Procedures and policies regarding student attendance
1 Day (Same Day) Absence
- 24 Hour Attendance Hotline: 703-533-2626
- If a student is leaving early, parent/guardian must provide a note for early dismissal. The student should bring the note to the attendance ofﬁce in the morning to receive a check-out pass. The note must state the time and the reason for dismissal and must include a daytime phone number where the parent/guardian can be reached. All notes will be veriﬁed before students will be allowed to leave school.
If a parent needs to pick up a student due to unforeseen circumstances, the parent must contact the school and give permission for their student to leave the school grounds.
Parents/Guardians will receive an automated phone call from the attendance ofﬁce when their student has an unveriﬁed absence from a class. Parents/ guardians should call the attendance ofﬁce to clarify the absence.
Students are not to leave the school building for any reason during the day without a check-out pass from the attendance ofﬁce. Students feeling ill must receive a check-out pass from the clinic prior to leaving school and sign out in the attendance ofﬁce.
- If students are arriving late to school they can either bring in a note from a parent, a parent can call the attendance line (703-533-2626), or the parent can come into the main office and sign the student in.
- Parents/Guardians will receive an automated phone call from the attendance ofﬁce when their student has an unveriﬁed absence from a class. If no note was provided, parents/ guardians should call the attendance ofﬁce to clarify the absence.
Full Day Absences
- Parents are reminded that whenever an absence is anticipated for a future date, such as required family trips, college visits, etc., it must be pre-arranged with the pre-arranged absence form, linked here and also available in the front office. Completed forms should be returned to the main office.
- When a student is absent, it is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian to call the attendance ofﬁce to give the reason for the absence by calling 703-533-2626 or completing the online attendance form, or submitting a pre-arranged absence form. If a parent does not notify the school on the day of the absence, the parent has the next 3 days to notify the school or have the student bring a note to the main office.
- Absences that are not excused within 3 school days by a parent/ guardian phone call, attendance form, or note will be unexcused. Parent/guardian notes should include the student’s full name, the date of the absence/tardy, the reason for the absence, and the parent/guardian daytime phone number. Calls are made to the home to conﬁrm notes. Students who are absent 3 or more consecutive days because of illness or medical problems should provide a doctor’s note to have these absences excused.
- If a student accrues 10 absences in any one class (excused and/or unexcused) throughout the year, the administration may require medical veriﬁcation for any future absences to be excused. Proof or veriﬁcation of absences and tardies may be required by an administrator for an unusual pattern of absences or tardies.
Reasons for Excused Absences
Illness of student
Death in family
Medical or dental appointment
Religious holiday observances
School sponsored field trips
Approved pre-arranged Absences (with submission of pre-arranged absence form)
Other reasons accepted by the principal or designee
Reasons for Unexcused Absences
Family and/or student vacations that are not pre-arranged
Child care situations
Missing the school bus/traffic or weather issues
Other reasons unacceptable to the principal
Excused and Unexcused Tardies
- Students late to class without an excused pass will be marked as unexcused tardy for that class. Students with excessive excused absences/tardies may be required to present documentation from a doctor.
Did you know?
- Regular school attendance in elementary school improves the chances that you will read on grade level.
- Chronic absenteeism (missing 18 or more school days per year) is a primary cause of lower academic achievement even when the absences are "excused" or understandable.
- Students who attend 90% or more of the school year are more likely to graduate from high school on time.
- Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with peer conflicts or facing some other potentially serious difficulty, and help is available.
Some Virginia Attendance Policies
- Virginia requires that all children between the ages of five and eighteen be enrolled in school and attend on a daily basis.
- Any student who fails to report to school for a total of five scheduled school days (unexcused) for the school year may be referred to a school attendance officer for further action.
- When a referral is received, the school attendance officer will attempt to interview the student, parent, and other relevant parties to develop a plan to resolve the attendance issue.
- A student who is absent from school for 15 consecutive days or more is withdrawn from school and must officially register again upon his or her return to school.
Here is a link to the FCPS “Encouraging School Attendance” Page: Encouraging School Attendance