Attendance and Absences
ABSENCES AND EXCUSES
Please call the school and request homework between 8:15-9:15 a.m. if your child will be absent. When a student has been absent from school, a note should be sent to the office upon the child’s return. The note must be signed by the parent or guardian. If a child is marked absent, the school will call the home if we have not heard from the family by 9:30 a.m.
When a parent wants a child to be excused from participating in her/his physical education class or other activities after an illness or an injury, the parent or the family physician should write a note to the school nurse and specify when the child may resume normal physical activities.
A school calendar is available so that families can plan vacations to coincide with the closing of school. Although we are aware of the educational advantage children gain from an interesting trip, and we realize that sometimes these opportunities occur at times other than during school vacation periods, we strongly discourage removing children from regularly scheduled class days. If you are going to remove a child at times other than the published vacations, please discuss your plans with the appropriate dean several weeks before your departure. Primary students are asked to write in a journal and read during vacation. Saved work will be available upon return. Middle school students should also contact their individual teachers to arrange for assignment/test make-up coordination. Work should be completed within a week of returning to school. Failure to complete work could jeopardize report card grades and/or promotion to the next grade.
Parents who come to pick up children from the Lower School before dismissal time must ALWAYS come to the office. A child will not be allowed to leave the building and wait outside for the parent. It is vitally important that we know whether or not a student is in the building. Therefore, all students must be signed out by a parent.