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As we prepare for the 2016-2017 school year, we want you to have a successful year at Desert Mountain High School. Here are some key pointers as it relates to attendance. If you have specific questions, please contact our attendance office. GO WOLVES!
DMHS Attendance Personnel: Ms. Chrys Mesoloras and Mr. Ben Paweski
Attendance Hotline Numbers: 480-484-7002 or 480-484-7003
OVERVIEW OF PROCEDURES:
What should parents/student do?
How will this help?
|Call in ALL absences/tardies
(See “Procedures” below)
|Provide Documentation||For absences due to health related issues, this supports the reason for the absence. (ex: doctor appointment verification slip)|
|Check ParentVue/StudentVue||Using resources available to you to monitor student performance is essential.|
|Reporting a student who will arrive to school late or must leave campus early.||
IMPORTANT: Excusing a late arrive or early release is a 2-step process. If both steps are not completed, the tardy/early release will not be marked as excused.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What is a Tardy? Arriving to class after the start of the class period (indicated by the school bell) and missing up to 10 minutes of class time.
- Note: For some teachers this means not being in the classroom by the time the bell rings. For other teachers, this means not being in your assigned seat by the time the bell rings. Students are encouraged to learn the rules for each teacher in order to be successful. Communication between the student and teacher is strongly encouraged.
What is an Absence? Not being present in class (either all day or a single class period).
- Note: If a student is 10 minutes (or more) late to class, this is counted as an absence.
What is an Excused Absence? Any absence which has been excused by a parent.
- Note: When an absence is excused by a parent, it is simply “Documented”, not “Eliminated”.
What are the appropriate “Procedures” for reporting Absences and Tardies?
- Contact the school attendance office prior to or on the actual day of the absence. If no contact is made to the school within 24 hours, the absence will be considered unexcused. At the time of call, parents should be prepared to verify the reason for and date(s) of absence. Provide supporting documentation whenever possible.
- 18 year old students may assume the responsibility of notifying the school of an absence with approval of the administration and appropriate emancipation documentation. Note: This may be revoked if placed on an Attendance Contract.
- When a parent wishes to have a student excused before the close of the school day: The attendance office must be informed prior to the student’s departure (minimum of 1 hour notice) to ensure timely departure. To avoid disrupting instructional time, classrooms are not called and a pass is sent for the student. The more notice the attendance office receives the more effectively they can accommodate for a timely departure.
- Students needing to leave campus should do so during the passing periods whenever possible.
- All students must sign out through the attendance office before leaving campus (safety and accountability).
Attendance Discipline: SUSD/DMHS publishes attendance and/or excessive tardiness via ParentVue/StudentVue. Regular use of ParentVue/StudentVue will provide for a more proactive approach and avoid the disciplinary action as it applies to attendance. Unexcused absences and/or excessive tardiness may result in the student receiving disciplinary action, which may include:
- Phone and/or written notification to parents.
- School Detentions
- Saturday School
- Attendance (Loss of Credit) Contract
- Citation by a law enforcement officer in accordance with Arizona truancy laws.
- Withdrawal and re-enrollment process through The Centralized Enrollment Office.
Attendance (Loss of Credit) Contracts: When a student accumulates 10 total absences or 10 tardies in one or more class periods, they are placed on an Attendance (Loss of Credit) Contract. If absences / tardies continue, the student may lose credit for affected classes. Loss of Credit is determined by an Attendance Committee at the end of each semester and parent/students will be notified of the decision by the last day prior to final exams. Important Note: Once a student is placed on an Attendance (Loss of Credit) Contract, it applies to ALL class periods, not just the class period that qualified them for the contract. Documentation (ex: doctor appointment verification slip or court attendance confirmation) help provide justification of absences and should be provided to the attendance office whenever possible.
School attendance is ultimately the responsibility of the student and his/her family. Students should be absent from school only when absolutely necessary, as much of the classroom activity cannot be made up; the benefit of instruction, discussion and participation is lost to those who are absent. Regular attendance is the key to academic success for all students.
Arizona law requires students between the ages of six and sixteen to attend a school. The right and privilege of attending public school carries with it certain responsibilities on the part of both parents and students. Arizona State law states it is unlawful for any child who is between 6-16 years of age to fail to attend school during the hours school is in session. If a child is habitually truant or has excessive absences, you and/or your child could be issued a citation for a violation of Arizona Revised Statute A.R.S. §15-802 or §15-803. The citation could require that both you and your child appear in court regarding this matter.
This attendance information is from the SUSD Code of Conduct (Article C – Attendance Regulations).