Attendance Policy (español)
Students are expected to be in school every day. There is a direct correlation between attendance and achievement in school. It is the responsibility of students to be in class daily, to be on time, and to be prepared to take full advantage of the education process that they are afforded. Parents/students are expected to utilize the ample vacation days scheduled throughout the school year for trips, as well as for doctor and dental appointments. In compliance with State U-PASS and Federal NCLB Guidelines, Park City School District expects all students to have a minimum of 93% attendance per grading period.
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The following is an "at-a-glance summary" of the Attendance Policies. Contact the TMJH Attendance Secretary with questions or clarification.
Steps To Follow When Absent
- Phone excuses will NOT be accepted.
- Submit a parent excuse note to the attendance office upon the student's return. Students have 3 school days to bring in a note. The note must be handwritten by a parent and must include the student’s full name and dates of absence. A note determined to be falsified or forged will be dealt with accordingly.
- Doctors' medical excuses can be submitted within one week following absence, as long as a parent note was submitted within 3 days following the absence. Medical notes must be on official stationary, signed by a medical official, and must include the specific dates of absence.
Checking Students Out of School During the School Day
- Students can be checked-out of school by a parent/legal guardian or listed emergency contact ONLY.
- Students must be checked-out in person at the Attendance Office. Due to safety concerns, parents may not request to have a child waiting for them in front of the school.
- To maximize class time, students who are being checked-out should not to go to the attendance office until called for.
- TMJH is a closed campus. For liability reasons, students may not leave campus during regular school hours unless checked-out by his/her parent or listed emergency contact.
- Students not checked out by an adult are considered truant and absences cannot be excused.
- All students are allowed 3 excused class period absences, per class, per quarter, with no penalty. A period is a single class of approximately 90 minutes. It is the student’s responsibility to make up work missed for an excused absence as per individual teacher or policy.
- Upon the student's 4th absence, students may not be allowed to make up work.
- Certain types of absences do NOT count against the 3 allowed class absences. See the next section for descriptions of these "excused" absences.
- Special requests for extended absences, 3 school days or more, should be submitted in writing to the Attendance Secretary at least 1 (one) week prior to the dates requested. See the Attendance Secretary for details and contracts.
- Absences for any reason during the first or last week of any quarter are strongly discouraged.
- Suspensions do not count against the student’s 3 absences for the quarter.
- Ten Day Rule: By law, a student who misses ten (10) consecutive unexcused attendance days will be dropped from the school rolls. Contact your guidance counselor with concerns.
The following absences do NOT count against the 3 class absences:
- Confirmed medical illness. A doctor's medical excuse is required for any absence or chronic illness over 3 days. Doctors’ medical excuses can be submitted within one week following the absence, as long as a parent note was submitted within 3 days of returning. Medical notes must be on official stationary, signed by a medical official, and must include the specific dates of absence.
- Death in the immediate family or grave family illness necessitating a student’s absence. A medical note must accompany parent excuse for family illness. Please contact your guidance counselor for assistance in times of need.
- Counseling or office business requiring the student to miss or be late for class. Students are still responsible for making up any work missed.
- School-related absences resulting from participation in sports/school-sponsored activities. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the teacher of classes to be missed before leaving. It is the student’s responsibility to have the work done on time.
- Pre-Arranged and Contract Absences. Groups or individuals involved in, but not limited to, ski teams, modeling, competitive skating, rodeo, equestrian competition, etc., should see the Attendance Secretary for information.
TMJH Tardy Policy
- Students are expected to be at school on time. When students are tardy (late for school), upon arrival, they must sign in at the attendance office. To excuse a tardy for 1st period, a parent must be present at the time of arrival to sign the student in. Students are allowed 3 tardies per quarter for 1st period only. All other periods will be marked unexcused unless attendance office has verified.
- Students are expected to be in class on time. The first 15 minutes of any class missed will be counted as a tardy. Students are allowed ample time to move between classes; they should not be late to class during the school day.
- If the student is more than 15 minutes late to class, or leaves more than 15 minutes early, it will count as an absence and will count as one of the 3 absences allowed per quarter.
- Excessive tardies are unacceptable and may result in disciplinary action.
- Special requests for extended absences, 3 school days or more, should be submitted in writing to the Attendance Secretary at least 1 (one) week prior to the dates requested for a "Pre-Arranged Absence."
- When the written request is presented in the Attendance Office, the student will be given a Pre-Arranged Absence Form to take to his/her teachers for signatures and assignments. The form must be returned to the Attendance Office prior to departure. Otherwise, the absences will be counted as regular absences.
- To qualify for a Pre-Arranged Absence, a student (1) must have a minimum of 2.0 GPA for the previous quarter; (2) will not have exceeded the allowable 3 absences during the quarter in any class; and (3) must have a parent/guardian signature on the Pre-Arranged Absence Form.
Extra-Curricular Activities and Attendance
- In order to participate in extra-curricular activities (i.e. sports, field trips, dances, plays), the student must be in class the two regularly scheduled periods before the practice, activity, or departure for a contest.
- Students who have accumulated more than 3 block absences in any class during any quarter will not be allowed to travel with teams, participate in field trips, participate in home games and/or drama/music productions, or be involved with any school activity that necessitates early dismissal from school. Excessive absences from school will prohibit participation in school social activities, dances, games, etc.
- Students involved in school- or district-related extra-curricular activities, or any activity sanctioned by the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA), will be given a "school-related absence" for their participation. Students are responsible to complete and turn in all assignments in accordance with their teachers’ course disclosure statements and school policy.
- Students who regularly participate in non-school-related athletic competitive activities may request to have an "Attendance Contract." Refer to the TMJH Contract Absence Policy for specific details. The policy is available on the TMJH website, or from the Attendance Office.
Students on Parent Release are held to the conditions outlined on the Parent Release Contract signed by the student and parent. Contact your Guidance Counselor for details. TMJH students who have Parent Release may NOT be on campus during the Parent Release periods.