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ATTENDANCE at RFHS

Table of Contents:

  • Attendance Goals
  • Prearranged Absences
  • Late arrival/Early Dismissal from class
  • School Excused Activities
  • Excused VS Unexcused Absences
  • Consequences for Unexcused Absences and Tardies
  • Positive Attendance
  • Commitments to the Goal
  1. Attendance Goals

Good attendance is not only a positive habit to develop for future success but it is also an indicator of academic success in high school. We must work together with students and families in order to emphasize the importance of good attendance. In order to accomplish this we have established as a goal: “to maintain an average daily attendance (ADA) of at least 92% for our student population”. We strongly encourage parents to have their children in school and on time every school day of the year. Naturally, extenuating circumstances exist which may require students to occasionally miss a class or day of school for health or family issues. However, we would like accountability to be high for each student to increase their Executive Skills and therefore have developed a system to redirect behaviors that will negatively affect their future success. The following information is intended to clarify for parents the procedures for handling attendance issues for their students.

  1. Pre-arranged Absences

The pre-arranged absence requires students to obtain an official school pre-arranged form from the attendance assistant in the front office. It is the responsibility of the student to fill in their portion of the form and then see each teacher whose classes will be missed during the absence. Each teacher will note any assignments that are required to be completed during the student’s absence, any additional reading that needs to be done, and any tests/quizzes that may be missed. Teachers may ask students to do assignments prior to their absence.  Once teacher information has been noted, students must obtain the signature of the assistant principal and leave a copy of the completed form in the main office.

  1. Late Arrival or Early Dismissal from Class

Late Arrival:

Students who will be entering a class after it has begun are required to bring a note to the front office from their parent or guardian. The note should state the reason for their being tardy. This note will be kept in the office as an official record and the student will be issued a school admittance note stating the reason, whether the admittance is excused or unexcused and the time the student checked in at the main office. In lieu of a note, parents may call the attendance assistant with the information. However, students must still report to the office to pick up a class admittance note.

Early Dismissal:

Students who need to leave classes early are required to bring a note to the front office from their parent or guardian. The note should state the reason for dismissal and the time the student needs to be dismissed. This note will be kept in the office as an official record and the student will be issued a school dismissal note to be given to the appropriate teacher. In lieu of a note, parents may call the attendance assistant with the information. However, students must still report to the office to pick up a dismissal note to give to the classroom teacher.

  1. School Sponsored Activities

Parents do not need to notify the attendance secretary of their child’s absence due to school sponsored activities. The school’s athletic director or teacher leading the activity will provide the attendance office with a list of students who will be missing classes. Students do not need to get a pre-arranged absence form for these activities BUT are still responsible for classwork and homework assigned during the activity absence.

  1. Excused VS Unexcused Absences

An unexcused absence (a class missed without being excused by a parent, teacher or school administrator) results in a detention to be served during lunch within a week of the absence. Students who do not serve their assigned detention are subject to further school discipline up to and including suspension from school (see Consequences for Unexcused Absences)

The ONLY absences which will be excused are:

  1. Consequences for Unexcused Absences and Tardies
  • For the first five minutes, students will be sent straight to their classes. Teachers will hold students for an extra five minutes or have the students do a task in order to make it up.
  • After the first five minutes, students NEED a pass to get into your class.

Lunch Detentions:

  • Will be held in Ms. Keery’s room
  • Teachers with lunch duty will monitor and will update the list to have accurate records for the Attendance Secretary
  1. Positive Attendance

For those students who are helping RFHS achieve our attendance goal, there are two positive consequences for their healthy choices:

  • Advisory competitions: highest rate of attendance (ADA) per advisory wins a prize at the end of each semester
  • Students with perfect attendance are rewarded for their good Executive Skills
  1. Commitments to the Attendance Goal

In order to achieve this goal, all stakeholders at RFHS will need to commit to doing their part in order to accomplish it.

  • Students will:  make an effort to attend every day on time unless excused (See excused absences)
  • Parents will: ensure that students are attending everyday on time and can check the Infinite Campus Portal to make sure. Parents will also help us attain our goal by adhering to the excused absence policy.
  • Teachers will: Accurately take attendance within the first ten minutes of each class period and will talk with those in their Advisory about it. Teachers will also do lunch/detention duty to hold students accountable
  • Attendance Secretary/Family Liaison will: update Infinite Campus daily, make the Detention List, deliver the detention slips, advise administration if a student has earned Student Court or an ISS and create and update a competition board that has the entire school’s weekly ADA and the ADA every two weeks for each Advisory class
  • The Counseling Office will: help parents get logged onto the Infinite Campus Parent Portal and reset forgotten passwords
  • Assistant Principal will: administer ISS, host parent meetings and ensure that the verdict of Student Court is upheld
  • Principal will: oversee the process
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