Attendance Guide

Why is attendance important?

We know that good attendance is important for success at the middle school.  School research shows that attendance has a direct correlation to academic performance.  At ADM, we have also seen a correlation between attendance and performance on standardized tests and district assessments.  Additionally, good attendance is one of the life skills that will help students be successful in future education and in the job market.

The purpose of our attendance policy is not to punish students, but to encourage good attendance.  You have the most influence on your child’s behavior.  But when parents and the school work together, we can have the maximum influence on student attendance.  This guide is designed to answer some frequently asked questions about attendance at the ADM  Middle School.  You will find more detailed information in the Student/Parent Handbook, or you can contact your child’s counselor or the school office if you have additional questions.

Philosophy

It is the educational philosophy of the ADM Community School District that regular attendance by all students at school is essential and cannot be duplicated by other methods.  Students are unable to obtain the maximum opportunities from the educational program offered without attendance at scheduled classes and activities.

Students are expected to be in school and to make attendance a top priority.  Only through consistent attendance and class participation do students achieve the benefits of the education program.  Participating in class discussion, developing an appreciation for the views and abilities of other students, and forming the habit of regular attendance are legitimate class objectives.  Learning lost due to an absence can never be replaced.  Regular attendance and being well prepared for class helps students in school as well as prepares students for adulthood.  Parents who know their child will be absent must notify the office prior to the absence.  If advance notification is not possible, parents must notify the office on the day of the absence prior to 9:00 a.m.

FAQs Regarding Attendance

What do I do if my child is sick?

  • Call the school before 9:00 a.m.  You can always leave a message on the answering service if you call before 7:30 a.m. (it’s on 24/7)
  • A parent may elect to send a note with another child in the family informing us of the absence. If notification is not received, the office attempts to contact the parents at their home/work number.
  • If the child is attending a scheduled appointment, please bring a note from the doctor or other professional.  The absence will not count against the total of ten per semester.

How long does my child have to make up work?

  • One day for each day he/she is gone from school.
  • If the student will be gone for more than two days, you can call the office and get assignments sent home.
  • Work assigned before the student was absent is due when they return.

What should I do if we know in advance that my child will be gone?

  • Send a note to the office as soon as possible.
  • An advanced makeup slip will be used to gather assignments from teachers.
  • Turn in as much work as possible before leaving.

What is the difference between an excused and unexcused absence?

  • Excused absences include, but are not limited to, illness, medical, dental, religious (special services), family emergencies, serious illness or death of a family member, and school activities.
  • Unexcused absences include, but are not limited to, tardiness, shopping, baby-sitting, concerts, preparation or participation in parties or other celebrations.
  • Students are expected to be in class on time. Three tardies to class will result in the student making up one hour of detention.
  • Students will make up the time missed for an unexcused absence during Saturday school.

How many days of school can my child miss?

  • A student who is absent from school ten (10) days per semester is considered to have excessive absenteeism.  A letter from the principal will be sent to parents and the Dallas County Juvenile Court Officer.
  • Once a student has accumulated twelve (12) absences per semester, a meeting will be set up with the principal, parents and the Dallas County Juvenile Court Officer.  If excessive absences continue, the matter will be reported to the Dallas County Attorney’s Office.
  • An absence will not be counted toward the ten (10) day limit if the student/parent provides the school with medical verification from a doctor, dentist, or other medical personnel.  Court related absences would also not count toward the ten (10) day limit when documentation of a court appearance is provided to the office.  Students who need to leave school during the school day must notify the office either with a signed note or a telephone call from parents.
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