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Attendance Policy

Instruction begins at 8:00 a.m. Students must be in class before the tardy bell at 8:05 a.m. 

Students may not be dropped off prior to 7:20 a.m. and may not be checked out after 2:30 p.m.

All students must be picked up by 3:15 p.m. Faculty & Staff go off-duty at this time and will not be held responsible for your child. Caddo Parish School Board has a well-defined policy on absences—excused, unexcused, and tardies. When a child returns to school following an absence, a note should be sent to the teacher stating the reason for the absence. A physician’s statement must be sent if a child is under the care of a doctor. If a student has been ill but has no doctor’s excuse, a parental note will allow make-up work, but will not excuse the absence. All excuses should be submitted no less than five days after the absence. A student in elementary school must attend a minimum of 160 days per year in order to receive credit for the school year. Those who have more than 11 unexcused absences will be retained in the same grade.

Students may not check out early on a regular basis to go to lessons. We cannot arrange check out times so parents can get to work by 3:00 or 3:15 pm. This puts the child at a real disadvantage. The Louisiana State Department of Education states students may be excused from school for these reasons only:

1. Illness of self with a doctor’s excuse.
2. Death in family.
3. Established religious holidays.
4. School business (Ex. the Science Fair).

When a student has an excused absence, he/she should ask teachers for detailed assignments covering the work missed immediately upon his/her return to school. A child missing one or two days will be allowed to complete missed assignments upon return to school. A phone call to the office will not be necessary for the short duration, and assignments will not be available until the child returns. In cases of two or more days length, a parent may
request assignments through the office between 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and they must be picked up after 2:30 p.m.