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.
Families 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.
Punctuality is expected and tardy arrivals are recorded on each student’s report card. Frequent tardiness is extremely disruptive to the classroom environment. There is no grace period for late arrivals and students are marked tardy if they are checked-in on a tablet after the following times:
- PS and MS – 8:45am
- GS through CM2 – 8:15am
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 when evaluating a student’s attendance record.
Any absence, whether excused or unexcused, 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 reception before 8:15 a.m. Notification to teaching teams should be done to make up for any work missed. Pre-planned absences should be reported to AIS reception and to teaching teams in advance of the absence to plan for missed classes.
Excused and Unexcused Absences
In order for an absence or tardy to be considered excused, acceptable documentation must be provided to the receptionist within 3 days of the student's return to school. Excused absences and tardies are generally outside the scope of control of students and/or parents. Unexcused absences and tardies are generally within the scope of control of students and/or parents. Please see the list below for examples of excused absences, acceptable documentation, and unexcused absences.