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Lateness and Attendance Policies:


ATTENDANCE POLICY   K-12

The classroom is the center of activity and learning. Regular and punctual attendance is essential for character development.  Because of this it is requested that students not be taken out of school unless absolutely necessary. No student can experience maximum growth without the benefit of all instruction, discussion, and assignments. State law requires regular school attendance. Colleges and prospective employers are interested in the attendance records of their prospects. It is understood that occasionally a student may be absent.  The following is a list of absences that are categorized as legal by New York State:

Middle School / High School
If your child is going to be absent it is the Parents responsibility to CALL the school between 7:30am to 9:30am and notify the office. If you call before school opens please leave a message at ext. 1401. Failure to do so will result in a call from the administration. Frequent failure to call the school will result in a meeting with the administration.

Elementary School
Calling the school to inform us of your child’s absence at ext. 1134 is preferred, however it is not a requirement. You may send a note along with your child the next day they return to school.

Legal Absences

  • personal sickness
  • death in family
  • impassable roads, weather
  • school closings
  • quarantine
  • religious observance
  • requirement to be in court

Excused Absences
Excused absences include legitimate illness, driver’s test, limited prospective college visits, doctor and dentist appointments which cannot be scheduled outside of school hours, family emergencies, etc.

Upon returning to school following any absence, students are required to submit a note from their parents, which contains the date of the absence, the reason for the absence, and the signature of one parent. If the note does not contain the specific reason for the absence or if a note is not submitted to the homeroom teacher by the third day after returning to school, the absence will be considered unexcused.  In cases of unexcused absences, exams will not be made up.

Students are to take full responsibility for making up all work for any legal/excused absence and may expect full cooperation from their teachers.  It is the responsibility of the student to obtain and to do promptly, classwork, tests and quizzes and homework missed during absence. Tests assigned in advance and missed through an absence will be taken by the student the day he returns to school.  Students who are absent are requested to call classmates/ check ed-line to receive homework assignments as well as to make arrangements to pick up textbooks.

Excessive absences are detrimental to a student's overall learning experience.  Therefore, ten absences during a quarter may result in a failing grade for the quarter.  A prolonged illness with consecutive absences may result in an "incomplete", "I" and may require summer school.  All work needed to clear an incomplete is to be submitted to the teacher no later than five days into the next quarter or the incomplete may result in a failure for the quarter.

There will be absolutely no tolerance for “Cutting” of classes.  Cutting will be treated very seriously and will warrant an instant suspension and meeting with the parents. If there is another instance of cutting it will be discussed with the school administration and will either lead to an extended suspension or expulsion. Attendance will be taken each period including homeroom for Middle School and High School.

 

LATENESS POLICY

It is very important for students to be on time because they will miss valuable teaching time. Also, their first class is interactive and cannot be postponed.

KINDERGARTEN THROUGH FIFTH GRADE
Students are picked up from the classroom at 8:15 and school begins promptly at 8:30. Each student should be ready to begin at that time.  Those who enter late miss the first instructions for the school day and disrupt the class that is already in session. Each student will receive 6 excused latenesses per quarter. There will be a meeting scheduled with the Dean with those parents whose child has 10 latenesses in one quarter. If latenesses continue, it will be up to the discretion of the Administration as to whether or not that child will be allowed to remain at Evangel and/or return the next school year.

FOR GRADES 6-8
Students arriving at school after 8:15 will be marked late. Middle School will be given 3 unexcused latenesses per quarter. A typical unexcused lateness is heavy traffic, overslept, etc. When a student receives a fourth unexcused absence he/she will be assigned a lunch detention. The fourth Lunch Detention will equal one Afterschool Detention that will count as Behavioral Detention. Every lateness thereafter for the quarter will result in a Lunch Detention. Every fourth Lunch Detention will result in an Afterschool Detention, which will count as one Behavioral Detention.

FOR GRADES 9-12
High School Students that have received permission from their parents to leave the school for lunch – MUST return at 11:55 to be in their classroom by 12:00, or their “leaving the premises privilege” will be revoked. This is a privilege that has been granted to high schoolers and they must act responsibly and adhere to the 11:55 rule. No exceptions or excuses will be accepted. Each High School student is allowed one free lateness from lunch for the entire year. The second time they are late they are not allowed to leave for one week. The third time they are late they are not allowed to leave the building for one month. The fourth time they are late from lunch their privileges are revoked for the remainder of the school year.

Students arriving at school after 8:15 will be marked late. High School students will be given 3 unexcused latenesses per quarter. A typical unexcused lateness is heavy traffic, overslept, etc. When a student receives a fourth unexcused absence he/she will be assigned a 30 minute Afterschool detention. The fourth Afterschool Detention will equal one Afterschool Detention that will count as Behavioral Detention. Every lateness thereafter for the quarter will result in a 30 minute Afterschool Detention. Every fourth Afterschool Detetnion will count as one Behavioral Detention.

FOR GRADES 6-12
Middlle School and High School students arriving to class after the bell has rung will be considered late. There will be one-minute warning bell that will sound and students are expected to be in class by the next bell, which signifies class has begun. Any child in the hall after the bell must have a late pass. A student arriving to class without a late pass will receive a demerit.










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