In an effort to raise attendance awareness and meet the school wide attendance goal of 97% or higher we are setting sail with a new attendance program. Beginning January 29, we will be asking teachers to encourage their students to have a “ship shape” class where all students are present and on time. First block teachers will receive a Ship Shape sign to hang outside the classroom door when their class has perfect attendance. A member of the attendance committee will record each class posted after announcements and pick a weekly winning class at random to be the Ship Shape class of the week. That class will be announced during morning announcements and each student will receive a clipper cash! We will track each Ship Shape class throughout the month and present a certificate to a Ship Shape class of the Month chosen from the class or classes with the most Ship Shape days. Good luck and have fun! Go Clippers!!
Students need to bring in a note the day they return from an absence. These notes should be brought to the attendance office first thing in the morning.
Parents can also email the attendance secretary, Christi Girvin, with notes.
To comply with the Code of Virginia § 22.1-254, students are expected to attend school every day and be on time unless there is illness or death in the immediate family. Doctor, dental, or personal appointments should be made on days off, half days, or after school hours when possible. Parents/Guardians are responsible for providing the school with a note (within 24 hours) indicating the reason(s) for the absence. Legitimate reasons for absences are: illness, death in immediate family, doctor or dental appointment (not possible to be scheduled on non-school time), and/or exceptional circumstances as determined by the building principal.
Absences occurring on pre-determined test dates should be avoided and will only be considered excused under extreme extenuating circumstances. For any other reason, the absence is unexcused.
(YCSD Student handbook, page 14)
Virginia Department of Education and YorkCounty School Division regulations for unexcused absences are:
- 5 Unexcused Absences- An attendance letter is sent home and an attendance plan is developed
- 6 Unexcused Absences- An attendance conference will be held that includes the parent/gaurdian and appropriate school and division personnel
- 7 Unexcused Absences- The school divicsion truancy team will meet and a possible court referral or additional interventions will be made
Students who miss 10 or more days of school or 10% of the school year (18 days in a 180 school day year, about 2 days a month) whether the absences are excused or unexcused, are considered chronically absent. It is very important that students miss as little school as possible so that they receive consistent instruction and do not fall behind their peers. Having your student present and in class on time also allows teachers to regularly track student progress and provide intervention and support when necessary.
Parents/Guardians will receive written notification from the school when a student has accumulated five unexcused and ten total absences. An accumulation of five unexcused absences will result in a referral to the school division attendance officer, and, if an additional unexcused absence occurs, the attendance officer and parents/ guardians will be required to participate in the development of a plan to improve the student’s attendance.
(YCSD Student Handbook, pg 14)
A student must be present at school for at least half of the day to be eligible to play in any athletic events that day.