Attendance Policy

    1. Student attendance is very important at Winter Park High School. This is why we expect students to be in attendance every day, all day.

    2. Student absences will be recorded as unexcused, until the parent provides a written notice within 48 hours of the student’s return to school. Notes received after the 48 hour notice will not be honored. Not all absences are excused, even if the parent sends a note. Class work will not be made up or graded unless the absence is excused by a note turned into the attendance offi ce within 48 hours of the absence. We no longer accept the reporting of absences via phone calls, emails, and faxes. Notes from a doctor’s offi ce, however, are acceptable if they are sent from the doctor’s fax number. All notes have to be written and submitted with a parent signature and valid phone number for verifi cation purposes.

    3. Make-up work, including quizzes and tests, will only be accepted from students with excused absences. The time limit for completion of make-up work is equal to the number of days absent, plus one.

4. Not all absences are excused. Merely providing a note is not enough to excuse an absence. The reason provided on the note must be considered before granting the excused absence. Absences will be excused for the following reasons:

a. Illness or injury
b. Illness or death of a member of the student’s immediate family
c. Recognized religious holidays and/or religious instruction
d. Medical or dental appointments
e. Pre-arranged absences of educational value with the Principal’s prior approval.

5. Students between the ages of 6 and 18 are required to attend school. Each parent or guardian of a child within compulsory attendance age is responsible for the child’s attendance.

6. Students who are not in their assigned class at the beginning of each period shall be considered tardy. Students who are absent more than 3 class periods in a school day are considered absent for the entire day.

7. If a student is repeatedly absent from school, the school is authorized to require the parent/ guardian to provide a written physician’s statement for subsequent absences to be considered excused.

8. In accordance with state law. No student will be awarded course credit if the student has more than 10 UNEXCUSED ABSENCES in that course unless mastery of the student performance standards is demonstrated in hat course of study through a comprehensive exam with a passing score.

9. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is automatically notifi ed via computer when a student has 15 days of unexcused absences from school in 90 days. The student’s driver’s license is then suspended until the student attends school for 30 consecutive days.


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