The Principal’s Post
Mrs. Valery Fuhrman
Welcome to 2nd semester!
2016-17 Roosevelt Elementary Student Handbook p. 2
Note: The school handbook is available online on the RES page.
Regular and punctual attendance is essential for the optimum growth and development of students. The Iowa Compulsory Attendance law supports the claim. If your student is sick, please keep your child at home, as they will not be able to do their work properly and can also spread their sickness to others in school. If your student is absent from school for any reason, please call the school office by 9:00 a.m. to inform us of the absence. If we do not receive a call from you, an official of the school will call you. This is a safety factor that will help insure the wellbeing of our students.
A student who arrives to the RES classroom after 8:10 a.m. is considered tardy. Tardiness will be documented and parents will receive a reminder letter after being tardy 3 times. If students are tardy more than 5 times, the principal will contact the parent and the student to determine what disciplinary actions will be taken. Student situations will be dealt with on an individual basis. Disciplinary action may include but is not limited to: a warning, further parent contact, private dining (not eating lunch with peers in the lunchroom), assigned detention, conversion of missed time to unexcused absences, or other actions.
A student who arrives at school after 10:00 a.m. is considered absent for one-half day. A student who leaves school before 10:00 a.m. is considered absent for the entire day. A student who leaves before 2:00 p.m. is considered absent for one-half day.
In the event a student cannot make school, the absence would fall under one of the following categories:
Excused absences occur due to an event the student has little or no control over. Examples could include illness, death in the family, and doctor appointments that cannot be scheduled outside the school day. Any absence over three consecutive school days or the fifth excused absence in a quarter will need to be verified through a doctor’s note, or the school nurse, to be excused. Student notes will need to indicate that they were seen by the health care provider the day of the absence and that they have determined that the student is too ill to attend school that day. Without such verification the absence will be deemed as unexcused. Students will have 2 days to notify the office as to the purpose of the absence before it becomes an unexcused absence.
Unexcused absences are those times when a student chooses to do something that falls within the school day that could be scheduled at another time. Examples include haircuts, shopping, working outside the family, senior pictures, and oversleeping. There are some absences that, though excused, are not approved by the school, due to the disruption of the educational process. These categories would include would include working at home and family vacations. Parents will be notified by mail expressing the concern for the number of unexcused absences.
The following steps will taken for unexcused absences:
- Please use the visitor's parking lot (on the west of the building) when dropping off and picking up your child. The front parking lot is for staff and for bus drop off. It becomes a safety issue with children being dropped off or picked up in the front of the building.