As we start the second semester, we would like to review Attendance Procedures for South Carroll High School.
Attendance - Absences
SCHS requires verification of every student absence. Verification must be made by parent / guardian (students are not permitted to report their own absences). Absences may be reported by a written note, fax, email, or phone call before 9:00 am to the front office. Verification should include the following: student’s name, student’s grade, date, and reason for absence. Absences not verified within 5 days will be considered as unlawful and will be coded as unexcused. (Please note Athletic and Extracurricular Activities policy for absences).
Fax – 410-751-3587
Attendance – Tardiness to School
All students must be in their seats Mod 1, 7:30 am (warning bell is 7:25 am). Students tardy to Mod 1 or after will report to the front office for a late pass. A note or call to the school from a parent / guardian should accompany all tardiness. A note does not necessarily excuse the tardy. (Please note Athletic / Extracurricular activities policy for tardiness). Multiple unexcused tardiness may be subject to disciplinary action.
Attendance – Early Dismissal from School
Students who need to be excused before the regular dismissal time (2:20 pm) should bring a note to the front office before Mod 1 and will receive an early dismissal pass. Notes should include the students name, reason for the dismissal, the date, time of dismissal, parent name and contact phone number. At the early dismissal time the student will present the pass to the teacher for their initials, then go to the front office to sign out. All students must sign out in the front office before leaving and must sign back in through the front office when returning from a dismissal.
Occasionally a same day early dismissal arises. Please call the school to request the dismissal.
Please do not send early dismissal requests to the SCHAttendance email.
(Please note Athletic / Extracurricular activities policy for early dismissals).
Attendance – Vacations
It is strongly recommended that parents plan vacation for times when school is not in regular session. It is recognized, however, that occasionally students are absent for necessary important family activities. When this occurs, prior written notification from a parent / guardian is to be approved by an administrator. (A vacation form is on the school website or can be picked up in the front office).
Even though absence may be excused, students are required to make-up work missed during this time. Some schoolwork missed, such as class participation or laboratory experiments, does not lend itself to make-up. Missing such assignments may also affect the student’s grade. All absences will apply to the school’s attendance policy and may result in the denial of course credit. A vacation form can be printed
Attendance - College Visits
Juniors and Seniors will be allowed three college visits per school year with no absence charges with a written note from a parent / guardian 24 hours in advance of the visit. (Email, written or faxed).
Attendance – Learner’s Permit Attendance Form
As of October 1, 2007, the Maryland Motor Vehicle (MVA) requires all applicants under the age of 16 to demonstrate an acceptable level of school attendance. Please refer to the MVA site www.marylandmva.gov or the Maryland State Departments of Education’s Web site. www.maryland publicschools.org/msde. SCHS also has this form available on the homepage under forms. The top portion of the form should be completely filled out by the applicant / guardian before SCHS can verify attendance.
As a reminder – Parents can view student attendance on Home Access Center