Attendance Secretary

 Suzanne Geislinger    (719) 234-6001     suzanne.geislinger@asd20.org

Attendance Policy

In order for students to achieve their full potential, they must attend all classes regularly. Attendance is the responsibility of each student, and is reinforced by teachers, parents and the community. Students are expected to be present and on time to all classes. Parent/student conferences will be scheduled with the principal if students repeatedly miss classes. In such cases alternative means to completing the student’s high school education will be considered. In order for students to achieve their full potential, they must attend all classes regularly. Attendance is the responsibility of each student, and is reinforced by teachers, parents and the community. Students are expected to be present and on time to all classes. Parent/student conferences will be scheduled with the principal if students repeatedly miss classes. In such cases alternative means to completing the student’s high school education will be considered.

Excused Absences

The principal is the only person who may approve or excuse absences. Parents are encouraged to discuss the absence with the principal. Questions or concerns about attendance are always encouraged. State law determines the criteria upon which absences are excused (see District 20 Attendance Policy as Defined by State Law in the Student/Parent Handbook). In most cases illness which last longer than 2 sequential school days, or illness that are chronic and repetitive, will require a note from a doctor indicating that the student was too sick to be in school. Doctor’s notes are expected on the day the student returns to school. Parents are expected to notify the school of student absences within 24 hours of the absence.

If a student needs to leave during the school day, the student must notify the attendance clerk. Students coming in late during the day must see the attendance clerk at the front desk to check in. Parents are expected to enter the building to sign their student in and/or out. In the event a student needs to leave for any reason during the school day they must report to the attendance clerk before leaving campus. A parent contact must be made before the student will be released. See District Policy JE.

Pre-arranged Absences

All pre-arranged absences must be approved by the principal at least one (1) week in advance of the absence. If a student anticipates that he or she will miss school, the student should obtain a pre-arranged absence form from the attendance clerk. The principal will take into consideration planner points, attendance and academic standing when considering pre-arranged absence.