Bottom line... Learning is restricted if you are not at school! Attendance is a priority at Desert Ridge Academy! We hope it is also a priority in your family.
We all know that attendance affects a student's success at school. It is, therefore, essential that you attend school regularly and that you are on time to every class. Each day a student is absent, it results in the loss of state funding of approximately $44.00 to the school district. However, it is not the money that I personally care about, but the academic success and growth of your child.
v When you are absent for a reason that is acceptable by law (illness, medical/dental appointment, observance of a religious holiday, or family emergency), a written note or phone call from your parent or guardian to the school is required.
v When you are absent for a legitimate reason, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to check with your teachers at an appropriate time to make up any work missed.
v If you know you are going to miss class or you are absent for three days or more, you may call and request homework assignments from one of our office staff.
o 3 unexcused absences = First truancy notice
o 4th unexcused absence= Second truancy notice
o 5th unexcused absence= Referral to Student Attendance Review Board.
o Missing 10% of the school year whether excused or unexcused may result in a truancy notice.
o 3 Tardies = 1 Unexcused Absence
v If you are late to school, YOU MUST REPORT TO THE OFFICE FOR A TARDY SLIP BEFORE GOING TO YOUR FIRST PERIOD CLASS.
v If you are late to any other class, you are to report to that class. Do not come to the office for a tardy pass. Your teacher will mark you tardy.
v If you are late to any class, it not only affects your success in that class but also the success of others who must wait until you get settled into the class before their learning can continue.
v Tardiness negatively affects your privilege to participate in sports and other extra-curricular activities (dances, drama, music, etc.) as demerits are assigned when tardies become excessive.
v While the state only accepts illness and medical appointments as "excused" tardies, we can provide an excused tardy to a student for extenuating circumstances as long as this is not abused.
v Students who are late to school will be subject to the following:
Ø Tardy #1: Record tardy
Ø Tardy #2: Record tardy
Ø Tardy #3: Meet with student, contact parent, serve detention
Ø Detention will be assigned after every three tardies.
v If a student is tardy five times in a nine-week period (quarter), AFTER SCHOOL DETENTION WILL BE ASSIGNED.
v Students who are habitually tardy may face further consequences which include, but are not limited to:
8Loss of extra-curricular privileges;
8Meeting with the district's Student Discipline Hearing Panel;
8Referral to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB);
8Revocation of Intra-District Transfer