School Attendance Policy
Students are expected to attend school daily and be on time. The official school day for students begins at 8:30 a.m., a warning bell rings at 8:25 a.m., and the school day ends at 2:39 p.m., except on Wednesdays when school day ends at 1:44 p.m..
Present means that the student is physically present in school or in a scheduled class, present for at least half the school day (8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.), or is on an authorized school activity.
Absent means that the student is not physically present in school or in a scheduled class, leaves school before 11:30 a.m., or arrives to school after 11:30 a.m.. Students are either present or absent. The Department of Education does not make a distinction between excused or unexcused absences.
A student is tardy if arriving to school after 8:30 a.m. and before 11:30 a.m. or arrives to a classroom after the start of a class period without a pass.
Students arriving to school after the 8:30 a.m., must report to the front office and obtain a tardy slip before being admitted back to class.
Chronic Absenteeism and Excessive Tardiness:
Students are considered chronically absent when they accumulate 15 absences. Students are considered excessively tardy when they accumulate 15 tardies. Progressive action will be taken to address and prevent chronic absenteeism and excessive tardiness. Students who are chronically absent or excessively tardy may result in a referral to Family Court.
Reporting an Absence:
In the event your child is or going to be absent from school, please contact the school in one of the following ways:
Call (808) 305-1289 between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on the day of your child's absence. When reporting an absence please give your child’s full legal name, reason for absence, and date of absence.
Email your child's counselor regarding your child's absence. When reporting an absence via email, please include child’s full legal name, reason for absence, and date of absence.
Submit a letter to the school office regarding the absence. When reporting an absence via letter, please include your child’s full legal name, reason for absence, and date of absence. This letter must be signed by a parent/guardian and list a contact number.
If your child will be absent from school for an extended amount of time (e.g., family trip), please submit a letter to the principal stating your child's full legal name, reason for absence, and dates of absence for authorization.
Failure to contact the school of an absence may result in the absence being recognized as unauthorized.
Upon Returning to School:
A doctor’s note is required for absences of five or more consecutive days due to illness upon returning to school. Failure to submit this note may result in the absence being considered unauthorized and subject to counselor and administrator follow up action.
Homework requests will be taken on the second consecutive day of your child’s absence. Requests must be made before 9:00 a.m. and will be available for pick up in the front office at the end of the school day. Otherwise, the homework request will be available the next school day.
If your child will be absent for reasons other than an illness, contact your child's counselor prior to absence to make the appropriate arrangements for picking up homework. Requested assignments are due on the day the student returns to school.
Authorization to Leave Campus:
Once arriving to school, all students are expected to remain on campus until the end of the school day. Students arriving by bus are to immediately exit the bus and enter the campus.
Students leaving campus without authorization will be referred to the administration for discipline and consequences.
In the event a student must leave campus during school hours an off-campus pass must be obtained from the school’s office.
Call (808) 305-1289 between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. or submit a letter prior so that an off-campus pass can be prepared. When making this request please give your child’s full legal name, reason, and pick-up time.
A parent, guardian, or an authorized adult must sign-out a student in the office before a student is allowed to leave campus. Be prepared to present a picture ID.
Page Updated: 8/2018