• ATTENDANCE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

     

    TARDIES & EARLY CHECKOUTS:

    At Leesburg Elementary, attendance matters and is strictly monitored! In order for children to be successful they must attend school on a regular basis. The staff at Leesburg Elementary has initiated several attendance incentives to encourage daily attendance. Regular school attendance is vitally important to a student’s academic achievement. New research supports the unquestionable link between attendance and student achievement. Students who attend school between 85 and 100 percent of the time pass the state tests in reading and math at much higher rates than students who attend school less than 85 percent of the time.

    Absences: While we understand that children get sick and family emergencies may occur these days still count towards each child’s attendance record.  If for any reason a student misses a day of school, please send in a note with him/her when they return to school. Parent notes are only accepted 10 days a semester, anything over 10 days must be a doctor’s note.

    Tardies: Students are expected to be in class on time (8:30 a.m.). The back gate is locked at 8:30 a.m. Past 8:30 a.m., students are tardy and must be checked in by a parent through the main office. Three tardies or three early check-outs constitute one unexcused absence.

    Early Check-Outs: Academic instruction is Leesburg Elementary’s top priority; therefore, we strongly discourage parents from picking up their child before the instructional day has ended. Parents are encouraged to schedule appointments after school or on early release Wednesdays. However, if a student needs to be checked out early for a doctor’s appointment he/she must be picked up before 2:15 pm each day and 1:15 pm on Wednesday.   There is no exception to this rule.

    Both excused and unexcused absences, along with tardiness and early sign-outs, continue to be counted when determining a student’s pattern of non-attendance. A student has a “pattern of non-attendance” if he or she is absent from school a total of (5 days) in a nine week period. Each time a child is brought to school late or checked-out early it counts towards their attendance. Please remember three tardies or three early check-outs constitute one unexcused absence.

    If a child has unexcused absences, excused absences without acceptable documentation, tardies or early sign-outs that add up to a “pattern of non-attendance,” consequences may be imposed.  Consequences vary for an elementary age student but may lead to the child’s parent being required to appear in court. Attendance Meetings will be held once a student has missed 10% of the school year. Parents are required to attend these meetings.

     

    Total School

    Days

    Amount of absences that equals 10%

     

    Total School

    Days

    Amount of absences that equals 10%

    August 31

    16

    2 days

    January 31

    107

    11days

    September 30

    37

    4 days

    February 28

    126

    13 days

    October 31

    57

    6 days

    March 31

    143

    15 days

    November 30

    73

    8 days

    April 28

    162

    17 days

    December 21

    88

    9 days

    May 24

    180

    18 days

    For example, if your student has 8 days of unexcused absences before October 31, an attendance meeting will be scheduled.