The ultimate responsibility for student attendance lies with the student and the parent. Attendance, punctuality, and student participation are three keys to successful achievement in school.

ABSENCES: Absences are to be classified as either excused or unexcused. This is to be determined by the principal or their designee. Excused absences shall include:

  1. Personal illness;
  2. Illness of immediate family member;
  3. Death in the family;
  4. Extreme weather conditions;
  5. Religious observances; or
  6. Circumstances, which in the judgment of the principal create emergencies over which the student has no control.

*Preferably notes pertaining to illness would be issued by a physician.

Upon return to school, the student must present a noted from the parent or guardian for absences not later than three days following his/her return. Otherwise, the absences will be considered unexcused. The note should include the student’s full name, date of the absence(s), reason for absence, and a parent/guardian signature. After 12 parent notes for absences, only doctors’ notes will be accepted.  

MCPS Progressive Truancy Intervention Plan
3 unexcused absences: Parent Contact by the school (teacher, counselor, clerk, etc)

5 unexcused absences
: Tier I of the Progressive Truancy Intervention Plan Beings:
Letter sent to parent
Student placed under Attendance contract

Additional unexcused absences:
Tier II of the Progressive Truancy Plan:
Grade level and student specific to address student's attendance

Additional Unexcused absences
: Tier III of the Progressive Truancy Plan:
TBD by school

If Progressive Truancy Intervention Plan, at the school level, fails to address the student's attendance (10 plus days):
Refer to District Truancy Review Board and Petition to Juvenile Court. 

TARDINESS TO SCHOOL: Students arriving to school after 7:45 a.m. are considered tardy. Students cannot simply be in the building, rather, they must be in class by 7:45 a.m. Students not in class by this time will be directed to the office and will be considered tardy to school. Bus room and cafeteria open at 7:00 a.m. and car riders may be dropped off during this time as well. Please be sure to have your child at school in plenty of time for them to arrive in class on time.



There will be no early sign-outs after 2:20 P.M.