Nathan Hale Attendance Policy
You are expected to be in school and actively involved in each class daily. Punctual attendance is the first requirement for success–both here and in the “real” world. The depth of coverage of material in class requires active student engagement, so when you are absent you are not actively engaged in the learning and it’s hard to replicate that when you return. A large part of your learning takes place during class discussions and participation. Many of our teachers use project based learning methods and if you are absent, not only do you miss out on the learning, but also any group you are working in is affected. Attendance and class participation are a basis for grading in classes. Check the syllabus for each class to see how this affects your grade.
On time, on task behaviors are expected for ALL students.
Clearing Absences & Early Dismissals
If you are home sick, have a parent/guardian send a note or email to excuse absences, early dismissals, etc. to email@example.com. The attendance office will then clear that absence. Students must clear an absence through the attendance office within 48 hours of their return to school with a note/email.
Students leaving early should exchange their signed parental note for a Temporary Dismissal pass as soon as possible. Parents needing to retrieve their students for an appointment need to call the Attendance office at 206-252-3684 or email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Since the Attendance office secretary is usually away from her desk from 1-2 pm, retrieving students at the end of the day is not always successful and can be chaotic. Calling early in the morning or as soon as you know the student needs to leave yields the best and most accurate service.
If you arrive late to school and have no excuse note, you must sign in at the Attendance office. If you do have a note, bring it to the Attendance office and you will be issued a pass to class.
Important: Notes from parents/guardians must have a valid parent/guardian phone number if the student is less than 18 years old.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any questions about your child’s attendance record please contact: