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Prairie students should exhibit quality performance as “responsible citizens”. An important way of demonstrating this is through regular school attendance. Being at school on time is a habit all young people need to develop. Missing class has been documented to have a detrimental effect on student achievement.
Please contact the school attendance office if your child will NOT be in class or will be late for any reason. If we have not received any communication, we will attempt to contact you at the phone numbers or email addresses provided to us upon school registration. If we are NOT able to reach you to verify your child’s absence, the student may be documented as absent unexcused for the classes missed.
Excused absences are defined as those absences which, in the opinion of the administration, are necessary and excused. Examples include, but are not limited to:
● Participation in a school sponsored activity
● Unavoidable appointments for health services (signed admit required)
● Bereavement leave
● Religious observances
● Court appointments
Unexcused absences are defined as those absences which, in the opinion of the administration, are unnecessary and avoidable. Examples include, but are not limited to:
● Staying home to study or prepare for an assignment
● Hair appointments
● Leaving school without parent/school consent
*Any unexcused absence from school will disqualify the student from participating in his/her extracurricular events the day of the absence.
*The inability to participate in physical education class requires a note from a physician excusing the student.
If you know in advance that your child will need to leave early, please contact the attendance office as soon as possible. One the day of the planned absence we will issue your child a dismissal pass to meet you outside the main door on Kirkwood Boulevard at the time you designate.
All course work must be made up at the earliest possible time following an absence. For planned absences, prior arrangements should be made with the instructor for work, assignments, or tests to be missed while absent.
Being on time is a basic premise to the success and the demonstration of responsible citizenship. Students should make every effort to be on time. Not being in class when the bell rings to begin instruction constitutes a tardy. Students arriving to class 15 minutes late will be marked tardy.