Lateness For School (Tardiness)

Elementary Parent Handbook: Lateness For School (Tardiness)

Any child who arrives after the scheduled starting time of school (8:45 a.m.) will be considered tardy. The student and parent/guardian must report to the office. At that time, the student will be signed in at the office, and a class admission slip will be given to the pupil so that he/she may be admitted into the classroom. Consistent lateness to school because of personal illness may necessitate providing a medical excuse. Tardiness to school for any reason other than those stated in the school policy will be marked unexcused. Total minutes tardy will be recorded and dealt with according to the policy.

Following the third unexcused tardy, disciplinary action may be taken at the discretion of the building principal or designee. Unexcused tardies and unexcused early dismissals may accumulate towards unlawful absence.

A student’s late arrival to school will be excused for the following reasons only:

  1. Personal illness.
  2. Death in the immediate family.
  3. Exceptional urgent or safety reasons – must pertain to the individual student as determined by the principal or designee.
  4. Religious holiday/event.
  5. Required court attendance.
  6. In the case of an exceptional student, where tardiness is caused by or directly related to student’s exceptionality.

A request for excused lateness to school for a student requires a written note signed by parent/guardian which must be presented the next school day attended.