Excellent attendance is highly valued at East High School. Because excellent student attendance is correlated to high levels of student learning, we encourage students to be in every class, on time, every day of the school year.
The school will contact parents regarding student attendance problems and will respond with the appropriate consequences when non-attendance becomes problematic. Parents can request their student’s attendance report in the Attendance Office and an attendance report can be obtained from the student’s Infinite Campus account.
To excuse an absence:
- Leave a message at on the East Attendance Voice-Mail at 720-423-8343
- Email the East Attendance Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write a paper note within two days of the absence, to be delivered to the East Attendance Office
When possible, it is best to communicate excused absences to the East Attendance Office prior to the absence or the day of the absence. Absences will remain “unexcused” if the request for an excuse is not accepted within two days of the absence.
All “excuses,” either written or verbal must include:
- parent/guardian’s name
- the name and ID number of the student
- the dates(s) of the absence
- the reason for the absence
- a telephone number where the parent can be contacted during the school day.
The absence will remain unexcused if the request for “excused” status is not accepted within two days of the absence.
Absences are approved by the principal for these reasons:
- Doctor’s Appointments
- School Event
Requests for any other reason must be approved by the principal or his/her appointee. Requests for continued excused absences may require a note from a doctor.
When a student has five or more excused days of absence (35 periods) during a six-week time period, the Attendance Secretary shall complete an Attendance Referral the student’s Dean.
An Attendance Referral may be made for one or more periods of unexcused absence (truancy), and will always be made in response to more than seven periods of unexcused absences in any six weeks period. Continued absences will result in the activation of the Attendance Concern Response Process, identified below.
Late to Class
Three unexcused tardies in one class are equal to one unexcused absence. A student will be considered tardy if he or she is not in class when the tardy bell rings.
Attendance Concern Response Process
1-7 unexcused periods of absence in a six week period
- Automatic Phone call and e-mail from IC for unexcused absences
- Possible referral to Dean with appropriate consequences
8 or more unexcused periods of absence in a six week period
After the initial referral to the Dean of Students, successive unexcused absences will result in an increase in the level of consequence
- Referral to Dean of Students
- Student Conference with Dean and/or Counselor (including parent contact)
- Development of Attendance Contract
- Loss of Off-Campus Privilege (including lunch and all other periods)
- Lunch Detention
- Assignment to Saturday School
- In-School Suspension or Alternative (Community Service)
- Parent Conference/Home Visit
- Loss of Privilege to Attend School Athletic and Social Functions
- Assignment of Attendance Mentor
- Referral to Student Intervention Team (S.I.T.)
- Referral to Student Attendance Review Board (S.A.R.B.)
- Referral to Alternative Educational Setting
- Referral to Appropriate Agency for Support
- Truancy Notice
- Filing in Juvenile Attendance Court
When the truant student is under 16 years of age and has accumulated 20 “unexcused” absences during the school year the School Social Worker will automatically evaluate the initiation of judicial proceedings under the Compulsory Attendance Law.
Students who are 16 years and older, who have been absent from school 20 or more consecutive days and who cannot be located, and students who are enrolled in an alternative placement such as day treatment, may be withdrawn from East High School.
Any student who is found off campus while their privileges have been denied will be required to attend the P.A.S.S. room for the remainder of that day. The parent will be contacted and the Dean may decide to revoke the student’s off-campus privilege for the following six-week period.
“Hall Sweeps” occur with the interest of ensuring that students are on time to class for each period. Students who are in the halls after the late bell rings must have hall passes with the teacher’s initials and time written on them. Students who do not have a pass will be sent to the auditorium to check in with a Dean and will be sent directly to class. A letter will be given to students to take home to their parents informing them of the consequences of being tardy.
- 1st Tardy: Students will be directed to the auditorium for processing by the Dean’s office. Students will then be escorted back to class and their parents will be notified via phone call and informed of potential consequences of continued behavior.
- 2nd Tardy: Letter goes home informing parents of policy and must be signed by the parent then returned to the Deans office, room 128 the following day.
- 3rd Tardy: 1 week loss of off-campus privilege, i.e. (lunch detention) call home.
- 4th Tardy: Student will be sent home pending a parent conference.
- 5th Tardy (or more): Loss of off-campus privilege for 6 weeks.
Students may not leave school early without parent/guardian communication to the Attendance Office prior to leaving. Students must check out of school with approval from the Attendance Secretary. If this is not done, students will be marked with unexcused absences for the class periods that they are out of school. Partial-Day Absences for illness will be handled through the Nurse, or the Dean’s Office when the nurse is not available.
Parental Notification of Absences
A computerized “auto-dialer” will place calls to the home of parents when a student has been marked absent. We cannot guarantee that a parent will be the person who answers the telephone when this call is made. To get a specific date and period of absences, parents can call the attendance office at 720-423-8343, or view the student’s Infinite Campus page.
Requests for homework assignments for a student whose extended absence results from illness should be addressed to the Counselor’s Office (720-423-8341). Requests should be made if the absence will be for more than three days. Absences of a shorter duration can be made up by seeing the teachers when the student returns.