Attendance

Review the Student Code of Conduct for more information.

Regular School Day Schedule:

  • Students Arrive, 7:10 AM – 7:40 AM
  • School Begins/Late Bell, 7:40 AM
  • Students Dismissed, 1:30 PM

Early Release Schedule:

  • Students Arrive, 7:10 AM – 7:40 AM
  • School Begins/Late Bell, 7:40 AM
  • Students Dismissed, 11:30 AM

Please note:

  1. No student is to arrive at school before 7:10 AM. No student is allowed in the building before 7:10 AM.
  2. Any student arriving at school by car must be dropped off at the parent pick-up/drop-off area. If you have an appointment or are visiting the school, you are asked to park your car in the parking lot, escort your child into the office and sign in. Do not park in the drop-off lane.
  3. The parking spaces marked “Handicapped Parking” are only for students and visitors who are handicapped. Please do not use this space for quick drop-offs.
  4. The bus ramp is for buses and approved daycare vehicles only. No other vehicles may enter the school grounds through the bus ramp gate.

SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY ATTENDANCE POLICY

Florida Statute 1003.24 places the responsibility on parents and legal guardians for school attendance of children. It is essential that our children receive an education. Failure to attend school in a regular and timely fashion hinders the education process. Truancy and poor school performance have a direct relationship to juvenile delinquency and destructive behavior. A disproportionate percentage of juvenile crime occurs when juveniles should be in school.

Regular school attendance is required for students between the ages of 6 and 16. A child must be enrolled in school for the entire school year if he or she attains the age of six years by February 1 of that school year. (Section 1003.21 Florida Statute)

  1. Attendance in a public school supported by public funds;
  2. Attendance in a parochial, religious or denominational school;
  3. Attendance in a private school supported by tuition or endowments; or
  4. Attendance in a home education program as defined in the Florida Statute 1000.21.

Students are expected to attend class regularly and to be on time in order to benefit the most from the instructional program. Any student who is absent will be expected to make up all work missed. Grades will be recorded when appropriate. It is the responsibility of the student and his/her parent to arrange for the makeup work with each teacher involved after the student’s return to class. It is the teacher’s responsibility to provide and accept assignments within a time frame prescribed by the principal, not to exceed two weeks. Students in grades 6-12 who are placed on ‘out of school suspension’, expulsion or other unexcused absences shall not be allowed to earn credit for making up missed work.

In compliance with Florida School Laws, The School Board of Highlands County recognizes excused absences as those resulting from:

  1. Personal illness of the pupil (medical evidence may be required by the principal);
  2. Court appearance of the pupil (summons required);
  3. Medical appointment of the pupil (a medical statement may be required);
  4. Religious holiday;
  5. Death in the immediate family;
  6. Approved school activity (absences recorded but not reported);
  7. Attendance at a center under Health and Rehabilitative Service supervision;
  8. Insurmountable problems (permission by principal may be required).

Written notice stating the reason for the student’s absence must be presented to school personnel. Absences not documented in writing by the parent/guardian and not included in the excuses listed above shall be UNEXCUSED. If a student is continuously sick and repeatedly absent from school, the student must be under the supervision of a physician in order to receive an excuse from attendance.

Each school will have a School Attendance Review Committee (SARC) that meets regularly to address attendance. Guidelines are provided in The School Board of Highlands County Code of Student Conduct under absenteeism. The SARC may refer cases to the local Children In Need of Service/Families in Need of Services (CINS/FINS). The CINS/FINS provider has the authority, under Florida law, to file charges against the parent/guardian, student and refer the family for intervention services. Section 1003.27, Florida Statutes.

Each public school principal or designee shall notify the district school board of each minor under its jurisdiction who accumulates 15 unexcused absences in a period of 90 calendar days. For appropriate-aged middle and high school students, the superintendent must provide the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles the legal name, sex, date of birth and social security number of each minor who has been reported and fails to satisfy the school attendance requirements of Section 322.091, Florida Statutes. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles may not issue a driver’s license or learner’s driver’s license and shall suspend any previously issued driver’s license.

TARDINESS

If a student arrives at school after 7:40 AM, he/she is considered to be tardy. Parents must accompany their child into the office to sign him/her into school. The number of tardies will be monitored due to the student missing important instructional time. Excessive tardy days will be reported to the Student Attendance Review Committee. It is also discouraged to sign students out early. When a child is tardy or checked out early it is likely to break the educational momentum for the teacher and other students as well.