All students are expected to attend school regularly and be on time for students to benefit from the instructional program and to develop habits of punctuality, self-discipline, and responsibility. There is a direct relationship between poor attendance and class failure. Students who have good attendance generally achieve higher grades, enjoy school more, and are much more employable after leaving school. Attendance is an important Leader in Me goal, which is tracked daily on a schoolwide scoreboard. We have a percentage we strive to achieve. With your help, we can reach our goal daily.
The automated system will make phone calls if your child is marked absent, tardy, or checked in and/or checked out. Parents and students should become familiar with the parish attendance/tardy policy found in the St. Mary Parish School Newspaper. The state policy states that a child can only miss 11 days of school a year. After 11 days, a child may receive a non-attendance F and may repeat the grade.
1st Notice ………..3 days absent—phone conference with office staff or administration
2nd Notice …………5 days absent—referral the DA’s TASC program and conference at school with administrators
3rd Notice ………..11 days absent—conference with principal and referral to FINS Court
**Additional days absent may result in loss of credit.
Tardies will be enforced. If you child plans to eat breakfast, he/she should arrive by 7:45 to begin breakfast in the classroom. Morning routines begin at the 7:55 bell. Doors will close at the 8:00 bell. Students who walk in at the 8:00 bell will be marked tardy. Instruction begins at 8:00.
Three (3) tardies ……….. notified by letter
Six (6) tardies………….. notified by letter, school conference, referral to the DA program
Nine (9) tardies …………. Will result in a referral to the Child Welfare and Attendance Supervisor. If a hearing is required, parents, student, and the supervisor shall be present at the hearing.