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When a student is absent from school, parents are expected to report their absence to the school office or the Attendance Hotline. If we do not hear from a parent or guardian by 9:00 a.m., a phone contact attempt will be made.

Call the Attendance Hotline at 636-733-4285

All absences will be considered unexcused unless verified by a parent either by phone or in writing upon the child's return to school. Please refer to Rockwood School District Attendance Policy 2310 for additional information.

Absence on the Day of an Activity

Students who are absent from school for the entire day on the day of a music performance, drama performance, dance, or any other school-sponsored after school or evening event will not be able to attend or participate in the event without prior administrative approval. Students who are absent from school for a part of the day due to a doctor or dental appointment may attend and participate in activities with a written doctor or dentist note verifying the date and time of the appointment AND with administrative approval.

Early Dismissal

Attendance at school is a critical part of student success. For this reason, we encourage parents to make doctor, dental, or other appointments outside of school hours. If it is necessary to make appointments during the school day, parents should contact the school office with notification of the time and reason for early dismissal. The student will be issued a pass. The pass gives the student permission to leave the classroom at the appropriate time. This will facilitate students being in the office when parents arrive and will avoid interruption of classroom instructional time.

Late Arrivals

Students arriving late to school must sign in at the Welcome Center and receive a pass before reporting to the classroom. Students arriving late to school will be marked absent for the amount of time missed.

Tardy Policy

If a student arrives at school after the 7:47 am bell, office personnel will record the student as excused absence: late to school or unexcused absence: late to school.

Tardiness to classes other than the first class of the day should be handled by teachers as follows:

  • Tardy 1 and 2 - Recorded by the teacher/verbal warning
  • Tardy 3 - Teacher parent contact and optional teacher-assigned detention
  • Tardy 4 - Referral to the office for one lunch detention and parent contact.
  • Tardy 5 - Referral to the office for two lunch detentions and parent contact
  • Tardy 6 - Referral to the office for further consequences/intervention and parent contact

Additional tardiness will result in further consequences/intervention. Tardy count reverts to zero at the end of each quarter.

Make-Up Work

After an absence, it is the student's responsibility to see teachers on the day of return to collect missed work. It is also the responsibility of the student to work with each teacher to determine due dates for any work that was missed due to an absence. When students know that they will be absent, they should contact teachers ahead of time to gather work to complete while they are absent.