Together, we can make sure students are in school to ensure future success in school and after graduation.
It is important for students to be on time. Students should prevent being late to the classrooms. Students are considered present when they are where they should be when the bell rings. Students who are late will be marked tardy throughout the day by the teacher. If the student is tardy at the beginning of the day, they must report to the school office before going to class.
Attendance Taken and Notified
Elementary schools will take attendance at the beginning of the day. If a student is marked absent without parent notification, a robocall will be called to the number on file with the corporation reporting the absence to the parent/guardian. A robocall is not sent if the parent has already reported the absence with the school.
Intermediate and high schools will take attendance at the start of each class. If a student is marked absent without parent notification, a robocall will be called to the number on file with the corporation reporting the absence to the parent/guardian. A robocall is not sent if the parent has already reported the absence with the school.
The parent/guardian is required to report all absences of their child(ren) to the corporation in a timely fashion. The parent call call the school to clear attendance issues by the end of day or provide a handwritten note within three (3) days of the absence. Any absences not provided a notice will be marked unexcused/unverified.
Stay Informed about Attendance
The first step to stay informed in student attendance is to make sure you can access Jupiter Ed. Jupiter is where all grades and attendance are stored. You can also sign up to receive attendance notifications via email in Jupiter and check 24/7 the current status of your child's attendance. If there are any errors, please contact the school as soon as possible.
You can also be informed by reaching out to teachers and seeing how we can be good partners in ensuring success.
Finally, the best way to be informed is knowing the proper way to report any absences. Also make sure that the contact information we have currently is correct, and update your information with us when necessary.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Does an verified (excused) absence count as an absence?
Yes, the verified absence shows that the parent/guardian reported the absence and reason to the school. Doing this means they are not considered truant. But, verified (excused) and unverified (unexcused) absences are both considered absent.
Is calling the school the same as writing a note?
Both are acceptable forms of verifying the absence. All reports must be done by the parent/guardian in a timely fashion. Email notifications are not acceptable.
What are the consequences for being tardy or having unverified absences?
Being late to the classroom three (3) or more times can result in disciplinary actions. Unverified absences can result in severe disciplinary actions under the Board of Education policy including reporting absences to the Department of Child Services.