Students are expected to attend all school days. Absences are noted on each student’s report card sent to parents twice a year. If a student has 18 or more absences per year, he or she may not be permitted to progress to the next grade, upon evaluation of the school leadership.
Punctuality is expected. Tardy arrivals are recorded on each student’s report card. Late arrivals are disruptive to the daily routine and a child may feel uncomfortable arriving after everyone has already become involved in classroom activities. This could, in turn, affect her or his skill level if she or he misses the beginning of these activities. Frequent tardiness has proven to be extremely disruptive to the other students and teachers.
If a student is late, the parent or guardian must bring the child to the reception area. The child will be given a tardy slip and then will be sent to class. No admittance will be given to class without a tardy slip. Three unexcused tardy arrivals will be considered as one day of absence and will be reflected on academic records.
Students who bring a note from the doctor will be excused from being marked tardy.
Any unplanned absence of more than half a day or a tardy of more than an hour should be reported by phone or e-mail to the AIS administration before 8:15 a.m. Notification of individual teachers should be done to make up for any work missed, but it is not considered proper notification unless it has been reported to AIS administration as well. In the event of a student’s prolonged illness, a doctor’s note may be required.
Students and parents should understand that excessive absences and tardiness have a negative effect on academic performance. Students are urged to be punctual and responsible in their school attendance. Students who are regularly absent may jeopardize their academic standing in school. Teachers cannot be reasonably expected to spend the class time of other students on reviewing material that was missed by a consistently absent student, especially for absences of a social nature. Teachers are not required to provide work or special assignments in advance to students who plan to be absent for a prolonged period of time. Parents should recognize that taking a child out of school for a prolonged period of time may affect the child’s performance.