Absences From and Tardies to School
The student will present himself to the attendance office before any class when he is late or absent.
When a student is absent, the parent/guardian must:
- Call to notify the Attendance Office the same morning of the absence; and
Upon his return to school, the student must present a note to the Attendance Office, written by his parent/guardian, explaining the circumstances regarding his absence before he is readmitted to class.
*Failure to complete items #1 & #2 may result in an assigned Saturday School.
A phone call and written request from a parent or guardian must be submitted to the Attendance Office before school on the day the student is to be excused. A phone call alone is not sufficient to have the student excused from school. Without both of these fulfilled, students would only be permitted to leave campus at the discretion of the administration.
Absences may be excused in cases such as, but not limited to, personal illness, severe illness in the family, a death in the family and other situations at the discretion of school administration. Students may make up their missed work in these cases with proper documentation.
Extended Absence Policy
Requests for an extended absence must be made to the Vice Principal of Student Affairs. Students that are going to be absent for an extended period of time must pick up the proper notification and paperwork from the Vice Principal of Student Affairs and submit them back to the Vice Principal of Student Affairs two (2) days prior to the absence. All extended absence arrangements are governed by the school’s policy on semester absences.
The school’s administration ultimately determines if an absence is to be considered excused, or unexcused. When a student accumulates six (6) or more absences in a single course in either semester, consequences may be issued at the disciplinary, or privileges level (non-participation in extracurricular and/or co-curricular events). Students in violation of excessive absences may not be granted academic credit. Only compelling personal or medical reasons will be considered by the school’s administration, where absences beyond six (6) may be allowed. Students are required to make up any course work that is missed due to absence, regardless of reason for absence.
Tardiness to Class or School
A student is subject to disciplinary action for each tardy. Disciplinary action may include verbal and/or written warning, detention, and/or suspension. A student may be placed on probation or asked to leave the school if the tardy problem is persistent. SJBHS considers habitual tardiness to be a very serious matter and will be addressed accordingly.
If a student is 30 minutes or more late to any period, disciplinary action will be taken or any unexcused tardy.
A student who is not present in any class period(s) without a valid reason is considered truant. Truant students will be issued disciplinary consequences that may include Saturday School and/or suspension.