Attendance, Tardiness and Illness

Attendance Policy

Call the school office (765.282.9353) between 7:30 – 8:00 am if your child is to be absent. If an absence is anticipated in advance, please let the school know as soon as possible. 

Student attendance is of paramount importance. It is impossible for our school to fulfill our educational mission if your child is not present. If good attendance habits are formed at a young age, your child has a far better chance of being successful in middle school and high school.

On a typical school day, instruction beings at 8:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm. Students are to attend school each day unless they have a valid excuse (illness, bereavement, medical emergency, therapy, etc.). Please make every effort to have appointments scheduled outside of school hours. If this is impossible, students who miss school time due to medical appointments must present the office with a slip (with date and time) from the medical professional as soon as possible. Students with excused tardies due to medical appointments may still be eligible to receive perfect attendance awards.

Students are not to enter the building before 7:30 am because there is no one available to supervise them. At 7:30 am, students may enter the After-School Care room and stay until classes begin. This service is offered every morning at no charge.

Makeup work should be completed as soon as possible. Teachers will grant one day for each day missed to complete missed work (ex: two days absent = two days to complete missed work).

A written note from the parent is required if a child must leave school before the regular dismissal time.  Students are to be signed out by an adult in the school office.

SLCS students must enter the building through our door on the southwest corner of the school. SLCS students may not enter through any of INSPIRE Academy’s doors, and INSPIRE students should not enter through the SLCS door. Parents who have children at both SLCS and INSPIRE should make two stops.

Student attendance issues are recorded using this classification system:

Tardy:                                    Student was not in their seat at 8:00 am, but was in their seat by 10:00 am

½ AM:                                    Student is absent for the morning, but present for the afternoon (11:30 cutoff)

½ PM:                                    Student is present for the morning, but absent for the afternoon (11:30 cutoff)

Early Dismissal:                 Student left school before dismissal, but was present at 1:00 pm

EXC Absence:                      Student was absent all day and the absence was excused

UNX Absence:                     Student was absent all day and the absence was unexcused

In Indiana, school attendance is compulsory by law (IC 20-33-27). If student absenteeism becomes a significant barrier to a child’s learning, the parents will be reported to Child Protection Services. Criminal charges may be filed against parents if a student is chronically absent without excuse.

 

 

Tardiness

The teachers and staff at SLCS begin educating students at 8:00 am sharp. At 8:00, students should be in their classroom seats and ready for morning procedures, not in the parking lot, at their lockers or in the restroom. Parents are responsible for having their child(ren) in the building by 7:50 am.

Students are marked tardy beginning at 8:00 am, and tardies will be recorded in the school’s attendance database. The exterior door will be locked at 8:00, parents who arrive late are asked to come to the main office and sign in their child. Please do not drop off your child late and drive away.

Attending mass at Saint Lawrence Church is part of the instructional day. On Mass days, a tardy will be issued if your child is not seated in their pew by 8:00 am.

As habitual tardiness can have an adverse impact in a student’s learning, SLCS imposes the following consequences for unexcused tardiness:

Unexcused Tardy 1:        Verbal warning from teacher to student

Unexcused Tardy 2:        Verbal warning from teacher to student

Unexcused Tardy 3:        Verbal warning from teacher to student and a Tardy #3 Slip is sent home

Unexcused Tardy 4:        Student misses one recess on day of tardy

Unexcused Tardy 5:        Student misses one recess on day of tardy

Unexcused Tardy 6:        Student misses one recess on day of tardy

Unexcused Tardy 7:        Student misses one recess on day of tardy and a Tardy #7 Slip is sent home

Unexcused Tardy 8:        Student misses one recess on day of tardy and a Discipline Slip is issued

Every tardy beyond 8:   Student misses one recess on day of tardy and a Discipline Slip is issued

 

Illness

Indiana Department of Health states that students may return to school after illness under the following conditions:

Temperature. Should be below 100°F for 24 hours, without medication, before returning to school

Conjunctivitis (pink eye). If contagious, return to school only after being on antibiotic for 24 hours

Head lice. May return to school after treatment has begun and there are no nits present

Vomiting or Diarrhea. May return to school only after being symptom-free for 24 hours

Chickenpox. All vesicles must be scabbed over and temperature must be below 100°F for 24 hours

Scabies. May return to school after treatment has begun

Ringworm. May return to school after treatment has begun

Open wounds. Must be covered with dressing, child will be sent home if drainage is not contained