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Absences and Tardies


Attendance is a major factor in a students academic performance. Attendance matters! See the graphic for just how quickly missed days add up and how much instruction is lost! Partner with us in committing to improved attendance for our students. Also you must notify us when your child is absent as to the reason for the absence or the absence is automatically unexcused. We want the absolute BEST for each of our students and that begins with attendance!

   Every Day Matters


When a student has (4) unexcused absences, his/her parents, legal guardians, persons with lawful control of the student, or persons standing in loco parentis shall be notified. Notification shall be by telephone by the end of the school day in which such absence occurred or by regular mail with a return address sent no later than the following school day. Whenever a student exceeds (8) unexcused absences in a semester, the District shall notify the prosecuting authority and the parent, legal guardian, person having lawful control of the student or persons standing in loco parentis shall be subject to a civil penalty as prescribed by law. It is the Arkansas General Assembly’s intention that students having excessive absences be given assistance in obtaining credit for their courses. Therefore, at any time prior to when a student exceeds the number of unexcused absences permitted by this policy, the student, or his/her parent, legal guardian, person with lawful control of the student, or person standing in loco parentis may petition the school or district’s administration for special arrangements to address the student’s unexcused absences.

Excused/Unexcused Defined


It is the responsibility of the student to be in his or her classroom on time. The tardy bell will ring at 8:00. A student will be considered tardy if they are not in his or her classroom when the tardy bell rings. Three unexcused tardies per semester will be considered excessive. It can also have a factor in retention at the end of the year if schoolwork is unsatisfactory. A student will be considered tardy until 9:00 a.m. Students arriving after 9:00 am will be considered to have missed a half day of school.