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Policies & Expectations


Research tells us that good school attendance is the foundation for a student’s success. You are required to attend school and all your programmed classes and to be prompt.

Please be aware that, according to CPS policy, there are six acceptable causes of student absence:

  • Illness

  • Death in the immediate family

  • Family emergency (must explain)

  • Observance of religious holidays

  • Circumstances which cause reasonable concern for the safety or health of the student (on a case by case basis)

  • Other situations beyond the control of the student (on a case by case basis)

Students who are absent for any other reason are considered truant.

When a student is to be or has been absent from school, there is no need for the parent to phone the school in advance to report that absence.

To Report an Excused Absence:

Parents must submit a note (NOT an email) explaining the absence IMMEDIATELY UPON THE STUDENT'S RETURN.  Any notes submitted after two weeks from the date of the absence will not be accepted and the absence will remain unexcused. The note should include the student's name and homeroom (division), the date(s) of absence, the reason for the absence, and the parent's name and contact information. This is the only one way to report an absence.  Absence notes from parents may be submitted to the Attendance Office (room 171) by the student upon his/her return to school. The absence notes will be verified by Attendance Office staff as needed. Also, please feel free to contact us by phone at (773) 534-1005 with any attendance related questions.

To Arrange an Early Dismissal

  • When a child needs to leave school early, the parent must visit the Attendance Office and sign the child out. Attendance Office staff will then arrange to get the child out of class.

  • Early dismissal of students does not need to be arranged in advance.

  • Taft can only release a student to the custody of his/her legal guardians (w/photo ID) unless an alternative person (w/photo ID) has been previously arranged on the "Emergency Information form" by the guardian.

  • If the student is returning to school on that day, there is no need for the parent to accompany the child into the building. However, the student should report to the Attendance Office immediately upon their return - BEFORE returning to class.

Additional Notes on Attendance

  • Students must request class teacher approval before participating in any activity during division or class time. Deviations from this policy require prior approval of the principal.

  • Students are expected to be on time for classes, division, and lunch. Tardiness will result in disciplinary action.

  • Students who become ill during the school day must obtain an Early Dismissal from the Attendance Office. Students will be released to a parent/guardian with a photo ID only. Students cannot leave the school building during the day without an official release.

  • Students who are in any place other than their assigned classes or their assigned lunch period are considered truant and may be subject to disciplinary action.

  • Repeated absences, truancy, and/or tardiness to school or classes will lead to consequences that could include loss of privileges such as field trips, dances, internships, graduation tickets, etc.  

  • Parents of truant students may be fined up to $500 (IL School Code).

  • Missing two classes counts as ½ day of attendance. Missing three+ classes is counted as a FULL day.

We are designing a new website for
Taft High School

Educational Networks is currently designing a new website for Taft High School. It will look beautiful when we finish it. But it will take a few weeks.

What you are looking at is not your new website. It's just a temporary site that allows us to build the content areas while our designers are working on the new design. When the new design is finalized, all the content on this site will be automatically transferred to the new website, and this site will be closed. This way, your new website will already contain a lot of content from day one. Sounds exciting?

Although this temporary site is accessible on the Internet, it is not advertised anywhere. It is just our secret place that allows us to do our work.

Join Us! It will be fun!

We promise, you will love it! The new website will not only look beautiful, but it will be also very easy to update. It will be a place for the entire community. Not only the website administrators, but also teachers and staff members will be able to post information on their own sections. If you are a teacher, you will be able to easily create pages to introduce yourself to the community, build your own photo albums, upload videos, create class pages, and even post homework assignments that will be displayed not only on your class pages, but also emailed to the parents and students automatically every day.

How easy is it?

Very easy! If you use the most standard Internet services such as email and Facebook, or do online shopping on websites like Amazon.com, you are already qualified. No worries...

When do I start? How?

You can start right now! Whatever information you post on this temporary site will be automatically transferred to the new website when we launch it. And you can continue posting updates and even more information afterwards whenever you like.

Here is how:

Go to: http://tafths.enadmin.org

Just log in if you have already been provided your login credentials. If not, call our technical support team at (866) 473-0400 so that we can create your account. It will take only a minute.

The rest will be easy. Upload your profile photo, create as many new pages as you wish, create your classes, photo albums, and even your own video gallery.

After each update, come back to this website, and refresh. You will see that all the information you posted is displayed on this temporary website. And when we officially launch the new website, everything will be transferred automatically in no time!

If you need any help, call our support team at (866) 473-0400.

Welcome to Educational Networks! We look forward to seeing your pages and hearing from you!