Good attendance is important for many reasons. Your child receives the maximum benefit of education by being in school every day, and numerous studies show a definite link between academic performance and consistent attendance. While perfect attendance is the goal, we realize that sometimes absences may be unavoidable. Parents and students are both responsible to make sure that students are present, on time, every day that this is possible.
An absence may be excused for the following reasons, when a parent note is presented:
- Illness (if ill for 3 days in a row, a note from the Dr.’s office is required)
- Medical treatment (A note from the Dr.’s office is required)
- College visit (juniors and seniors only). A letter from the college is required to excuse the absence.
- Death in the immediate family
Other extenuating circumstances must be presented to the Head of School or Dean of Students for approval to be excused.
Vacation is never an excused absence, and students and parents must plan accordingly for students to be in school through the end of final exams each semester.
NOTE: Absence notes must be received by the office within three days of the student returning to school, or the student will permanently be marked unexcused.
Unexcused absences include accumulated tardies (5 tardies = 1 unexcused absence) or any absence not covered under excused absence reasons listed above. If a student is marked “unexcused, absent” for 5% of school days, they will not receive credit for courses taken during that semester. For most semesters, that will be 4 or 5 days per semester. (Spring Semester 2016 will be a 5 absence limit)
Once a student reaches the limit of unexcused absences, parents will be notified via U.S. mail with a list of the absences.
At the end of a semester, Chicago Hope Academy may choose to institute credit restoration sessions during which students will be able to make up for one unexcused absence by attending a three hour session. There will be a fee incurred for each session. These sessions must be completed prior to the end of the semester.
Two weeks prior to the end of the semester, students will be notified of the number of sessions they must attend in order to receive credit, the dates and times of the sessions, and the cost per session. Absences/tardies accrued after the notification may require additional time to be served.
If students choose not to attend the sessions as instructed, they will receive a grade of “64,” indicating an attendance failure.