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Regular attendance is a key to academic success and is the responsibility of parents and students. Since much of the learning cannot be made up (e.g., discussions, participation, etc.), students should remain out of school only when absolutely necessary.
Excessive absences are a concern to us and should be to the child's family. A student whose absences total 18 days or more in a school year and whose absences have negatively affected his/her academic progress may be retained. Teachers will inform parents when absences are affecting grades.
What to Do About Absences
When your child is going to be absent from school, the parent/guardian should call the attendance line before 8:30 a.m. to report the absence. When calling in an absence, please state child's name, teacher, grade and reason for absence. It is for your child's protection that this policy exists, and we appreciate your cooperation and support. Homework, if requested, may be picked up in the school office after 2:45 p.m. Students are considered tardy if they arrive at school after 8:15 a.m. The office should be contacted using the attendance hotline or in person by the child's parent or guardian when a child will be arriving late. A child is considered truant if the school is not contacted.
District policy on attendance includes:
- Whenever a student is not present in a classroom, he/she is marked absent
- Excused absences are those validated by parents by phone on the day of the absence or those prearranged by the parents
- Prearrange absences at least two school days in advance of the planned absence or as soon as possible
- Absences due to suspension are considered part of the total absence count
- All other absences are truancies and are subject to disciplinary action
Make Your Day - The Eagle Ridge Way
According to district policy, the student is responsible for obtaining make up assignments and for completing those assignments within prescribed time lines. A student returning from an absence will have an amount of time equivalent to the number of days absent to complete and turn in assignments. For prearranged absences, makeup tests and work should be completed before the absence begins, by the day of return or as individually arranged with the teacher.
Although the Make Your Day program has evolved over the years based on input from students, educators, parents and trainers, the basic philosophy has not changed. It is still based on the original version of the rule that Earl's students thought would be appropriate for them - Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
This rule and these expectations summarize the philosophy of Eagle Ridge Elementary School Make Your Day program. It is based on the premise that every person within the school environment has the right to complete his or her responsibilities without interference from others.
From a student's point of view, this means that they can expect a physically and emotionally safe school environment that is enhanced by a focus on learning. The students are able to communicate directly with those persons who are interfering with their learning in order to bring about change.
Students are encouraged to help each other by communicating politely with the other person when an interfering behavior occurs.
From the teacher's perspective, all behavioral interventions are couched in terms of interfering with another student's rights or with the teacher's right to instruct.
No one has the right to interfere with the learning or safety of others.
Do what is expected and do it the best that you can.