Gateway Middle School Family Vacations and Attendance Policy
Public Schools' attendance policy (P3122) states that "...students are
expected to attend all assigned classes each day on time. It is
recognized that there are rare occasions that necessitate a late
arrival, early departure or legitimate excused student
absence...Determination as to whether an absence is a tardy, excused or
unexcused absence is made by the school in accordance with law and
policy. The role of the parent or guardian is to ensure that his/her
children attend school and to verify that the student's absence was for
an excusable reason." In summary, the district policy does not indicate that a family vacation is a valid reason for an excused absence.
are discouraged from scheduling trips while school is in session. We of
course, understand there are exceptional circumstances that, on rare
occasion, preclude families from being able to avoid pulling students
out of class (a family event that you do not have control over, like a
wedding, etc.) and we take this into consideration when reviewing
absences to determine if it will be considered excused.
you must take your student out of class for more than 4 days, you may
contact your student's teachers and request any assignments or materials
that they will have developed by the time your student leaves on his or
her trip. However, teachers will not be creating supplemental
instructional activities to compensate for the time your student is away
from classes. Most likely, your student will have to catch up when he
or she returns to school.
Additionally, the length
of the absence and the potential impact that it would have on the
student's academic progress is reviewed. When a student misses a day of
school, they are missing seven periods of instruction, each of them 46
minutes, delivered by a teacher and other instructional staff. A packet
of work to take home can help a student complete some of the tasks that
they will miss in the classroom, but a packet of work cannot make up for
lost instructional time. Upon his or her return to class, a student
will inevitably be behind in the course because they have missed
instructional experiences that cannot be replicated outside of the
Please refer to your student's school planner to review the absence qualification and reporting process.
a student is absent from school, in order to be considered excused, we
expect a call from a parent or legal guardian as soon as possible on the
morning of the absence, to verify the reason for the absence. An
administrator will determine if the absence will be excused. If we do
not receive a phone call, you may provide a note from a parent within 24
hours of return to school.
If a student is
absent 3 or more days due to illness they are expected to return to
school with a note from a doctor in order to be considered excused.
According to state law, any student with 5 unexcused absences in a month or 10 unexcused absences in a year will receive a BECCA petition from the juvenile court.
appreciate you understanding that your student's education is our
highest priority, and we would like him or her to attend regularly,
every day, in order to maximize his or her learning opportunities at