Every child between the ages of 6 and 18 has the right and the obligation to attend school. The parents or guardians of each student have the responsibility to enroll their children in school and to send them to school on a daily basis on time. The academic year at Ferrahian School is 182 days. Students must be on campus everyday during school hours unless excused by the Administration. For school hours please see “Hour of Operation” in this Handbook.
Attendance is recorded on students’ report cards on quarterly basis as tardiness and absenteeism. Since student attendance and students achievement are closely intertwined, the Administration has established rules that will improve students’ attendance.
In the mornings, students should proceed to classrooms at 7:55 a.m. and must be in classrooms at 8:00 a.m. Attendance is taken by homeroom teachers and submitted to the Administrative Office at the beginning of the first period. Students who arrive to school between 8:00 a.m. and 8:10 a.m., are TARDY and must proceed directly to their classroom. The number of tardy cases will be reported in the student’s report card.
LATE TO FIRST PERIOD
Students who arrive to school after 8:10 a.m. must report to the Administrative Office and receive a “late to first period” notice. Excused and unexcused “late to first period” instances are limited to three per quarter. Considering the fact that late to school during the first period negatively reflects on student learning, therefore for each additional 3 “late to first period” instances the first period grade will be lowered by one grade increment as part of time lost with respect to class participation as follows:
|First Period Late To Class||First Period Grade Reduction|
|1-3 instances||No grade reduction|
|Each add’ 3 instances||One increment reduction|
LATE ARRIVAL TO SCHOOL AFTER FIRST PERIOD
Students who arrive to school late after the first period must obtain a “Classroom Admission Slip” from the Administration before they proceed to their classroom. Late arrivals are recorded as excused or unexcused partial absenteeism and will be added to the overall absenteeism record.
|Arrival Time||Absence||Arrival Time||Absence|
|3rd period||40%||6th period||80%|
|4th period||50%||7th period||90%|
LATE TO CLASS DURING PERIODS 2-7
Students are expected to attend all classes on time. Coming into class late interrupts the normal classroom activity and will adversely affect the student’s class participation. According to school grading policy, participation portion of the grade is at least 10%. Therefore, teachers must admit late students to class and assign them as “late” and deduct one point (1%) of the overall grade.
|Consequences of Arriving Late to Class|
|1 occurrence||1 point (1%) deducted|
|2 occurrences||2 points (2%) deducted|
|3 occurrences||3 points (3%) deducted|
|additional occurrences||1 point (1%) deducted for each occurrence|
Regardless of the nature of the absence (excused or unexcused), parents must call the school office to report their child’s absence. Following a full day absence, a student must get a “Readmission Slip” from the Administrative Office before proceeding to his/her classroom.
Excused absences: Absences due to illness or emergencies are excused absences provided a student brings a note signed by the parent/guardian explaining the exact nature and the date(s) of the absence. A student must bring a note from a licensed physician, if the absence is due to illness and is over two days.
Unexcused absences: If the Administration has not received a signed note from a parent/guardian or a licensed physician on the first day of student’s return to school, the absence will be considered unexcused.
The number of absences will be reported in the student’s report card.
There are severe consequences for habitual absenteeism occurring throughout the academic year:
- If the total excused and unexcused absenteeism incurred from the beginning of the academic year reaches 10 absences, the student will be on academic and behavioral probation and will be disqualified for academic and monetary awards.
- If the total excused and unexcused absenteeism incurred from the beginning of the academic year reaches 15 absences, the student will be subject to class retention for insufficient academic instruction acquired.
- If the total excused and unexcused absenteeism incurred from the beginning of the academic year reaches 20 absences, the student’s enrollment will be subject for immediate termination
|Absences per Year|
|10 excused and unexcused||Academic and Behavioral Probation|
|15 excused and unexcused||Subject to Class Retention|
|20 unexcused||Immediate Termination|
It is the responsibility of the student to clear all absences, make up class work and assignments, and arrange with the teacher to take any missed quizzes and tests. In the case of unexcused absences, it is within the individual teacher’s right to allow quiz or test makeup. However, this should have been exclusively included in the teacher’s classroom regulations distributed to the students in the beginning of the year.
The teacher of any class from which a pupil is absent shall determine the tests and assignments reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments that the pupil missed during the absence.
Any student absent from school on the day of a school event or athletic contest, dance, etc., may not attend or participate without the explicit permission of the Principal. This policy is in keeping with the requirements of the California Interscholastic Federation.
Early dismissal will be allowed only in case of an illness that has occurred during school hours. Under such circumstances a student will be released only to an authorized adult. A student should never leave the school without first clearing with the Administrative Office.
In case of a medical appointment, permission for early dismissal must be arranged with the Administrative Office by the parents. A student will be released only if a note signed by the parents is presented to the Administrative Office at the beginning of the day.
Upon return from an appointment, a student must first report to the Administrative Office, obtain a readmission slip and proceed to his/her classroom.