Regular attendance is an essential part of each student's educational experience. Daily contact with teachers and other students is a vital and valuable part of each student's intellectual and social growth. This facilitates and promotes learning, thus leading to increased knowledge and improved social skills. Regular attendance also promotes personal growth by preparing the student to accept similar responsibilities in the world outside the school setting.
Brookfield High School's Attendance Policy is designed to help students understand the benefits of regular attendance. A lack of responsibility and commitment will result in a loss of course credit.
1. Class attendance is a required part of every course.
2. Class attendance will be accurately and permanently recorded by classroom teachers. Tardies to class will also be recorded by classroom teachers. Three tardies to a class will equal an absence.
3. All absences from class, regardless of their reason, will count toward the Attendance Policy. The only absences which do not count toward the Attendance Policy are mandatory state testing. Exceptions to this policy can only be made with the approval of the Principal.
4. The school will make a distinction between excused and unexcused absences and tardies for appeal purposes.
a. Excused absences are defined as those due to illness, legal obligations, death in the family, religious holidays, suspensions or exceptional circumstances, as approved by the administration. (Religious holidays will follow established Board of Education policies.)
b. Unexcused absences are those caused as a result of truancy, class cutting, or any absence from class without proper verification (i.e., oversleeping is not an acceptable excuse). Unexcused absences will result in disciplinary action and or loss of credit.
c. Excused tardies are defined as those accompanied by a pass from a staff member. Unexcused tardies are those unaccompanied by a pass.
d. Habitual tardies to any class will result in disciplinary action and/or loss of credit.
5. Absences will be verified the day the student returns to school and / or class. Verification should be in the form of a note or a telephone call from the parent or guardian (775-7735), preferably prior to the return to school
6. Students will be expected to attend class on time. Unexcused tardiness will result in disciplinary action. A tardy becomes an absence after 5 minutes, regardless of proper authorization. After three unexcused tardies, a classroom detention will be assigned. Every unexcused tardy after this may be considered a classroom detention.
7. Punctual attendance to all other scheduled assignments is required.