Absence & Tardy Policy
Arriving at School
School begins at 7:55am. Students should arrive no earlier than 7:30am. Students who are late to school must be signed in by their parents/guardians in the main office or elementary entrance.
Excused tardies are expected to be infrequent and/or non-recurring.
Examples of excused tardies:
Unexcused tardiness will result in the following consequences:
Students are considered tardy when they are not in the proper class with all materials necessary for that class period when the bell rings. All tardies will be cumulative for all classes throughout the semester. After 1st period, tardies are a teacher/room discipline issue and will be monitored and managed with the behavior card.
The Arizona Revised Statutes, Section 15-802. School instruction; exceptions; violations; classification; definitions:
Every child between the ages of six and sixteen years shall attend a school...a parent who does not provide instruction in a home school and who fails to enroll or fails to ensure that the child attends a public, private or charter school pursuant to this section is guilty of a class 3 misdemeanor.
State law mandates that the school record a reason for each student absence.
Parents/Guardians must inform the school office of absences either by phone call or note on the day of absence. All absences not verified by parent/guardian or by administrative authorization will remain unexcused.
If a student will be gone for more than three consecutive school days, the parent/guardian must obtain prior approval from the principal. If it is illness related, the parent/guardian must have a doctor’s note verifying the student was unable to attend school. If a student misses ten (10) or more consecutive days without proper school notification by parent/guardian, the student will automatically be withdrawn per state law.
State law requires the regular school attendance of a child of school age. Regular school attendance is essential for success in school; therefore, absences shall be excused only for necessary and important reasons.
The absence will be marked unexcused in the following circumstances:
Unexcused absences will result in disciplinary action.