Florida law requires that schools determine excused and unexcused absences on a daily basis. Diligent attendance is crucial for academic success and strict adherence to the following guidelines is essential.

If a student is repeatedly absent due to illness, the school is authorized to require the parent or guardian to provide a written physician's statement for each subsequent absence to be considered excused.

1. Oak Ridge High School will make every effort to notify parents upon the 5th unexcused absence.

2. All absences will be marked unexcused until a written notice is received from the parent within 48 hours after returning to school. All absence notes are to be submitted to the Attendance Office and NOT to the teachers.

3. It is permissible to excuse a student for the following reasons only:

(a) Illness, injury, or other insurmountable condition
(b) Illness or death of a member of the student's immediately family
(c) Recognized (or established)religious holidays and/or religious instruction
(d) Medical appointments
(e) Participation in an approved activity or class of instruction held at another site
(f) Prearranged absences of educational value with the principal's prior approval
(g) Head lice infestation (up to four days during the school year
(h) Catastrophic disasters that significantly impact the life of the student (e.g. loss of residence from natural disaster).

4. Students will be responsible for make-up work according to their teachers' instructions. School Board Policy allows one day for each day missed.

5. Each student is required to enroll in courses for a full day. Only the principal is able to grant a waiver for a partial school day.

6. Students must have a parent/guardian permission to sign out from the Attendance Office. Only adults identified at the time of registration or by written update will be allowed to sign students out. Attendance Office will only call the phone numbers on screen three (3) of the mainframe. If the numbers are not updated the parent or guardian has to come to the Attendance Office with a valid form of identification for changes to be made. Students cannot update numbers or contact information on the mainframe contact list.

7. If a student has to leave early and a parent sends a note we will have to verify it by phone: if we are unable to verify by the information phone the student will not be allowed to leave.

8.Students will not be allowed to sign-out before 1st period ends or after 6th period begins unless one of the following conditions apply:
- the absence is pre-arranged and the parent is here to pick up the student,
- or there is an emergency as determined by an Administrator.

9. Students are not allowed to sign-out early on the days of special programs i.e. assemblies. Students will attend the program or remain in class.

10. On testing days such as FCAT and/or finals, students should remain in the classroom until released by the bell or announcement. Parents should refrain from picking up students early during such days. If a test is in progress the Attendance Office cannot call the room until every student in that class is done, the only exceptions will be emergencies. In case of an emergency an administrator will be notified and he or she will react accordingly.

11. Doctor appointments should be scheduled during non-school hours when possible to avoid missing class instruction.

12. Written notices will be sent to parents/guardians of students having five or more absences.

13. Attendance will be taken by period. If a student is not in class, the student is absent.


Attendance/Tardy to School

A student who is not in his/her first assigned class at the beginning of each school day shall be considered tardy. Students arriving after the bell are tardy. By School Board Policy all tardies to School are unexcused. Five tardies to school count as an absence for truancy purposes.

Students arriving after
the tardy bell will report to the Attendance Office to receive a tardy pass.

Students who are late to class will be responsible to the teacher in that class. Teachers are expected to begin class on time and develop procedures that will encourage students to be on time. Teachers will notify parents and take other measures to encourage students. Students who continue to be late to a class or classes after the parent have been notified and teacher action has been proven ineffective will be considered in open defiance of school policy and subject to In School Suspension (ISS) or Out of School Suspension (OSS).


Student Driver License & Unexcused Absences

Students with 15 or more unexcused absences within a 90 calendar day period will be reported to the DMV, and the student's driver's license will be suspended. Letters of suspension will originate from the DMV and be sent to the student's home address. Students within 23 days of their 18th birthday are exempt from being reported.

Can the student get their driver's license reinstated?
Reinstatement shall be initiated by the student by submission of written verification that he or she has been in compliance for 30 days prior to the request for verification of compliance. Compliance starts on the first day after the student's last unexcused absence. The student must attend, without any unexcused absences for 30 consecutive days. If the student has any unexcused absences during that time, an extra day is added to the end of the 30 day compliance period to adjust for each absence.

A compliance form, the HSMV 72870, shall be signed by the designated administrator and executed by either a notary seal or embossed school seal attesting that the student has met the requirements of Section 322.091, Florida Statutes. (This form shall be provided to the student by the Attendance Office no more than five school days after the request has been made.)

When a student has previously had a license suspended and cannot meet the 30 days attendance period required for reinstatement within the current attendance year, the balance of the days required shall be carried forward for completion in the next ensuring attendance year or summer session.


Pre-arranged Absences

If a student is to be absent for more than five days, the student is to come to the Attendance Office to pick up a pre-arranged absence form. They need to have parents and teaches fill out the form and return it to the Attendance Office. The absences will then be excused or unexcused by the Principal or her designee.



Parents Can Monitor their Children's Absences

Night Phone System
A phone call will be made from the school each night at 6:30 p.m. for the students who have unexcused absences for four or more periods that day. Parents need to check to make sure that their home phone numbers are updated and correct in order to receive the calls from the school. Parents can also access their child's attendance via Progress Book, to access Progress Book Click Here.

Report Requests
Parents can come to the Attendance Office to request a copy of their student's attendance at any time. Attendance reports will only be given to the parents or guardians identified on the mainframe. Parents must present a valid form of identification. Parents can also access their child's attendance via Progress Book, to access Progress Book Click Here.

To Fax absent notes:
Attention to Attendance Office
Fax# (407)850-3222

To contact the Attendance Office:
You can call Shira Bland at (407)852-3200 ex. 6102233 during office hours.


Compliance With Educational Equity Act

The School Board of Orange County, Florida does not discriminate in admission or access to or treatment or employment in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, age, marital status, nation origin, handicap, or any other reason prohibited by law. The equal employment supervisor responsible for compliance is Emma Newton and she may be contact at (407)317-3239.

Orange County Public Schools
445 West Amelia Street
PO Box 271
Orlando, FL 32801-1127

Disclosure at Time of Initial Registration
At the time or initial Registration, each student must note previous school expulsions, arrests resulting in a charge and juvenile actions taken against the student.