PHS Attendance Overview
Perry Attendance Office Hours: 6:25 am- 3:30 pm M-F
Perry High School Attendance Policies - Per Student Handbook
High School administration, faculty and staff encourage students to be at school on time every day. Student attendance closely matches student academic achievement. Students who are absent from school miss the introduction of new material, interactions with peers in discussions, activities and presentations. The attendance policy is intended to involve parents, to teach students responsibility and to provide for optimum instruction and academic accountability. Administration may require medical documentation for excessive or habitual absences.
A. Tardy To Class
Students are expected to be seated in their classrooms ready to begin class work prior to the late bell. A one-minute warning bell signals the students to get to class quickly. A tardy is defined as “not being in an assigned seat when the late bell rings”. Teachers will assign the student to After School Detention (ASD) for the following day. Teachers may also fill out a referral form, have the student sign the form, call home to notify the parents of the referral and submit the referral to the grade level administrator. The administrator will take disciplinary action. Parents may call to excuse a tardy student up to 3 times per semester. For any further tardies, parents must sign in their student at the attendance desk to excuse the tardy.
Absences can be defined as excused or unexcused:
1. Excused Absences
A parent or legal guardian must call the attendance office within 24 hours of the absence to officially excuse students from school or particular periods of classes during the day. When a parent brings or picks up a student, he/she must be signed in/out at the attendance office. If a student needs to leave campus during school hours, he/she must go to attendance before school to get a pass, pending parent verification. No student will be permitted to leave campus without a pass from attendance.
Students are responsible for making arrangements with their teachers to complete make-up work for excused absences. The make-up work must be completed with the same amount of time after returning as the class periods absent from class (for example, allow two class periods to complete make-up work for two class periods of absences).
Excused absences include, but are not limited to: individual illness or health conditions, serious illness in the immediate family (documentation required), religious holidays, death in the immediate family, school sanctioned activities, and medical and dental appointments (documentation required).
2. Unexcused Absences
Unexcused absences are considered truancies. If a student misses only one period, the unexcused absence will be considered as ditching class, and the student will be referred to administration. While parents may be aware of these circumstances, the absence will remain unexcused for attendance purposes. Work cannot be made-up for credit for unexcused absences. A parent/guardian phone call will not be justification as an excused absence.
The following actions will be taken after 7 absences per semester and after 10 consecutive absences:
1. Seven Absences
After 7 class period absences (excluding documented illness) per semester, the student may be placed on an attendance contract, dropped from the class to an alternative program, or dropped from the class with an “F”.
2. Ten Consecutive Absences
After 10 consecutive days of absences per semester, the state requires schools to automatically withdraw the student.
Additional disciplinary measures may be taken against students who are habitually tardy.
D. Sign-Out Policy
Students are not permitted to leave school without permission; Perry High School is a closed campus.
We do not accept phone calls for early dismissal of a student. A parent/guardian must go to the Attendance Office and sign the student out of school. Parent/guardian must show picture ID in order to pick up a student. Anyone other than the parent/guardian on campus to pick up a student must be listed on emergency information for emergency medical situations only. We must have it in writing to allow students to leave with anyone other than a parent/guardian in a non-emergency situation.
E. Homework /Make-up work Policy
Students are responsible for making arrangements with their teachers to complete make-up work for excused absences or suspensions. Make-up work must be completed with the same amount of time after returning as the class periods absent from class (for example, allow two class periods to complete make-up work for two class periods of absences).