**STUDENTS, DESPITE THEIR AGE, MAY NOT WRITE THEIR OWN ATTENDANCE NOTES**
When writing an absent note please be sure to include:
- the student’s full name (first and last)- no nicknames please
- the date(s) of the absence
- the reason for the absence
- parent/guardian printed name and daytime phone number so that we can call you if we have any questions
- parent/guardian signature and date
Attendance/Tardiness/Early Dismissal/Late Arrival
Today’s employers rate attendance and dependability as critically important for success. At Sussex Tech, we believe a positive work habit displayed in school will carry over into the world of work. Good attendance habits learned in high school lead to good attendance habits at work and increased job success.
- Students who accumulate 16 days of absences may have their credit denied.
- Students who have accumulated 16 days of absences are required to have a hearing. Parents will be notified by mail and by phone.
- Students are allowed to accumulate an unlimited number of absences that are documented with medical or legal notes. Legal excuses are defined as an illness certified by a doctor’s note, death in the family with submission of a funeral card or obituary, and legal business as supported by court documentation.
- If a student is unexcused tardy 2 times to either school or class during a marking period, he/she will receive disciplinary consequences. Any subsequent tardiness to school or class will receive additional disciplinary consequences.
- If a student accumulates 8 or more non-legal/non-medical excused lates/tardies, not including school activities, during the school year to the same period, he/she will receive disciplinary consequences. Any subsequent non-legal/non-medical excused tardiness to school or class will result in additional disciplinary consequences.
- If a student accumulates 8 or more non-legal/non-medical early dismissals, not including school activities, during the school year from the same period, he/she will receive disciplinary consequences. Any subsequent non-legal/non-medical early dismissals will result in additional disciplinary consequences.
- Students who have been hospitalized and have appropriate documentation for the school nurse will not have those days counted toward credit denial. Students who are medically excused for 10 or more consecutive days may qualify for homebound instruction. (Contact an Assistant Principal for details on homebound instruction.)
- In-school suspension students are counted as present. Out-of-school suspensions are not counted as absences for credit denial purposes.
- Prior to taking a family vacation, students will need to complete a family trip form. All teachers must include current grade and signature. The form is then signed off by a school administrator, attendance officer, and student’s parent/guardian before returning it to the attendance office.
Credit Denial Appeal Process:
To appeal denial of credit, the parent/guardian must contact the school within 5 school days of receipt of the credit denial letter. Denial of credit appeal for absences is at the Principal’s appeal level only.
Physical Education Excuses:
Requests must be given to the school nurse at the beginning of the day prior to first period class.
Students leaving school before the close of the school day must have a written excuse from their parent/guardian stating the reason and time for that dismissal and the expected return time. Excuses must include a phone number where a parent/guardian can be reached, must be signed by the parent/guardian, and must be presented to the office BEFORE first period.
Students will be allowed unlimited legal early dismissals from school for the following reasons: medical or dental appointments and court appearances. These dismissals must be documented with medical appointment cards or court papers.
If students cannot be picked up by their parent/guardian, the student must present a note to the attendance officer from the parent/guardian stating the name and relationship of the person picking up the student. In the case of an emergency, permission may be obtained by phone by the student’s supervising principal and a note verifying contact with the parent/guardian will be presented to the attendance officer. Person(s) picking up the student, including a parent or legal guardian, must present proof of identity. Student drivers will leave for an early dismissal by their own transportation following the above guidelines for an early dismissal.
Unexpected early dismissal? Due to legal and safety reasons, students will not be released to ANYONE other than a parent or guardian until school staff have verified parental permission.