Absences and Attendance

Students Enter Classroom at 8:45 a.m. School Day Ends at 3:45 p.m.
We expect regular school attendance and punctuality. A student's contribution
and achievement in class are directly related to attendance. Students and
parents must understand that a fundamental portion of the student's education
is missed when they are absent from class. Activities that take place in the
classroom are a vital part of the teaching-learning process and cannot be
duplicated. Absence from class must be for serious reasons.

Reporting an Absence or Tardy

A student arriving at school after 9:00 a.m. MUST check in at the office before
going to his/her classroom and will be recorded as tardy. Parents are asked to
call the school and notify us of a child's absence. You may tell the teacher your
student will be gone, however, you MUST still notify the office. Please call
319-558-2736 and leave a message on the school attendance line. When a student
is absent and the office has not been notified, an automated system and/or someone
from the school students are attending will contact the parent requesting a reason
for the absence. Doctor and dentist appointments must check in at the office upon
their return. We strongly suggest that you schedule appointments outside the school
day if possible. If a family knows of an extended absence or plans to vacation during
the school year, arrangements for schoolwork should be made a week in advance.

The District has implemented an intervention protocol for attendance.
The protocol is divided into four "Tiers of Intervention" based on the number of
absences, whether excused or unexcused, a student has.
Tier I
(0-3 Absences: Excused and/or unexcused)
Parent contact to discuss future plans and urgency of attendance issues.

Tier II
(4-7 Absences: Excused and/or unexcused)
Family/school meeting
Letter home
Building attendance contract
Referral to Learning Supports Team/Flag in PowerSchool

Tier III
(7-9 Absences: Excused and/or unexcused)
Contact District Truancy Office
Involve District Community School Liaison
Continue interventions from Tier I and II

Tier IV
(10+ Absences: Excused and/or unexcused)
Letter Home
Contact District Truancy Officer

Arrival of Students
Students may enter the building at 8:45 a.m. Unless they are coming early for a
special activity, students should not be at school before this time. There is no early
morning recess and no adult supervision for students before 8:25 a.m.
with upstairs homerooms who are paying the cashier for meals or eating breakfast,
should enter the building and go directly to the cafeteria. They should not go to their
classrooms or lockers first. Students with downstairs homerooms should go to their
locker first and then to the cafeteria, if they are eating breakfast. Students who have a
valid reason for going to the office may do so when they first enter the building. Students
are never to be  roaming the halls, hanging out in bathrooms or in the IMC without a
pass.Students will be counted tardy at 9:01 a.m.