ATTENDANCE & ABSENCES
Attendance at every class, by all students, is mandatory. It is the parents’/guardians’ responsibility to call and advise the school secretary if their child will be absent and to justify the absence. An answering machine is available to accept calls outside of office hours.
Students and parents/guardians must accept full responsibility for work missed during absences. Due to the experiential nature of many of the courses, alternative assignments or assessments may not be possible for students who are absent. Long-term illnesses exceeding 5 consecutive days require medical certification. If any condition requires a student to miss school regularly (for medical treatments, for example, or due to a judgement by a court), documentation to that effect should be provided to the school and the parents should schedule a meeting with the school team to determine the best course of action for the student.
Parents of students under eighteen years of age, attending work-study, must report any absence to the main office. If the student is an adult (18+), they are encouraged to make the call themselves. Students, regardless of age, are responsible for notifying their employer prior to any absence from work-study, regardless of their age. Unexcused and/or frequent absences from work-study or school are not tolerated, and may result in failure to qualify for their WOTP, DEFIS or APP certificate.
LATE ARRIVAL: THE LATE SLIP
Any student arriving to school after 9:20am must proceed to the office for a late slip. If the late is due to a planned appointment, students should present their signed and dated note to the office upon arrival to have their late justified. Students may not enter class without a late slip. Throughout the day, teachers take attendance each period. Students who are late for class will be indicated as late and students arriving late to class will face consequences.
Any student who requires an early dismissal should present a note, signed by a parent/guardian, with a valid telephone number, indicating the student’s name, the date and the desired dismissal time to the school’s main office by 9:20 am. The student will receive a departure note, and the student’s parent/guardian may be called to verify the early dismissal.
Any student who is ill or injured, or who needs to leave the school early for any valid reason, must report to the main office so that a parent/guardian can be notified. An email can be provided in lieu of a written note: please email the secretary, Fatemeh Dashti, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sample Note for Late Arrival
Dear John Grant Staff,
Please excuse ____name of student____ for arriving late for school at __expected time__ on __date___ due to __ reason__. For any further information, please contact __name of parent__ at __phone number__.
___Signature of parent_.
Sample Note for Early Dismissal
Dear John Grant Staff,
Please be advised that __name of student____ must leave early from school on __date___ at _expected time_ due to __ reason__. For any further information, please contact __name of parent__ at __phone number__.
Thank you.___Signature of parent_.
REGULAR SCHOOL DAY SCHEDULE
- 09:00 Doors are unlocked and students may enter the building from entrance ‘C’ only. Students are not allowed in the building before 9:00am due to lack of supervision. All students must proceed to, and remain in, the cafeteria until 9:15am with their bags and outdoor clothing.
- 09:15 🔔 Students go to their lockers to put away their bags and outdoor clothing and gather their materials for period 1.
- 09:20 🔔 Students should be in their first period class. Students arrive to class prepared. “Prepared” means: in uniform, with homework completed, and with all materials needed for class.
- 09:20-10:35 🔔 PERIOD 1. Students should be seated and prepared at the beginning of every class. The teacher will take attendance within the first 5 minutes of every class.
- 10:35 - 10:50 🔔 RECESS. Students should put their materials away in their lockers and gather their snack, if they have one, for recess. A healthy snack is provided for all students in the cafeteria. Students can choose to stay in the cafeteria, or they may go outside, if they have clothing appropriate to the weather. If they go outside, they must remain on school property and within view of the staff member on duty in the schoolyard. At the warning bell, students go to their lockers and prepare for class.
- 10:50 - 12:05 🔔 PERIOD 2.
- 12:05 - 12:25 LUNCHTIME. All students must proceed to the cafeteria at 12:05 to eat their lunches. All food must be eaten in the cafeteria.
- 12:25 -12:55 🔔 ACTIVITY TIME. Students who are finished eating may proceed to activities being held in designated areas of the school, or outside, when dismissed by the staff member on supervision. Students participate in extracurricular activities or social time. At the warning bell, students go to their lockers and prepare for class.
- 12:55 -14:10 🔔 PERIOD 3.
- 14:10-14:15 🔔 Passing time. Students proceed to their period 4 classes.
- 14:15 - 15:30 🔔 PERIOD 4.
- 15:30 Students should proceed to gather their things from their lockers to go home. All students must exit via the ‘C’ door. Students whose buses have not yet arrived must wait by the office.