School Policies and Procedures

Attendance Policies

Students are expected to arrive promptly at Peshine Avenue School by 8:25 am.  If a student does not arrive by 8:25 am s/he is considered late to school. A student who is late misses precious instructional time and is disruptive to the rest of the class.  Tardiness should be avoided unless absolutely necessary and avoidable.  Additionally, the school day ends at 4:15. ALL Students must remain until that time so valuable instruction time is not missed.

Tardy Procedure

  1. At 8:25 all doors, except the Peshine Avenue School main entrance, will be closed and locked.  All scholars must enter through the main entrance.
  2. The security guard, attendance counselor, and Parent Liaison will be at the main door to receive and process late scholars until 8:35 am.
  3. A security guard will write late passes for latecomers entering the building after 8:30 am.

Excused Tardiness

Tardiness will only be excused for:

  • Medical appointment with a doctor’s note.
  • Another situation that, in the judgment of the school administration, is serious enough to merit an excuse.

Consequences for Unexcused Tardiness:

  •  Each time a student is tardy, parents will be notified.
  • If scholars are tardy more than 3 times, the Attendance Counselor will investigate.
  • Additionally, tardiness may cause students to not be able to participate in school-wide incentives.

Absence Procedure

The goal of Peshine Avenue School is to have 100% of scholars attend all 185 days of school. Learning can only happen in school if students are present and ready to learn EVERY day.  Absences should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.

In order for a student to be excused, staff must receive written verification of the reason for the absence from a parent/guardian or doctor within two days of the absences.

Excused Absences: Absences that will be excused include:

  • Student illness with a doctor’s note.
  • Medical appointment with a doctor’s note.
  • Death in the family.
  • Court appearance.
  • Religious holiday with parent/guardian note.
  • Take Your Child to Work Day.

Consequences for Unexcused Absences

  • Parents will be notified when child is absent.
  • Conduct an investigation to determine the cause of each unexcused absence, including contact with the student’s parent/guardian.
  • Develop an action plan in consultation with the student’s parent/guardian to address patterns of unexcused absences and have the child return to school and maintain regular attendance.
  • Additionally, unexcused absences may cause students to not be able to participate in school-wide incentives.