State law requires that all minors attend school full time. Regular attendance is essential to learning and academic success. Attendance is taken each period and is noted in the attendance system. If a student is absent for an unexcused reason, the parent/guardian will receive an automated phone call notifying them. We believe that communication is key to minimize student absence and/or truancy.
Types of Absences:
- Excused: Absences due to illness, doctor or dental appointments, and death in the immediate family (mother, father, live-in relative).
- Unexcused: Absences due to truancy, flat tires, running out of gas, missing the bus, oversleeping, etc.
Absences due to suspension from school will be considered an unexcused absence.
NOTE: Even if a student is 18 years of age, the attendance office reserves the right to verify all absences with a parent/guardian. Excessive absences (more than 10) for illness will require a note from a physician.
Excused Absence(s) Procedures
- All students must clear their unexcused absence(s) within 3 days of the absence. (See above for what is considered an excused absence)
- A parent/guardian may call the Attendance Office at 661-4507 to clear an excused absence. In this manner, a written note is not necessary.
- If you have a note from your parent/guardian, bring it to the Attendance Office before 7:45 a.m., during your lunch, or after school. The note should be signed by your parent/guardian and include your name, dates(s) of absence(s), reason for absence(s), and a current telephone number where your parent/guardian can be reached.
Because attendance is so important for student success in school, PHS discourages routine medical or dental appointments made during school hours.
Underclassmen may lose their senior off-campus (SOC) lunch privileges during their senior year if they are caught off campus during lunch. Seniors may lose their SOC privileges if they are caught transporting underclassmen, arrive late from lunch, or do not return from lunch without following proper procedure
Illness While at School
If a student becomes ill during the day, the student needs to go to the Nurse’s Office so an assessment can be made and notification given if the student is to be sent home. If being sent home, the nurse/authorized staff must check the student out for the day. The parent/guardian or someone listed on the emergency card must check the student in person out at the attendance office.
Students must attend all class periods of school for the day they wish to participate in any extra-curricular activity, whether it be athletics or otherwise. This includes practices, meetings, performances, competitions and games. If a student has In-School Retention on or after the day of the offense, he/she may not participate in any extra-curricular activity for that day.
Early Dismissal/ "Leave of Grounds"
If you have a medical or other appointment that requires you to be released from school early, please follow the process listed below:
Have your parent/guardian phone the Attendance Office at 661-4507, or bring a note prior to the start of school. Be advised that parents/guardians will be called to verify any early dismissal requested by a written note so please ensure that a current phone number is listed.
You will be issued a pass with a time to return to the Attendance Office for your early dismissal. All parents/students need to sign out in the school office before leaving campus.
If you are unable to return to campus within the time allowed on the Early Dismissal, have your parent/guardian call the Attendance Office at 661-4507.
Students identified as having an excessive number of early dismissals will be required to clear future requests with a vice principal.
A medical verification may be required upon return to school. A medical verification will be required on all excessive leave of grounds (5 or more per term).
Because attendance is so important for student success in school, Pioneer High School discourages routine medical or dental appointments made during school hours.