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(571) 377-7037 Attendance Voicemail for absences
Mr. Lawrence Gilligan
Excusing an Absence:
We have created an attendance message phone line specific to excusing full-day absences. You may reach the attendance line by dialing (571) 377-7037. Please note that written notification is required in addition to leaving a message for Manassas City Public Schools High School students. All notes require a parent/guardian signature and should be turned in to the attendance assistant located in the main office.
Unexcused Absences and Tardies:
If a student is absent for more than 5 consecutive days a doctor’s note is required to excuse the absences. Parents/guardians will be contacted about their student’s unexcused tardy or absence each day via an automated call to the phone number we have on record.
Automated Phone Calls:
Attendance is taken during each block. If a student is marked Unexcused Absent or Unexcused Tardy to any block during the day, a phone call notification of the absence will be generated automatically. If you believe the absence is a mistake, please contact the teacher directly via email. You may identify the class your student was marked absent in through your PowerSchool account (Parent/Student PowerSchool Login).
Authorization to allow a student to leave school premises before 3:15 p.m. should be requested in person (identification card required). Authorization for students to leave school premises unaccompanied must be made in writing by a parent/guardian. A phone call requesting a student be released early is insufficient. Only parents/guardians and those individuals listed as emergency contacts in PowerSchool are authorized to request release/pick up a student from school. This includes students 18 years of age and older.
Attendance Policy (from the student handbook):
Students are required to attend school until the age of 18 unless released through the application of procedures in the Virginia Code or School Board Policy. While enrolled in school, students may not “skip” school or classes or leave school without permission. Students are to be on time for school and classes.
- Students are required to attend all classes on their schedule each day. Students who choose not to attend school on a regular basis will be considered truant. This is a violation of Virginia law. If the student is under 18 years of age, the attendance officer may file a complaint with the juvenile and domestic relations court alleging the student is a child in need of supervision and/or initiate legal proceedings against the parent/guardian. All absences will be classified as unexcused until written documentation is provided.
- After 15 consecutive days of absence without approved Home-bound or Home-based Instruction, a student will be withdrawn from school, must be re-enrolled by a parent/guardian, and a referral may be made to the juvenile and domestic relations court.
- The School Board recognizes the right of students to be released from class to participate in religious activities and observances in accordance with School Board Policy. Absence from school for religious observances that are verified by the parent/guardian will be excused.
- Building administrators have the authority to assign consequences other than out-of-school suspension to students for violations of this section of the Student Code of Conduct. In no case may sufficient cause for suspension include only instances of truancy.
School Board Policy JED-M, JEA, JEA-R, JHCCA-E
Facts About Chronic Absenteeism
*Students have to be present and engaged in order to learn.
*Common sense and research suggest that being in school consistently is important to ensuring children gain a strong foundation for subsequent learning.
*Research shows that children, regardless of gender, socioeconomic status or ethnicity, lose out when they are chronically absent (that is, they miss nearly a month of school or more over the course of a year).
*It’s difficult for the teacher and the class to build their skills and progress if a large number of students are frequently absent.
*In addition to falling behind in academics, students who are not in school on a regular basis are more likely to get into trouble with the law and cause problems in their communities.
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