Absences and Tardies

  • ABSENCES

    If your child is going to be absent for any reason, please email Stacy Ratekin and the classroom teacher by 8:30 a.m. and indicate the reason. If your child is not feeling well, please keep him/her at home until symptoms have disappeared and he/she has been fever-free for 24 hours. The following reasons are considered acceptable reasons to be absent or tardy:

    1. Illness - verified by phone, email, or parent note

    2. Professional appointments - doctors, dentists, professional counseling

    3. Quarantine

    4. Immunization

    5. Appearance in court

    6. Observance of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion

    7. Funeral services for a member of the immediate family

    Limit of one day within California or three days out of state

    Immediate family includes mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, brother, sister, or any relative living in the immediate household of the student

    EXTENDED ABSENCES

    If your child is ill or away from school for any reason, it is expected that the missed work be made up. When a student is absent for more than two days,the parent may request the homework assignment by calling the school office. The secretary will inform the teacher of the request. Please allow 24 hours to prepare the assignment.

    LEAVING SCHOOL EARLY

    If you must pick up your child before the end of the school day, please inform the child’s teacher in advance. Please come to the office to sign out your child, and we will call for your child to come down to the office. Please do not go to the classroom. This will interrupt instruction for all of the students.

    TARDIES

    The basic philosophy of North School embraces the importance of student-teacher contact time. Five minutes of tardiness each day adds up to nearly one half hour per week. After a one-month period, this totals nearly two hours. Student tardiness means teacher repetition of directions, lessons, and information, causing lost time for the entire class. To help our students clearly see the importance of morning promptness at school, please be aware of the following guidelines:

    When the 8:25 a.m. warning bell rings, all children should be on their way to their classrooms. School begins at 8:30 a.m.

    Arriving after 8:30 a.m., the child needs to report to the office to receive a tardy slip from the school secretary.

    The state attendance policy requires an adult to sign in a student who is late before the child may enter his/her class.