Absences, Attendance, Illness, Tardiness, Food Allergies


Absences

To be marked present for the morning, a student must be present for a minimum of 1 hour and 40 minutes between 7:55 A.M. and 11:30 A.M. To be marked present for the afternoon, a student must be in school for a minimum of 1 hour and 20 minutes between 12:10 P.M. and 2:43 P.M.

Parents should phone or email the school regarding an absence by 8:30 A.M. on the day of the absence. If your child must leave school during the day because of a doctor’s appointment, please send a note or email on or before the day of the appointment to the homeroom teacher. We discourage visits to the doctor during the school time but realize that there is sometimes no other alternative. Please come to the office, and we’ll call for your child.

In planning vacations, we urge you to consult the school calendar and to take your vacation during a time when school is not in session. Vacations during the school year are discouraged.

If you must take your vacation during the school year, we urge that it be an educational trip. Since it is extremely difficult to give advance work for more than a couple of days, it will be given at the discretion of the teacher.

Make-up work must be of a high quality in order to be counted. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure make-up work is turned in. Tests that are missed must be made up no later than the second day after returning to school from vacation.

Attendance

The State of Illinois provides by law for the compulsory attendance of all children between the ages of seven and sixteen years. It is the duty of the principal and teachers to insist upon daily attendance. Principals have the obligation to see that the requirements of the law of the State of Illinois are met. Schools keep accurate and daily records of attendance and a summary of these records are kept permanently on file.

Illness

If a student becomes ill during the school day, the parents will be contacted. When it is necessary that the pupil go home, he or she may be picked up at the school office.

Should a child be injured, first aid may be administered by school personnel. Parents will be notified and appropriate action taken. The school is not, however, allowed to dispense internal medicine without parental permission. If a student must receive medication at school, please send a note and the medicine to the principal. Forms are sent to parents in the first brown envelope concerning the administration of medication by school personnel or by students.

Emergency cards are kept on file at the school. If a minor accident takes place (example: scrape or cut) and sending the pupil home is not necessary, school personnel will make an effort to contact the parent at the earliest possible convenience.

If your child contracts a communicable disease, please let the school know immediately so that precautions may be taken. If your child can’t participate in gym or outdoor recess because of medical reasons, he/she will need to have an excuse on file in our office.

Tardiness

Only doctor’s appointments, late bus arrivals, and road closures are an excused tardy. They are not marked on the permanent records. Any other tardy should have a written excuse and must be presented to the office. A student is considered tardy if he/she is not in the classroom for the 7:55 A.M. bell.

Food Allergies

Accommodations will be made for students having food allergies. In conjunction with information provided by a physician, individual student plans will be written and implemented.

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Updated August 24, 2016