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School attendance is essential as it directly relates to student achievement therefore regular attendance cannot be overstated. According to Florida Law parents have the responsibility to have their child in school every day that he/she is physically able, arriving promptly, and remaining throughout the scheduled day. Vacations and trips must be preapproved with the school administration.

If your child is ill a call should be made to the school office by 9:00am at (863) 678-4262 and upon their return please send a note signed by the parent explaining the reason for the absence.

Excused Absences are defined as an absence that has the sanction of the parent and the school. The following absences are acceptable and will be excused with appropriated documentation: 

  • Personal Illness
  • Illness or Death in the Immediate Family
  • Religious Holidays
  • Educational Trips
  • Trips with Parents
  • School Sponsored Activities
  • Judicial Actions
  • Military Dependent School Age Students

Parents can now access their child’s information from any computer/tablet/smartphone with an internet connection. The MyPolkSchools Parent Portal allows parents to check for the accuracy of their child’s attendance.

TARDY 

Promptness to class is necessary for the student to take full advantage of available educational opportunities. All students should be on campus in time to be in class at 7:50am. Instruction, organization, and preparation for the day begins immediately. Excused and unexcused tardies will be defined the same as excused and unexcused absences.

Please do not drop children off after the tardy bell rings at 8:00. A parent must walk tardy students to the front office for a tardy slip. All gates will be locked in the morning and remain locked for the remainder of the school day.

Messenger is the communication system used to notify parents when children are absent. If your child arrives after the call-out is made please understand that the class attendance was already verified prior to your student’s arrival. Please be sure the office has your correct phone number for messages and emergencies.

For the purpose of a truancy petition, three unexcused tardies and/or early dismissals will equal one day unexcused absence.

EARLY CHECKOUTS

Students will be released ONLY to those adults listed on the emergency card. It is imperative that your child’s emergency information card is kept up-to-date. Please let the office know of any changes in address or phone number.

Please make every effort to schedule medical and dental appointments after school hours or during holiday breaks. When your child leaves early it disrupts the entire classroom learning environment.

SUGGESTED LINKS

School Board Policy on Attendance in Student Progression Plan (pages 46-48)

School Board By-Laws & Policies 5230-Late Arrival & Early Dismissal

Florida Statutes Chapter 1003 Part II School Attendance

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