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Attendance Procedures

Students who are absent from school are guided by the following policies:
  1. An absence occurs when a student is not physically present in school for at least one-half of the school day or at least one-half of a scheduled class period.
  2. A student who misses class(es) due to participating in an authorized MMS activity will not be marked absent.
  3. A parent or guardian should telephone the office between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on the date(s) of the absence the phone number is (808) 305-1289.  Our automated call system will notify parents when the first teacher of the day marks the student "absent".
  4. Upon returning to school, the student must submit a note from a parent/guardian stating the date(s) and reason for absence. Notes must include parent/guardian signature and a phone number. If a student is absent for five (5) or more consecutive days due to illness, a doctor's note is required.   The note must be turned in to the attendance clerk in the school office on the day of return. Failure to submit a note may result in an unauthorized absence/tardy.
  5. Students who will be absent for two (2) or more days may request school work.  Request for work must be made by 9:00am to receive work by the end of the school day.  
  6. Students with unauthorized absences will be addressed through respective counselors to ensure compliance with Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS 302A) and the Compulsory School Attendance Law.  
    • 5 absences - Counselor will contact parent or schedule a meeting, if necessary
    • 7 absences - Saturday School Program
    • 9 absences - Mandatory parent meeting
    • 10 absences - Referral to Family Court
  7. Authorized absences may include, but are not limited to: death in the family, court attendance or approval, medical or dental appointment that cannot be scheduled outside of school hours, emergency situation with proper notification from parents, religious observances, or special cases approved by the principal.
  8. When a student will be absent for a trip, the following procedures should be followed:  
    • Parent submits a note to the office as early as possible explaining the absence and the dates of the absence.  An Administrator will review the reason for the above.
    • The office or counselor will notify the student's teachers about the absence and request for work.
    • Teachers will prepare assignments for students to complete during the absence.
    • The student will pick up assignment from all teachers prior to leaving on the trip.
    • Assignments will be turned in on the day the student returns to school.
Tardiness and Class Cuts
TARDY is defined as "students not sitting in their chairs/assigned seating area."  Authorized tardiness may include, but is not limited to: all applicable cases listed under authorized absences (above), students detained by a member of the school staff; or emergency situations as approved by the school administrator.
  • Students are marked tardy when arriving to school after 8:30 a.m.  
  • Students who are tardy shall go directly to the tardy center (school security office located outside of the administration office) for a pass that will admit them into class.  
  • If arriving after 9:00am, tardy students must report to the school office for an admit slip.  
  • Students who "cut" classes shall be referred to the administration and may receive school level consequences in accordance with Chapter 19.  
  • Detention will be assigned for three (3) tardies or more.  Chronic tardiness will result in progressive disciplinary action.
Authorization to Leave Campus
Once entering the campus, the students are expected to remain on campus until the end of the school day. Students who need to leave the campus during school hours must either submit a note signed by a parent or legal guardian or the parent or legal guardian must come into the office and sign out the student who will be leaving campus. The note must be brought to the office BEFORE school so an off-campus pass can be prepared. 
  • It is the student's responsibility to obtain teachers' signatures on the Authorization to Leave Campus pass. 
  • A parent or legal guardian must come into the office and sign out the student who will be leaving campus.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  When students exit the buses in the morning, they MUST remain on campus.  Students are not allowed to go to the recreation center or anywhere else outside the boundaries of the Moanalua Middle School campus.  If they are found outside of the boundaries of campus that will be classified as truant and consequences will be given.  Please refer to Chapter 19 which was placed in your child's portfolio that you received during packet pick up.