Attendance Policy

Students are required to be seated in their Advisory class by 8:45 am. All excused absences are documented with a parent note. Upon returning to school, each student must present a written verification form from their parent/guardian and provide it to the Attendance Counselor, regarding the cause of an absence.

DCPS policy provides the following reasons for a student’s excused absence:

  • Illness of the student
  • Student medical appointment
  • Death in the student's immediate family
  • Necessity for a student to attend a judicial proceeding as a plaintiff, defendant, witness, or juror
  • Observance of religious holiday
  • Lawful suspension or expulsion from school by school authorities
  • Temporary closing of facilities due to severe weather, official activities, holidays, etc.
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