The School Day
The school day starts at 8:05 AM and ends at 3:05 PM. We strongly recommend arriving at school at least ten minutes prior to the tardy bell (8 :05 AM) to ensure adequate time to gather materials and arrive in class on time.
According to the Iowa Code, it is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their students attend school. Regular attendance and punctuality are vital to academic success. Students are expected to attend classes regularly and to be on time in order to receive maximum benefit from the instructional program and to minimize the disruptions to the educational process for all students. Students who have good attendance records are more likely to achieve higher grades, enjoy school life to a greater degree, and create habits of punctuality that will serve them well after they leave school.
However, there are times when students must miss school. Some of these absences will be unanticipated such as illness, death in the immediate family, or a student being needed at home for an emergency situation. For unanticipated absences the parent/ guardian should call the school between 7:30 AM and 8:30 AM and explain the reason that his/her child will not be in school that day. Some absences will be anticipated, such as funerals, medical appointments, family trips, and school trips. For anticipated absences, a written note, e-mail, or telephone call explaining the absence should come to the school from the student’s parent/guardian at least one day before the absence will occur. Any absence that is not explained in a note or phone call will result in a detention (except at the elementary school) equaling the time of the absence.
Missing school for any reason impacts a student’s ability to successfully complete work and learn the material necessary to be successful for the remainder of the school year and in future school years.
Absences for any reason will be addressed as follows:
- Eight absences in a given school year will result in a letter to parents indicating the number of absences and explaining the importance of regular attendance.
- Fifteen absences in a given school year will result in a meeting with parents, the guidance counselor or principal, juvenile court officer (as needed), and the student. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the reason for absences, the possible consequences of the absences, and to determine whether or not the absences warrant a referral to the county attorney.
A tardy is defined as arrival to class/study hall after the published start time. Arrival more than fifteen minutes after the period begins will be considered an absence. Any student arriving at school after the school day has started should report to the office immediately upon his/her arrival at school to record the time of arrival and the reason for being late. Students who are tardy will be addressed as follows:
- 4th-7th Tardy per quarter will result in detention (except at the elementary) and a letter to parents after the 4th tardy indicating the number of times the student has been tardy and explaining the importance of being on-time to classes.
- 7th Tardy per quarter will result in a student meeting with the principal to discuss violation of the mandatory attendance laws.
- 8th Tardy per quarter will result in a meeting with parents, the guidance counselor or principal, juvenile court officer, and the student. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the reason for tardiness, the possible consequences of continued tardiness, and to determine whether or not the tardiness warrants a referral to the county attorney.
Students who know they will be absent from school should contact teachers of each class and make-up all work in a timely manner. Work completed after a return to school may be considered late. Failure to comply with this rule may result in the absence being treated as unexcused.
Leaving School During School Hours
When a student must leave the school premises during the school day, he/she must obtain permission and sign out in the office. If a student arrives at school after the school day has begun, he/she should report immediately to the office to notify office personnel of his/her presence. In both of these cases, students are responsible to report to the office personally and not depend upon others to fulfill these duties. Failure to follow proper procedure may result in loss of privileges, the assignment of detention time, or suspension from school.