Mountain Lakes High School
ATTENDANCE RULES AND REGULATIONS
Maximum learning occurs for most studentsthrough regular attendance in classes, while excessive absence can contributeto poor performance. Therefore, astudent may not be absent from a full year course more than 20 days.Consideration may be given for bereavement, religious observance and legalobligations.
While an administrator may raise the courseabsence limit if extenuating circumstances are involved (long-term illness,hospital stay, etc.), a note from a doctor indicating illness as the reason forabsence does not deem the absence exemptfrom being counted against the maximum. Of note, college visits are notexempt from being counted either. Therefore, students are encouraged to schedule visits when MLHS is notin session. Reporting to class more than twenty minutes after the class hasbegun will constitute an absence. School-sponsored or sanctioned activitieswill not be included in the count of absences.
Upon a student’s 10th and 15th absence fromany year-long course, a form letter will be sent home to the parents whichindicates a potential loss of credit if the 21st absence occurs. A conference scheduled and documentedby the Dean of Students will be held after the 15th absence (8th absence for asemester course and 4th absence for a quarter year course) and attended by theDean of Students, student’s guidance counselor, teacher(s), student andstudent’s parents to discuss the student’s absences. The attendance conference may be held over the phone if boththe school and parents agree to do so.
In courses lasting a semester or markingquarter the limit of absence will be 10 and 5 days, respectively. Coursesmeeting only three days per week will operate with maximums of 6 days for thesemester and 12 for the full year. Students who exceed these thresholds and withdraw from the class willneed to repeat it for credit. A student who remains in the course and fails maytake it in summer school at the student’s expense. Alternatively, for the student who passes the course, creditmay be withheld until he or she is able to fulfill his or her “seat time”requirement.
When a student exceeds the allowable numberof absences, an attendance committee meeting will be convened to determinewhether to award course credit, withhold credit until additional work andseat-time requirements are met, or to deny credit.
Parents,not students, should notify the school of the reason for any absence by 9:30am. Calls to home and/or to a parent'sworkplace will be made for any absent student whose parent has not contactedthe school by this time. Students absent from school may not take part in anyafter-school activity. Inaddition, students must be in school by 10:00 AM to be eligible forafter-school activities. Likewise, a student who isdismissed during the day due to illness is not eligible for activities on thatday. Finally, studentswho are absent should not come to the building during the school day. If a student requires books ormaterials he or she must report to the main office before going to a locker, tosee a teacher, etc.
When a student arrives more than 20minutes late to school, he or she is tardy and written or verbal advisementmust be received from the student’s parent or guardian. Students arriving tardy to school must first report tothe main office to turn in their note and to obtain an admit pass. Students who come to school tardy anddo not first report to the main office will be assigned to study hall. Chronic tardiness may require a parentconference.
Lateness to Class
Students who are late to class cause considerable disruption tothe instruction and learning that is taking place. Period 1 begins at 8:00a.m. Any student who is not in theappropriate classroom at this time is late to class. Similarly, ample passingtime is provided between periods so that all students may arrive to classbefore the late bell rings. If astudent reports late to class without a note from another educator in the building,he or she may be detained after school thefollowing day by that teacher. Students failing to appear for ateacher-assigned detention will serve two Central Detentions. Students who are chronically late toclass may be assigned a Central Detention. Inthe same way, students are expected to be in homeroom and in their seats by thetime the warning bell rings. Thosewho arrive late to homeroom three times per marking period will be assigned tocentral detention and/or study hall.