Admin

Attendance Policy

Attendance Office 407-956-8302

Attendance Office Clerk: Ms. Marrero 
9th Grade Attendance Dean: Ms. Lafayette
10th Grade Attendance Dean: Ms. Perez
11th Grade Attendance Dean: Mr. Berkes
12th Grade Attendance Dean: Ms. Wolfe

Florida attendance laws and Orange County School Board policy are very specific about the number of days a student may lawfully miss. In accordance with current policies, any student having more than nine (9) unexcused absences during a semester is subject to failing the semester (in full year courses) or failing the course in semester long courses. In accordance with state policies, any student having more than nineteen (19) unexcused absences is subject to failing the entire course. Suspensions, field trips, assemblies and extra-curricular activities do not count toward unexcused absence days in calculating absences. The Principal has statutory waiver discretion, provided students demonstrate mastery of the student performance standards in that course.

Policy:

 Absences in a semester may be excused for students falling into one or more of the following categories:

· Illness, injury or other insurmountable conditions.

· Illness or death of a member of the student’s immediate family.

· Recognized (or established) religious holidays and/or religious instruction.

· Medical appointments.

· Participation in an approved activity or class of instruction held at another school site.

· Prearranged absences of educational value with the Principal’s prior approval.

· Head lice infestation (up to four (4) days during the school year).

· Mandatory court appearances.

· In-school suspensions and Out of school suspensions are excused.

· If a student is repeatedly absent from school due to illness, the school may require the parent or guardian to provide a written Physician’s statement for subsequent absences.

If a student is not in class, the student is absent and will be marked absent. Students are allowed the number of days absent, plus one (1) day to make up class assignments upon returning to school. Makeup assignments and tests are the student’s responsibility to arrange with the teacher. Unexcused absences may eliminate any credit for makeup work. Written notices will be sent to parents/guardians of students having five (5) unexcused absences.

Attendance Reporting and Drivers License

Students under the age of eighteen (18) with more than nine (9) unexcused absences for the school year will be reported to the school Social Worker.

 

Students under the age of eighteen (18) with more than fifteen (15) absences for the school year will be reported to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) as a habitual truant.

 

Students between the ages of fourteen (14) and eighteen (18) with fifteen (15) unexcused absences (within one ninety (90) period) will be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The DMV can suspend the Drivers License of a student that falls into this category.

Early Release

Students are not allowed to sign-out early on the days of special programs, i.e. assemblies, testing, etc. Students will attend the special program or will remain in class until dismissal.

Homework Requests

When a student is going to be absent more than five days in a row, arrangements can be made to collect homework assignments by contacting the Attendance Office at 407-816-5693. A 24-hour turn-around time is required to obtain the assignments from each teacher. Assignments can be picked up in the guidance office after the 24-hour period. For absences of fewer than three days, students should contact individual teachers as soon as they return to school.

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