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Attendance

ATTENDANCE

 

Please read below for Taft High School’s NEW Attendance Policy

 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. 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).

 Note: Missing two classes counts as 1⁄2 day of attendance. Missing three+ classes is counted as a FULL day.

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.


 



TO REPORT A STUDENT’S ABSENCE

  Please note that all absences will be considered for excusal upon receiving an absence note signed by the parent or legal guardian. If a note is not received or if the absence is not excusable, the absence(s) will remain unexcused. Notes written on anything other than our Taft Attendance Template will not be accepted.

 Students or parents should inform teachers of any absences from class and the student is still expected to submit the absence note by the end of the school day.

 Students must submit our Taft Attendance Template upon return to school and the reason for the absence must fit into one of the permissible excused absence categories or it will remain as an unexcused absence.· If applicable, please attach any official documentation (medical, funeral, religious, life event, etc.) to the absence note.

 All absent notes must be turned in the day a student returns to school to the Attendance Office (Room152)

 All absences are reported on official transcripts ( excused and unexcused)

 Please click here for the official absence note

 

TO REPORT A STUDENT’S ABSENCE (ONLINE)

*******Submit Absence Report online before 9:30am*******

Taft Online Absence Form

Students or parents should inform teachers of any absences from class and Parent’s are still expected to submit the online absence report on or before 9:30am.

 If a student's absence is not reported or is reported after 9:30 am,  the student must, upon their return, turn their Taft Attendance Note Template signed by a parent and it must be submitted by the end of the day to the Attendance Office in Room 152

 

Parent/Guardian are able to report a Student Absence online using the link below and fill out all fields :Taft Online Absence Form.

 

Please note, the reason for the absence must fit into one of the permissible excused absence categories or it will remain as an unexcused absence.

 

||IMPORTANT|| an attached Attendance Template Parent Signature document is required in order for this online submission to be approved, accepted, and excused.

 

All absences are reported on official transcripts ( excused and unexcused)

   

TARDY TO CLASS

Students are expected to be in their classrooms ready to work when the bell signals at the beginning of each period. In order to be successful in this endeavor, proper planning and preparation is essential. Students who are tardy to class will be admitted and progressively disciplined by the class teacher or  and Dean’s Office

LATE ARRIVAL TO  SCHOOL

If the student is returning to school, 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.

 

EXCUSAL FROM CLASS FOR SCHOOL ACTIVITY

Students who are excused from one or more classes to participate in an activity (field trip, assembly, concert, etc.) must secure the PERMISSION OF THE TEACHER(S) of the class(es) to be missed PRIOR to the event. Official forms or tickets of admission must be signed by the classroom teacher. A parent must sign a permit allowing the student to participate in an off- campus activity. Swimming at facilities used during any school field trip is strictly prohibited.

A teacher may refuse to allow a student to be absent from his or her class. No teacher has the right to excuse a student from another  teacher’s class. The student must have the direct approval of every teacher whose class he or she will miss. 

TO ARRANGE AN EARLY DISMISSAL

Early Dismissals are only for illness and extreme emergency. If a student requires an Early Dismissal from school, he or she MUST report to the Attendance Office in Room 152 before school or during their lunch periods. 

 

Students are allowed  to receive an Early Dismissal for the reasons listed under CPS Board excused absences. “Parent pickup” is required for students 17 years or younger . Students who are 18 years old or older will require verbal consent from Parent or Guardian before being released. The student will not be given an Early Dismissal unless the parent or parent’s designee listed on the student’s emergency card can be contacted. 

 

Students 18 years or older, who do not check in with the Attendance Office before leaving for an Early Dismissal without filling out the Early Dismissal form  will be marked as a cut (AUX).   

If the student is 17 years old or younger and  drives to school, arrangements will need to be made for someone to come with the parent to drive the student’s car home. Leaving school without official permission will result in an unexcused absence and disciplinary action.

 

EARLY DISMISSAL PROCESS

 

Please read below for Taft High School’s NEW Early Dismissal Process

 

STUDENT STEP BY STEP

  1. Students should arrange a Parent/Guardian Pick Up

  2. Student will remain in class until a Security Guard or Intern comes to release them from class

  3. Students will leave with their parent or Guardian 

  4. Students are to be picked up only by their Parent/Guardian or Emergency Contact or if student if 18 years or older, we need verbal consent from parent for student to leave on their own. If the student is 17 years old or younger and  drives to school, arrangements will need to be made for someone to come with the parent to drive the student’s car home. Leaving school without official permission will result in an unexcused absence and disciplinary action.

*If applicable, please attach any official documentation (medical, funeral, religious, etc.)

 

PARENT STEP BY STEP

  1. The Parent/Guardian/Emergency Contact of the student should enter through Taft’s Main Entrance. They should then let the security know that they are here to pick up their son/daughter and show proper identification

  2. Parent/Guardian/or stated Emergency Contacts are only allowed to pick up the student

  3.  Security will release the  student from his/her classroom to have them report to the Attendance Office

  4. Parent/Guardian/Emergency Contact will then be sent to the Attendance Office to fill out the online Early Dismissal Form 

  5. After completing the online Early Dismissal Form, Parent/Guardian/Emergency Contact will then sign the Early Dismissal Form

  6. Students cannot leave on their own unless they are 18 years or older and we have verbal consent from parent or guardian

  7. Students 17 years old or younger are only to be picked up by a Parent/Guardian or Emergency Contact.

  8. If applicable, please attach any formal documentation to the Early Dismissal sheet (medical, funeral, religious, etc)

 

SPECIAL NOTES:

*Students 17 years old or younger and are requesting an early dismissal will not be allowed to leave on their own. Their Parent/Guardian/Emergency Contact must pick them up. If they are 18 years old or older, we would need verbal permission from parent/guardian.

**Note: All absences, late arrival, early dismissal notes can be turned in to the Attendance Office (Room 152) to be considered for excusal (Submit the note even if you do not have your teacher’s’ signatures).




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