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Attendance Information


Attendance is Everyone's Responsibility. 

Please make an effort to get your child to school in the morning on time. If a student does arrive late, they must check in with the office to pick up a late admittance slip. 

After absences, students must bring notes from parents verifying the absence from school. This also can be done by phone or by personally stopping by the school office. Absences are excused only for reasons of illness, medical appointments, and funerals according to state law.

 If your child must be absent for reasons other than those listed above (i.e. vacation), you should contact the school office and request an Independent Study Contract. This provides an opportunity for your child to keep up with his school work while away from school. Independent Study Contracts must be approved by the principal. While our teachers will work with you and your child in tailoring the lessons around the nature of the absence, it is very important you contact the teacher at least one week prior to the scheduled departure. Students are required to complete all assignments in order to receive an "excused" absence. Incomplete work will result in an "unexcused" absence for your child.

  • Arrive at Sylvan no later than 8:25 a.m. but no earlier than 8:00 a.m.
  • Notify attendance clerk by phone (574-5600) or note of student's absence in a timely manner.
  • Plan family vacations during non-school days. (Off-track time- Click here for school calendar)
  • Try to schedule doctor appointments for your child after school hours.
  • Allow your child to stay home only when he/she has a contagious illness or is too sick to be comfortable at school.
  • When your child has a doctor's appointment in the middle of the school day, bring him/her to school before the appointment.  The district receives full funding if a student attends for part of the day. This money helps us to educate all of our children.

Good attendance benefits your child's education.  Every day a student misses school, he/she gets more than two days behind his/her peers, because he/she must make up missed learning and catch up with new learning at the same time.