  • LTE = Tardy, arrives to class within the first fifteen minutes without a pass
  • MED = Excused absence for illness, written documentation from doctor/dentist
  • EXE = Excused absence by parent request, non-medical reasons
  • ADM = Absence excused by Administration/school personnel
  • FT = Absence due to participation in an approved field trip
  • VAC = Vacation
  • HOM = Homebound

Unexcused Absences

  • CUT = Class cut
  • UNV = Absence is not accounted for, unauthorized within 48 hours
  • OSS = Absence due to out-of-school suspension
  • ISS = Absence due to in-school suspension
  • Unauthorized Absences
  • UNA = Did not follow procedures

After two unauthorized "UNA" absences in any class, subsequent unauthorized absences will be designated as unexcused, and the student will move to the appropriate step on the attendance policy.

Excused Absences

If student is absent from school, his or her parents need to call the attendance office by 10:00 am on the day of the absence, if at all possible. Authorized calls will be accepted by the attendance office up to 10:00 am the following day after the absence. After 10:00am the next day, the absence will be considered as an unauthorized absence. Failure of a parent to call will result in the absence being considered unexcused. An unexcused absence will result in a non-credit day.  Appeals may be made to the student’s assigned clinician.

Examples of excused absences include, but are not limited to:

  • Personal illness or other physical disablement (Note * section below)
  • Illness or death in the student’s family
  • Family emergency
  • Religious observances
  • Court appearances
  • Medical/Dental appointments (Follow prescribed procedures below)
  • Permission from Nurse to go home
  • Field Trip (Follow prescribed procedures below)
  • Student Services division approved activity
  • Administrator conference

Other specific excuses dependent on the judgment of the administrator/s or designees.

Excused absences allow for full make-up privileges, including a reasonable amount of help from teachers. The student must take the initiative for securing any work missed during an excused absence.

Pre-Arranged Absences.

When it is necessary for a student to be absent from school, and this is known in advance, a parent/guardian should notify the Attendance office prior to the date of the absence, indicating the reason for the absence and its duration.

Late Arrival.

When arriving late, it is necessary for the student’s parent to call the Attendance Office and state the reason for the student being late. The student then must sign in at the attendance office. 

Period Absences.

Period absences must be accounted for by the supervising teacher or staff member. It is the student’s responsibility to see that this occurs at the time of the absence by obtaining a pass from the teacher or staff member with whom they spend the class period. If there is a discrepancy in the student’s attendance, the student must see the classroom teacher.

Leaving School During the School Day

When it is necessary for a student to leave during the school day, a parent call is required in the Attendance Office PRIOR to the time of the student’s departure. We are unable to allow the student to leave the campus without verbal parental authorization. If these procedures are not followed, the student’s absence may be coded as an UNA or UNV. Continued disregard for the procedure will result in disciplinary action.

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