Elementary School Attendance Policy
Tardy & early dismissal policy

“Tardy” is defined as 15 minutes after the official start of the day.

“Early departure” is defined as a departure any time prior to the scheduled end of the school day.


Tardies and early departures will be treated in a manner similar to absences. For elementary and intermediate school students, 4 tardies and/or early departures will constitute 1 unexcused absence.


Parent Portal absence codes

When using the Parent Portal via PowerSchool to view absences, the following codes will be used pertaining to attendance:

UA - Absent

UAC - Absent/Parental Contact

ED - Early Dismissal

T – Tardy


Principal review

At the elementary level, a total of 10 absences, whether excused or unexcused, will require a review by the principal. At the discretion of the principal, after consultation with the school nurse, each future absence beyond 10 may require a doctor’s note. At 10 absences, whether excused or unexcused, the principal may refer the situation to the school’s Early Intervention Team.


Possible retention

For the elementary school level, students absent more than 20 days each school year shall be seriously considered for retention, unless the Early Intervention Team, which may include principals, teachers and other appropriate staff members, determines that the student is eligible for advancement to the next grade. These absences include all legitimate illness absences and any or all other reasons a student may have for staying home or a parent may have for keeping a student home. Evidence of extraordinary illness must include statements from a physician. Appeals should be made in writing to the building principal.