Attendance Policy

Good attendance is essential to the success of students.  Excessive absenteeism or frequent tardiness hinders student academic progress and is strongly discouraged.  According to the Missouri Compulsory Attendance Law:  "Every parent, guardian or other person in this state having charge, control, or custody of a child between the ages of seven and sixteen years shall cause the child to attend school regularly."  Allowing a student to be excessively absent from school may constitute educational neglect on the part of the parent/guardian, which may result in a report to the appropriate agencies.

Excessive Absence The following procedures will be followed:

  1. When a student has missed 3 days, a letter will be sent out from the district notifying the parent/guardian.

  2. When a student has missed 5 days, and the parent has not notified the school of the reason for the absences, a meeting of the parent/guardian and the teacher team will be held to develop a plan for improving attendance, this meeting will be set up by Dr. Conyac.

  3. When a student has missed 6 or more days, and the parent has not notified the school of the reason for the absences, a letter will be sent to the Prosecuting Attorney, the local Juvenile Officer will be notified,  and the parent/guardian will be hotlined, if the parent has not made contact with the district regarding the absence.  Additional letters will be sent to the above parties and the parent/guardian at 8, 10, & 12 days.

  4. After 14 days of absence, and the parent has not notified the school of the reason for the absences, students will be required to attend Summer School in the Alternative Classroom.

Excessive Tardies Tardies are defined as both late arrival and early departure from school.  The following procedures will be followed to address excessive tardies:

  1. When a student has reached 5 tardies, a letter will be sent out from the district notifying the parent/guardian.

  2. When a student has reached 8 tardies, a meeting of the parent/guardian and teacher team will be held to develop a plan for improving tardies, this meeting will be set up by Dr. Conyac.

  3. When a student has reached 10 tardies, a letter will be sent to the Prosecuting Attorney and the local Juvenile Officer will be notified.

  4. Students will serve after school detention from 3:30 - 4:30pm after they have reached 10 tardies.  

  5. Tardy detention will be one day a week and the parent will be notified in advance.  NO CHARGERTIME SERVICE WILL BE ALLOWED FOR STUDENTS SERVING DETENTION.

Report of Absence In the event of absence, the parent/guardian is asked to call the school (858-6743) the morning of the absence between 8:00-9:00 a.m. and give the following information:

1.  Student's name and grade level

2.  Reason for absence

3.  Expected date of return

Should the school not receive a call the School Resource Officer will call to verify the absence.  It is helpful to bring a Dr. note when students have been at an appointment.

Make-Up Work

Elementary students will have their make-up work arranged and assigned at the convenience of the teacher. After receipt of the schoolwork, the student will have one (1) make-up day for each day of absence..

Late Arrival

Late arriving students will CHECK-IN with the office before going to class.

Late Start Mondays Every Monday, school will begin at 9:20 a.m.  Buses will run one and a half hours later on Mondays, and breakfast will be served as students arrive.  Parents may drop students off on Mondays at anytime between 7:00 a.m.  and  9:20 a.m.

Checkout Procedures

If a student leaves school during the school day, a parent/guardian must check him/her out in the office.  The office will call the student.  Parents are encouraged to make dental, medical and other appointments after school hours.  

Perfect Attendance

Perfect attendance will entitle students to participate in special periodic activities and be eligible for prizes or drawings.  Perfect attendance is defined as no absences and no tardies.

Withdrawal from School

If your children should withdraw from school, it will be necessary for you to check with the school to make sure all bills are paid and that all library books and textbooks have been checked in.  When the student completes this process, his or her transcripts will be forwarded to the next school.