Attendance & Procedures
Students are expected to report to class on time and remain for the entire instructional period. The teacher, not the bell, will dismiss students each period. Attendance is taken daily before the end of each period. Excused absences are for approved reasons and with parent notification. Hall passes will NOT be issued during the first 10 minutes.
School begins promptly at 8:10 a.m. and ends at 2:55 p.m. Students arriving to school tardy between 8:10 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. should go directly to their first block class. Students who arrive to school after 8:30 a.m. should report to the Attendance Office immediately upon arrival to obtain a check-in pass. A note or telephone call from a parent/guardian must be provided for a student’s absence or tardy to be considered excused.
24/7 Hour Attendance Line - 703-207- 4019
Examples of Excused Absences/Tardies
- Student Illness
- Medical Appointment- at your return to school please bring a doctor's note
- Death in the family
- Observance of a Religious Holiday
- Prearranged Absence
- Court Appearances
- Unusual Circumstances
Examples of Unexcused Absences/Tardies
- All day truancy, skipped classes, sr. skip days
- Oversleeping/Power outages
- Missing the bus or ride
- Car trouble or traffic problems
- Failure to check-in or check-out
- Other reasons unacceptable to administrator
When it is necessary for a student to be absent from school, the parent must notify the school and explain the absence within 48 hours. The school will classify the absence as excused or unexcused. There is a THREE DAY limit to clear absences after which the absences remain unexcused.Call the automated attendance line to report a student’s absence, leave a voice mail and please include student's ID#. If a call is not made to the attendance line on the date of the absence, a note must be brought from the parent/guardian stating the reason for the absence within 48 hours of the date of return. Please include the following information:
- Correct spelling of student’s legal name
- Student ID# (very important)
- Grade level of the student
- Date(s) of absence
- Reason for the absence
- Parent/legal guardian’s daytime telephone
- Parent/legal guardian’s signature (note only)
NOTE: In accordance with state law and school board policy, any student who is absent for fifteen (15) consecutive school days must be withdrawn from school. Students who have accumulated 5 full-day unexcused absences are referred to Fairfax County’s Truancy Officer. Parents will be requested to attend a meeting with the truancy officer, their student, and the student’s dean.
Departures From School
Students must bring a parent’s note to the attendance office before 8 a.m. on the day of the check out. The note should give the time and the reason for leaving, phone number for verification, and parent/guardian signature. Students must always sign out with parent/guardian permission before leaving school grounds. There are no exceptions to this rule. Leaving school without checking out will result in an unexcused absence in the classes missed.
Check-Out for Early Dismissal due to Illness- Students are to report to the clinic with a pass from their teacher if they are ill during the school day. If the student needs to check-out due to illness, the clinic aide will contact the parents for permission. If the parents/guardians are unavailable, the emergency contacts designated on the emergency care card will be contacted. Only parents/guardians and the emergency contacts may pick up students or authorize clinic staff to release students.
Students who know that they will be absent for more than ONE day must notify the attendance office at least 48 hours in advance of the absence. A pre-arranged absence form will be given to the student, after receiving a written note from parent/guardian identifying the specific reason for the absence. After receiving the pre-arranged form, students will take this form to all of their teachers for signatures and comments. Additionally, the completed form must be submitted to the attendance office prior to the absence. If a student fails to follow this procedure, the absence(s) will be recorded as unexcused.