December 8th, 2013
The Attendance Desk- x2361
* Students arriving late or leaving early MUST sign in at the front desk and get a pass from the attendance officer.
* When calling to report a student will be late or out of school please include the student's ID number.
* The automated notification system will call and send an email informing parents of unverified absences from class the day before. Absences that are excused within 24 hours will not be included in the messaging system. Please contact the attendance desk with any questions or concerns.
DARIEN HIGH SCHOOL Attendance POLICES
Every student is expected to be in school, on time, every day. The school day at Darien High School begins at 7:40 a.m. and ends at 2:17 p.m.
Upon arriving at school, students are to report to their first class. If students do not have a class in the first time they should then select from the available resources to use their non-scheduled time constructively. (See list on p. 88, "Student Use of Non-Scheduled Time.")
CONTINUITY OF ATTENDANCE
Status as an enrolled student in the Darien Public Schools carries with it an obligation to attend school continuously on all scheduled school days. If a parent voluntarily chooses to send his/her child to specialized training (skiing, skating, equestrian, ballet, acting, etc.) which then prevents the student from attending the normal instructional sessions of any of the Darien Public Schools for significant periods of time (9 or more of the scheduled school days in a marking period), these absences will be considered unexcused absences, and the academic consequences of unexcused absences will be imposed, as outlined in the school handbook. The school principals will oversee the application of this policy. The only other option is for the parent to withdraw the student from Darien Public School enrollment and to make alternate arrangements for the child’s education during these periods of time. In these cases, the parent is solely responsible to make other arrangements for the education of the child. When the parent chooses the option to withdraw his/her child from the Darien Public Schools, in no cases will the Darien Public Schools and its staff be responsible further, either directly or indirectly, for the delivery of educational programs and services at sites away from our school buildings. Any parent who chooses to provide education by other means needs to be aware of school policy regarding the acceptance of transferred academic credits.
BEING LATE TO SCHOOL (TARDINESS)
A warning bell is sounded at 7:35 each morning. Any student who arrives after 7:40 a.m. will be considered late to school. Only when the school is responsible for a student’s being late (i.e. the school bus is late) will tardiness be automatically excused. Only when the student brings an appropriate appointment notice to the Attendance Secretary will a student’s late arrival to school be excused for medical reasons. The school administration will determine if any other unusual circumstances warrant an excused lateness.
REPORTING ABSENCE OR TARDINESS
If a student is going to be absent or tardy, it is the responsibility of the parent to call the attendance secretary (655-3981, ext. 2361) to report that absence or tardiness. We do not accept absence-reporting calls from students. The parent should tell the Attendance Secretary the student’s I.D. number and the reason for the absence or tardiness. The automated notification system will call and send an email informing parents of unverified absences from class the day before. Absences that are excused within 24 hours will not be included in the messaging system. Please contact the attendance desk with any questions or concerns.
Absences will be excused for the following reasons:
The school administration makes final determination of excused absences. Legislation mandates school attendance, so it is not up to parents to decide what will or will not constitute an excused absence. (All absences must be reported or clarified no later than 48 hours) (2 school days) after it has occurred.
Only with prior notification will the following reasons be acceptable for excused absences:
Doctor and/or dental appointments, driver's exam, etc., should be scheduled for after-school hours. If after-school arrangements are impossible, such absences will be excused, only if an appropriate appointment notice from the physician, dentist, etc. is brought to the attendance secretary. On going medical appointments during the school day require prior administrative approval.
UNEXCUSED ABSENCES AND 'X'ING OUT OF COURSES
A student has up to two school days to bring in an excuse for an absence. After that time, all absences are considered unexcused.
Course Withdrawal Policy: Please refer to page 53 of the student handbook
ABSENCES AND PARTICIPATION IN EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Any student who is absent from school or not in school by 10:00 a.m. with an excused absence will NOT be permitted that day to participate in an extra-curricular activity (athletic practice, game, rehearsal, meeting, or performance). Any exceptions to this require administrative approval.
Family vacations should be scheduled in accordance with school vacations. Class time and learning experiences lost for whatever reason have a direct and negative effect on the student’s education. Inexpensive airfares are not an excuse for extended student vacations and may be detrimental to a student's final grade.
Darien High School . 80 High School Lane . Darien, CT 06820
Phone: 203.655.3981 . Fax: 203.656.3631
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