Puget Sound Adventist Academy

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Attendance

Attendance

SCHOOL HOURS

The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m. On Friday, dismissal is at 1:50 p.m. Students should be picked up or leave campus after school is dismissed unless they are involved in after-school activities. The school is not responsible for the after-school supervision of your child. Any student still on campus after 5:00 p.m. on regular school days, who is not involved in an after-school activity will be escorted to and signed into the KSDA after-school care program in the cafeteria and charged the regular after school supervision rates. The KSDA after-school supervision ends at 6:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and at 4:00 pm. on Friday. Students still on campus after the end of regular after-school supervision will be charged a fee of $1.00 per minute until they are picked up.

 

ABSENCES AND TARDINESS

The faculty and administration of Puget Sound Adventist Academy believe that optimum learning is a result of maximum class attendance. Therefore, excellent attendance is expected of all students since being present and on time are important life skills. We further believe that repeated tardiness diminishes the importance of punctuality in the mind of the student.

Students are expected to be at school on time each day. When the morning bell rings, they are to be prepared to enter the classroom on time with their classmates. This is an important time when teachers make announcements and have worship and prayer with their students. Students entering late not only miss out on this important aspect of the school experience, they also disrupt the class.

Students who arrive late must report to the school office; where they will receive a late slip. If the student brings a note from a parent or guardian requesting an excuse for legitimate reason the tardy slip will indicate an excused tardy. However, students arriving late without a valid written excuse will not have their tardy excused.

Absences are considered excusable only if:

1.  The student is sick and designated so in writing by the parent.

2.  Court appearance

3.  The student has a medical or dental appointment during school hours and provides evidence of the appointment.

4.  There is a death in the immediate family.

5.  There are extenuating circumstances that have been approved by school administration prior to the absence.

6.  School-sponsored activity

 

The following attendance procedures will be adhered to:

1.  Should a student be tardy or absent excessively, the classroom teacher and/or school administrator will contact the parent(s) to discuss the need for improvement.

  •   A student’s attendance record will be reflected on the grade report form.
  •   A student with poor attendance will be subject to a progressive process of discipline, counseling, and intervention until the problem is resolved. Poor attendance may subject the student to loss of participation privileges for extra curricular activities, off-campus trips, detention, etc. Those who fail to respond to intervention may be asked to withdraw from school.
  •   A student who is absent more than 20 percent of the school days (including excused absences) in any period may forfeit his grade for that period, unless the work missed is satisfactorily made up. If absences exceed this standard, the student may be asked to repeat a grade.

 

ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS

• Students who miss class because of school functions, such as sports or music tours, are not counted as absent from any class periods they miss. They are technically at school.

• A single absence is recorded if a student misses more than 10 minutes of a single class period or between 10 to 20 minutes of a block class period. A double absence occurs after 20 minutes of a block class period.

  • Students are expected to be in class when the tardy bell rings. A tardy is recorded when a student arrives to class less than 10 minutes late, or has to leave class less than 10 minutes early.  Three tardies in any one class will be counted as one absence, which counts towards the allowable absence limit for the semester.
  • Students who are anticipating having to miss school are expected to inform the teachers and school of their plans by completing a Pre-Arranged Absence Form available from the school office; students must make up all work missed due to absences as determined by the classroom teacher.
  • Students and parents are encouraged to check Renweb to keep updated on current grades and attendance.