• Attendance

    Because of Kansas Statute KSA 72-1111, the compulsory attendance law, and because attendance has a direct effect on academic achievement, we expect students to attend school daily. Pupils who know in advance that they must miss school for urgent and unavoidable reasons should contact the school and make arrangements for advance assignments. It is the pupil’s responsibility to see that all work has been made up in the allotted time which by BOE policy is the number of days absent plus one.

    1. Parents are to call by noon if the student is ill and not coming to school.
    2. Students needing to leave school during the day must be signed out through the office by a parent or emergency contact. If s/he returns to school during the same day, the student should check back into the office to get an Admit-toClass slip before returning to class.
    3. If a student arrives at school after 8:00 a.m., the parent is expected to contact the office regarding the reason for the student’s late arrival. Tardies are excused for late buses, medical appointments, funeral, or required appearances in court. Documentation must be provided in order to receive an excused admit slip (white). Students who arrive late to school for any reasons not listed above will be given an unexcused admit slip (pink) and will be issued a school consequence. (See Tardy Policy on the next page for more details.)
    4. Absences will only be excused for illness, doctor or dentist appointments or for family death or serious illness.
    5. If a student is to be absent for a long period of time because of illness or the parent knows in advance their child will be absent for several days for urgent and unavoidable reasons, the parent will need to complete a “Request to be Absent” form in the office prior to the absence.
    6. Excessive absences (more than 12 days total) will require a doctor’s note for all future absences or will be considered unexcused and subject to regular truancy procedures.
    7. Upon reaching three consecutive unexcused days, five nonconsecutive unexcused days in a semester, or seven or more unexcused days total, the student will be referred to either Department of Children and Families’ Truancy Unit or the District Attorney’s office.
    8. Any student who is to be excused from Physical Education classes must have a written excuse from the doctor.
    9. When a parent wants a student excused before the end of the day, the parent should write a note stating the time and reason the student should be excused. The student needs to bring that note to the office before school and exchange it for a pink slip, which he/she will show to the teacher when it is time to leave. This procedure is much more effective than calling in the information or simply coming to the office. Your child can meet you in the office rather than you waiting for a message to be delivered to your student. We will then ask you to sign your child out.

     

    Tardies

    All Wichita middle school students are expected to arrive at school on time each day. Students who are not in class after the final bell has rung are considered tardy and expected to report to the main entrance (8:00 AM to 8:20 AM) or office to sign in and receive an admit slip. Students will be given excused admit slips for late arrival for the following reasons: late buses medical appointments, funeral, or required appearances in court. Documentation must be provided in order to receive an excused admit slip (white). Students who arrive late to school for any reasons not listed above will be given an unexcused admit slip (pink) and will be issued a school consequence/intervention. We do understand that things outside of our control do occasionally happen so each student is allowed two “free” tardies per quarter before consequences/interventions will be given.

     

    Passing periods are five minutes each. Students who are not inside the threshold of the classroom door when the bell rings and who do not have a valid pass and/or permission are tardy. All students will begin with zero tardies at the beginning of each quarter (9 weeks).

    • Tardy 1-Teacher warning
    • Tardy 2- Teacher Warning & parent contact
    • Tardies 3 to 5 – Lunch Detention & Teacher contacts Parent or Guardian
    • Tardies 6 or more* – After School Detention (assigned by Administration) & Administration contacts Parent / Guardian

     

    *Consequences for excessive tardies are at the discretion of Administration and may include after school detentions, in-school suspension, parent meeting and suspension for defiance.