Absent, Late Arrival, or Early Dismissal Policies and Procedures
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Absence, Late Arrival, or Early Dismissal Notification
If your child will be absent, arriving late, or leaving early from school, please notify us by using the attendance form that you can fill out online and send to us electronically (this can be submitted in English or Spanish), by email at [email protected], or by phone (703-506-7800 during office hours | 703-506-7878 - after 4:30 p.m.)
Families of students not reported absent by 9:30 a.m. will be notified of the absence.
Virginia State Law
Virginia State law requires that each student who is absent from school must be reported each time by a responsible person. An excused absence is one for which parents/guardians have prior knowledge, consent, and a legitimate reason. Legitimate reasons include: illness of the student, death in the family, and observance of a religious holiday. Absences for family and student vacations are unexcused. According to School Board Regulation 2234, after the fifth unexcused absence, the school is to refer the student to the attendance officer.
Dental and Medical
Dental and medical appointments are excused; however, we ask that such appointments be kept to a minimum during the instructional day. If a child must leave early for a medical or dental appointment, parents are requested to send a note in advance and must sign the child out in the office at the appropriate time. To protect instructional time, students will not be called to the office until a parent arrives at school to pick them up. Please allow sufficient time for your child to get to the office in order for you to arrive on time to your scheduled appointment.
Absences for family and student vacations are unexcused. Students are responsible for completing any missed assignments. Teachers will provide the student and parent or guardian with missed work but are not obligated to provide assignments prior to family or student vacations.
Student Late Arrival
Students arriving at school late must first report to the office for correction of attendance records. Car riders arriving late should be accompanied into the office by a parent/guardian. The first bell rings at 9:15 a.m. Teachers begin the instructional day at 9:20 a.m. Students who arrive in their classroom after 9:20 a.m. will be marked late. Students who are repeatedly late in a school year will have a letter placed in their school file. If the student continues to be late a meeting with the principal, counselor, student, and parent will be held to discuss the situation.
Release of Student
If a child must leave early, parents are requested to send a note in advance and must sign the child out in the office at the appropriate time. The note should specify the name of the adult picking up the child if it is not the parent. To protect instructional time, students will not be called to the office until a parent arrives at school to pick them up. Please allow sufficient time for your child to get to the office and for you to arrive on time to your scheduled appointment.
We will not release any child to any adult other than the parent/guardian or persons listed on the emergency care form. Students may be released to either parent unless prohibited by a court order. If restricted custody has been legally established, a parent must furnish a copy of the custody order to be kept on file in the school office.