Absences for any reason are disruptive to the educational process. Regular school attendance is vital for continuous academic growth. Absences from school, except for health reasons, should be kept to a minimum. We appreciate your efforts in scheduling vacations and appointments before or after school or on days when school is not in session. Should a vacation last longer than 15 days, the child will be unenrolled. When the child returns from the extended vacation, the parent must show two current bills to re-enroll their child.
Communication from families is essential in maintaining accurate records of required school attendance. If absences become chronic (5% or more of the school year) or if your child misses several days of school for an illness, a note from a doctor may be required for the absences to be excused. If notes from a doctor are not received, your child could be considered truant thus resulting in administration working with the school resource officer to remedy the situation.
Parents are to call the absence line (847-357-5776) between 4:00 PM and 8:00 AM to report their child’s absence or late arrival. The child’s name, your name, teacher, reason for absence, and date(s) of the absence(s) are needed. When no call is received, the school will follow up on children who are absent using contact information and preferences provided by the family.
Students missing more than 150 minutes of instructional time will be recorded as absent for a full day.
Please note, students who are absent will not be allowed to attend or participate in after-school/evening activities on the day of their absence. Additionally, students must be in attendance for at least half of the day to attend or participate in after-school/evening activities on that day.
A student arriving after school has begun must report to the office before going to class. If the student is more than five minutes late, a parent or guardian must come into the office to sign their student in. Tardiness is a form of truancy. Students who are tardy twenty or more days may be referred to the Cook County Truancy Officer resulting in administration working with the school resource officer to remedy the situation. District 54 Truancy Policy