Attendance Policy: Attendance at school is important for successful academic progress. Regular attendance is also required by Arkansas State Law 6-18-221. It is important for students to be at school each day and on time.
Under the new Every Student Succeeds Act attendance will play an integral part of each student’s educational performance. The new law defines absenteeism in 3 risk categories:
Low Risk- a student that misses less than 5% of days enrolled. Each school year is 178 days which translates to 0-9 days a year total.
Moderate Risk is a student that misses 5% to 10% of the days enrolled. That translates to 10-18 days absent per year.
High risk or chronic is a student that misses more than 10% of the days enrolled. That translates to more than 18 days per year absent.
ALL absences must be reported to the school office. We do understand that children get sick periodically. Please provide a doctor’s note any time your student is absent. Our attendance committee meets twice a month to check in on our students. Our goal is to have all students in the LOW RISK category.
If students do have excessive absences the following actions will be taken by the school:
At three (3) unexcused absences, parents will be notified including an absent list
At five (5) unexcused absences parent or guardians will be required to attend an attendance meeting in person at the school to discuss their student’s attendance record.
Excessive Absences will be sent to the Juvenile court as educational neglect.
Tardy Policy: All students who arrive after 7:45 are considered tardy. Excessive tardies may be sent to the Juvenile court as educational neglect.
Early Checkouts: No early checkouts after 2:30 unless it is an emergency. This is to safeguard instructional time and increase safety.
Transportation Changes: Transportation changes MUST be made BEFORE 2:30 and must go through the office.
Check Out/In Procedures: Students arriving late or leaving early must check in/out through school personnel located in the front office. Parents picking up their child during the school day are required to come into the front office to sign the student out and must show photo identification. Parents are discouraged from checking students out of school for non-medical reasons. (i.e. lunches, haircuts, etc…) Students will not be allowed to check out from school with ANY PERSON that is not listed on their EMERGENCY/PROFILE CARD. Any student arriving at school later than 7:45 a.m. must be checked in by a parent or legal guardian in the front office. Check-outs during school hours will require a photo I.D.