Attendance Matters

Attendance Policy

  • School Hours: 8:15AM – 2:45PM
  • Early Dismissal: 8:15AM – 12:00PM
  • Breakfast: 7:45AM – 8:05AM

All students are required to attend school every day and on time. You are required by law to notify the school when your child misses any instructional time. A written explanation of the absence or lateness is required upon your child’s return to school.

The District records excused and unexcused absences daily in compliance with the law.  Parents/Guardians will be notified by the local school by phone and in writing after their child’s unexcused absences. Any child who is absent from or late to school without a valid written reason for a total of three (3) days or more is considered truant. The following is a series of events that may take place if a child is truant:

Please do not allow your children to arrive in the morning before 7:00 a.m. There is no supervision for the children before 7:00 a.m. Students arriving after 8:30 AM will be marked late. Students must receive a late pass from the first floor and then proceed to class. Just as in absences, students miss important information. Please ensure that your child arrives on time for school each day.

The Allen M. Stearne attendance goal for the 2023/2024 school year is to have as many of our students as possible attend 95% of the school days. This means that your child must have 9 or fewer absences for the entire school year.

To help encourage students and parents to achieve this goal we have initiated a variety of incentive programs and rewards, including individual student goals for perfect attendance as well as group rewards for achieving perfect attendance as a whole classroom.

LATENESS: All students are to report on time to all classes as assigned unless there are excused reasons.  Students reporting to class late should present a pass from the person who detained them. A student who is late to class without an excuse will be reprimanded by the teacher. For every unexcused lateness a PBIS minor infraction form must be written.  3 unexcused latenesses will be forwarded to the climate manager for further disciplinary action.

Attendance in class throughout the day is the responsibility of the student.  If a student is absent, it is his or her responsibility to establish that this absence was legitimate and to request and complete required work that was missed.

What to know about absences!

All absences shall be treated as unlawful/unexcused until the district receives a written excuse explaining the reason(s) for the absence, to be submitted within three (3) calendar days of the absence.  Failure to provide a written excuse within three (3) days will result in the absence being counted permanently as unlawful/unexcused. All absences of three (3) or more consecutive school days shall be supported by a physician’s statement verifying the illness.

Absence notes will not remove the absence, but it will allow us to determine whether a student is absent for an excused absence (doctor, family emergency, etc.) If you have to schedule doctor appointments, your student can still come to school either before or after the scheduled appointment.

When a student has been absent, excused with a parent note, totaling 9 days (cumulative), all subsequent absences require a doctor’s note.

Any student coming to school two (2) hours after the start of the school day or leaving two  (2) hours before the end of the school day will be marked as a half-day absence. If the child has a note from a medical provider (Doctor, Dentist, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, etc.) they will be marked as half-day excused. The note must be given to the school upon return from the medical provider, within 24 hours of the visit.

SDP Attendance Policy

Stearne Attendance Incentive Calendar

Scholars of Allen M Stearne School will earn invitations to Attendance Incentives by simply being in school 95% of assigned school days or more.  We call it here at Stearne being a part of Team 95!  As the school year progresses, we will be looking at qualifications for Team 95 to being scholars who are in school and on time for 95% of assigned school days with no more that three (3) days late for the month.(Beginning in October)