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 a student is late or absent due to illness or a medical/dental appointment, the parent should notify the office so the tardy or absence will be excused.
Absences are considered excusable only if:
1. The student is sick and the parent has notified the school.
2. Court appearance
3. A medical or dental appointment
4. There is a death in the immediate family.
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.
2. 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.
4. Students must be in class a minimum of 80% of class time in order to earn credit. A student who is absent to class more than 20% of the time (9 absences/quarter) for any reason (excused or unexcused) will lose semester grade and credit in that class. All absences, except school sponsored activities or an extended illness are included.
ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS
•Block periods count as two class periods.
•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.