Your student's academic success is our priority. Class attendance is essential to learning and academic achievement. Satisfactory attendance at school is the responsibility of the student and his/her family.
Parents/Guardians can view their student's attendance online through the parent portal at https://mymps.mpsaz.org
Registration / Enrollment
Mesa Public Schools policy states that every MPS student, regardless of age, must be present for 90% of a class period in order to be eligible to receive credit for the class. Student with nine excused or unexcused absences in one semester may be audited from their courses.
- Students arriving 10 or more minutes late to a class are marked 'absent'. Students arriving within the first 10 minutes of class are marked 'tardy'.
- Cases involving prolonged illness or unusual circumstances will be reviewed by the school administration through an appeal process.
- A daily phone call is made home stating that your student missed one or more class periods for that day.
- An attendance letter warning of loss of credit is mailed home on the fifth and seventh excused or unexcused absences for a given period.
- On the tenth excused or unexcused absence, a school official meets with the student to sign an Student Attendance Contract. Copies of the Student Attendance Contract, Loss of Credit Notification and Appeal Paperwork are mailed home.
- Appeal documentation must be turned into the Attendance Office no later than 10 days before the end of each semester.
- Students are considered absent from class if they are 10 or more minutes late. Students arriving within the first 10 minutes to class will be counted tardy.
- Students arriving with note from a doctor, dentist, or other appointment will sign in and be sent to class. Depending on the student's arrival time, the student will be marked as an excused tardy or absence.
- Excused absences count toward a student's maximum of nine absences.
- Excused tardies count towards a student's total number of tardies.
- For class periods other than 1st hour, teachers establish their own tardy policy.
- Each morning, please plan ahead for traffic around & within campus.
1st Hour Sweep
- Campus perimeter gates are locked after the bell rings to start the school day.
- Late students enter campus through the front office. Students sign-in and report to the 1st Hour Sweep. Teachers also send students to the Sweep Room if they are within the gates but arrive to 1st hour after the bell rings.
- Students that are walked in by their parents after the 1st hour bell will receive a pass to class and marked 'tardy'.
- Students will be asked to dispose of their food and beverages when they arrive to Sweep.
- Students will remain in 1st Hour Sweep for the entire class period. Students may work on class assignments. They may not use their cell phones. Computer devices may be used for school work.
How Parents Can Help
- Inform our Attendance Office when your student will be absent.
- Communicate with your student of the importance of arriving to school on time for each class period.
- Notify our Attendance Office of any phone number or address changes.
- Provide our Attendance Office with notes from doctors, dentists, etc., that excuse your student from school due to appointments, illness, or injuries.
- If possible, schedule appointments outside instructional time.
- Absences must be excused by a parent within one day after the student's absence.
- Provide advance notice when a student needs to be checked out of school.
- Contact our Attendance Office if you anticipate extended absences. Students may be withdrawn from school after missing 10 consecutive school days without parent contact.