Regular attendance is vital for your child’s academic success! Students are required by law to be present for the majority of the school day to count as an attendance day. Early dismissals count as unexcused absences unless a doctor’s note or a court document is turned into the office.Five unexcused absences in any given class will result in an automatic attendance referral.

Excuses for Absences

There are six legal reasons for excusing a child from school according to the Hamilton County School Board Policy:

1. The child’s personal illness

2. Death in the family (not to exceed 3 days)

3. Illness in family requiring child to assist in care (physician’s statement is required).

4. Recognized religious holidays regularly attended by persons of that faith

5. Personal: dental, doctor, court etc. with proof of appointment

6. School sponsored activities

East Lake Academy Policy

  • Parents are contacted after each absence by the attendance clerk or designee.
  • An automatic computer referral to the social worker is made after 5 unexcused absences resulting in a mandatory attendance hearing.

If a student is absent for any reason, they must bring a note signed by the parent or doctor showing student’s name, reason for absence, the date of the absence and a home phone number. This is to be given to the attendance clerk and the child will show the copy to each classroom teacher.

Attendance Appeals

A committee will determine the effect that absences have on a student’s grade after 5 absences in any given nine week period. The committee at Eas tLake shall consist of the social worker, grade level teachers, the guidance counselor, an administrator, and the student and guardian.

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