At Lincoln High School attendance is extremely important. Research shows that regular attendance has a direct correlation to a child’s academic success. Students need to be in every class every day to benefit from the teacher’s instruction, the interaction with peers and the exchange of ideas that leads to a more in-depth understanding of content. The intent of Lincoln High School’s attendance policy is to encourage consistent attendance from each student so that can meet their academic potential.
The expectations for students at Lincoln High School are to:
* Attend classes regularly.
* Be on time when reporting to school and to classes.
* Make up all work missed due to an absence or tardy in order to not miss the learning opportunity.
* Use FLEX to make up assignments, labs, classwork missed during an absence.
Parents who monitor attendance closely increase the likeliness of success for their students. You can help by:
* Encourage your child to become involved in a club, sport or campus activity. Students that are involved and connected to their school have fewer absences!
* Being informed about attendance polices.
* Sending a written note to school with your student following an absence. (Remember to include: Student's name, ID number, Date(s) of absence and time if the student is gone for part of the day. Reason for absence and Signature of the parent/guardian with a current contact phone number)
* Excusing your child for illness, doctor, dental and family emergency.
* Check Synergy regularly to monitor your students attendance as well as academic progress.
* Make sure the school has your accurate daytime contact information, including cell phone number and/or e-mail address.
* Communicate often with your child’s teachers.
* Make the school aware of any problems that may be causing your child to miss school.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What do I need to do if I am absent?
The first day that you return, be sure to bring a note from a parent, doctor, etc. to the Attendance Office.
Notes should clearly list the student’s name, ID number, the date(s) of absence, and the reason for absence. Notes must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Also be sure to talk with your teachers about the work you have missed. You will only have a limited amount of time to make up that work.
What do I need to do if I am arriving late or leaving early?
Students needing to leave before the end of the school day must present a note from a parent/guardian to the Attendance Office. This note must include a date, time, the student’s name, and the reason for leaving Students who return to school before the day is over must sign back in. Otherwise, they are marked absent for the rest of the day. Additionally, failing to sign out properly could result in disciplinary action.
Students who arrive to school late must sign in at the office. Please also note that if half of the class is missed, the student will be marked absent for the entire class period.
What makes an absence excused or unexcused?
Excused absence means that the parent or guardian provided an excusable reason for the absence in writing either prior to the absence or within three days after the student’s return to class.
Most unexcused absences are the result of students not bringing notes for their absences within the three-day window.
Why am I getting letters and phone calls about my absences?
Each evening automated phone calls will be made to parent to notify them of any student absences. These call are for notification purposes; a return call is not required or helpful. Please make sure to submit the phone number that you prefer to have receive these automated phone calls. Cell phone numbers may be used for this purpose – parents should contact Jennifer Herbst to have a number added to the auto-dialer.
In the event that your child has accrued a significant number of absences, has a drastic change in attendance or is missing one (or more) classes routinely you will be contacted by a teacher, a counselor or an administrator. The intent is to ensure that parents are aware of their students attendance record, identify any issues that may be keeping the student from class and to work cooperatively together to remedy the situation.
What if a significant attendance problem arises?
Before a chronic problem arises the attendance team in room 104, counselors and administrators will work with the students and parents to identify the issues behind these absences and work to alleviate the problem. These interventions may include phone calls, parent conferences, attendance contracts, closed campus, in-school suspension and/or Saturday school.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
Attendance Office - Jennifer Herbst, JHerbst@pps.net
Managing Attendance: click here to get instructions on how to manage attendance, concerns, leave early or late arrivals.