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SMS ATTENDANCE POLICIES

Regular school attendance is essential to student achievement and effective school organization and performance.  Students are expected to attend school regularly. Any absence shall require a note from a parent/guardian stating the reason for absence. The note should accompany the student on the date he/she returns back to school.

Conditions under which absences from school may be excused include:
  • Student's personal illness. (A statement from a physician may be required.)
  • Illness in the family requiring the temporary help from the student. (A statement from a physician may be required.)
  • Death in the family (up to three days).
  • Absence due to a school approved activity.
  • Observance of recognized religious holidays.
  • Genuine emergencies as approved by the principal.
Students absent for more than ten days during a school year may lose credit for the entire school year.  When a student returns to school after an adsence, a note of explanation from the parent, guardian, physician, or other health provider, must be submitted.  This note should be given to the attendance clerk.