It is our intent at Patterson to help your child succeed academically. Excessive absences may result in poor academic achievement, lower class grades, and possible retention.
Arizona Law (ARSB 15-803) states that "Individuals who have custody of a student between the ages of six (6) and sixteen (16) years shall send the student to a public school for the full time that school is in session or file an affidavit of intent with the County School Superintendent stating the student is attending a regularly organized private school or home school"
Absences: What do I need to do if my child is ill or otherwise cannot attend school?
Call the Patterson Attendance line at 480-472-9795 (this number is available 24-hours daily), and report the absence by leaving a voicemail with the following details: Child’s name, Teacher’s name, Room number, and Reason for absence.
Excused Absences: An absence is considered excused any time a parent calls the school with a reason for a student's absence which the Principal determines is justifiable. Please excuse students by phone call or signed note within 24 hours of the day the child returns to school.
Unexcused Absences: An absence is considered unexcused if there is no contact whatsoever from the parent regarding the absence.
Chronic Illness: For students with chronic illness, forms to be completed by his/her physician can be picked up in our health office.
Excessive Absences: Our school administrative regulations require us to send attendance information to all parents whose children miss more than 5 days. Subsequent letters will be sent when children miss 10 and 15 days.
- Arizona State Law requires students attend 90% of the total days school is in session.
- Mesa Schools are in session 180 days each school year which means students must attend at least 162 days of school.
- The truancy officer assigned to our school will be contacted after a total of 16 days of absences. (Both excused and unexcused.)
Tardy Policy: Students not in their seats by the 8:25 bell need to report to the front office to get a "Tardy Pass" allowing them into class. Students will not be allowed to enter a class without the pass.
Students late due to a medical appointment are asked to provide the front office with documentation from the doctor/dentist. Most doctors/dentists have such documentation readily available and are glad to provide it to you.
Consequences for tardies: (per 9 week period as approved by SIAC)
- Every 5th tardy --- the student will spend their lunch recess in office
- If tardiness are excessive, the parent will be contacted by the school counselor and/or principal.