Attendance Absence Policy Tardies / Ditching

Attendance

Daily attendance in all classes is one of the most significant factors in a student's success at Summit Academy. The following policy is designed to help keep students in school and increase their potential for success.

Attendance: What is the school's role?

  • The school will see that parents and students are aware of the Summit Academy attendance policy.
  • The school will report absences and any other irregular attendance pattern to parents by telephone and/or by mail.
  • The school will work with students and parents for improvement of attendance.
  • The school will instigate disciplinary action or suspension for continued attendance problems.

Excused and unexcused absences

  • Absences due to illness or a health condition, school-approved activities, family emergencies and, as required by law, disciplinary actions or short-term suspensions shall be excused. In addition, the principal may, upon request by a parent, grant permission in advance for a student's absence does not adversely affect the student's education progress.
  • If an absence is excused, the student shall be permitted to make up all missed assignments outside of class under reasonable conditions and time limits established by the appropriate teacher. However, in participation-type classes a student's grade may be adversely affected because of the student's inability to make up the activities conducted during a class period.
  • The parent or school authority responsible for the absence shall berify an excused absence.
  • As a means of instilling values of responsibiity and personal accountability, a student whose absence is not excused shall experience the natural consequences of his/her truancy. A truant student's grade shall be affected, if a graded activity or assignment occurs during the period of time when the student is truant.
  • A student may be suspended or expelled for habitual truancy.