Absences and Attendance
Regular school attendance is essential for a student to make the most of his or her education – to benefit from teacher-led and school activities, to build on the previous day’s learning and to grow as an individual. Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student’s mastery of the instructional materials; therefore, the parent should make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences.
Signing Your Student Out
If your student needs to leave campus after the school day has officially started, you will need to come in to the front office to check him / her out. Please be prepared to show your ID for your student’s safety. If you send a friend or family member to pick up your student, the person must be on your student’s emergency contact list. You can contact our registrar, Madeline Sheppard (firstname.lastname@example.org) to have the person added. This email must come from the email address we have on file for your student and include the following information – student name, birthdate of student, person’s name to be added and their contact phone number.
Please fill out the student sign in / out log completely. This information will include your student’s name, your signature, time out and reason. If your student returns to campus the same day, please sign in on the same line that you signed him / her out.
Students signed out before 9:30 am will incur an absence for the day. Please keep in mind that when you sign your student out, this does not qualify as a parent note.
Focus Parent Portal
If you feel your student has received an absence that is a mistake, please contact your student’s teacher. The teacher will then contact the Registrar with a correction or explain why the student received the absence. This request must be made within 1 week of the absence that you are inquiring about.
You can determine which day has the absence by logging on to the Focus Parent Portal and selecting the Absences tab. This will show you the date the absence occurred. It also shows you the code and what the code means.
If you are not on the Focus Parent Portal, it is highly recommended that you sign up for it. To check on your status for access, please contact Madeline Sheppard, Rowe Lane Registrar.