Attendance and Absences

Call the high school by 9am

Du Quoin High School
542-4744, press 1

Parents/Guardians must call the high school office if their child/ward is going to be absent from school. Parents/guardians must notify the office no later than 9:00 am on the day of their child's absence. If a student leaves school during the school day, the student must have a parent call-in, a doctor's appointment slip, or a note from a parent/guardian to excuse them from school. Students who have been absent should report to Mr. Gossett prior to 7:50 a.m. to check to see if their absence has been excused. Students must have a phone call or a note from their parents on file no later than 24 hours after the student returns to school to excuse an absence. If a phone call or note has not been received within the 24 hour time frame, the absence will be unexcused.

Absence Notes

Absence notes should indicate name of the student, day(s) of absence and specific reason for absence.

Types of Absences

Excused Absence: illness, doctor or dentist appointments, death in family, college days (seniors only, limit 2), job interviews, court appearances, emergencies. Students with excused absences are allowed to make-up any schoolwork that is missed. Students who are absent and miss school work, have one day per day absence to make up their work. A doctor's excuse is required after 6 absences in a quarter.

Unexcused absence: "Skipping" a class or classes, not signing out, no parent excuse, car trouble, leaving grounds without permission, oversleeping, and others to be dealt with on an individual basis. Unexcused absences will result in a grade of zero being given for the class(es) missed. Disciplinary credit points will be assigned (See Truancy pg. 28 of the Student Handbook).

Trip/Vacation absence: Trips with parents are permitted up to five (5) school days when prior notification is given and student gets work from teachers before leaving. All work is due when the student returns for their first day back to school. If prior notification is not given, absences will be considered unexcused and zeros will be recorded for all work.

Excessive tardy for class: When a student is late for class 10 minutes or more, they will be considered absent.

Other Attendance Policies

Students must be in attendance at least five (5) of seven (7) classes in order to attend or participate in a school activity on that day. Students in the CO-OP program must do the same in order to work that day. Students will be assigned ISS (In-school suspension) if they attend.

Exceptions to the policy shall be at the discretion of the principal or his/her designee.

When the student has accumulated 5 & 10 absences in a class during a term and/or semester, excused or unexcused, the teacher will fill out an attendance report form and deliver it to the assistant principal. The parent(s)/guardian(s) will be contacted by phone or mail to notify them of continued absences.