Daily student attendance is fundamental to student academic progress. Additionally, increased Average Daily Attendance [ADA] in all schools positively impacts the quality of education. Increased student attendance results in increased state funding provided through the ADA funding formula. Such needed additional revenues can provide millions of dollars to improve educational programs within schools.
To call in a student absence, late arrival, or early release, please call 224-484-4800
Information for Calling in an Absence
Parents are responsible for reporting a student’s absence to the Attendance Office by 8:30 a.m. on the date of the absence.
When calling in an absence, please provide your student’s name, grade, teacher's name, and reason for the absence.
Recorded voicemail messages may be left 24 hours a day at 224-484-4800.
Excused Absence Information
Valid Causes for Excused Absences include:
- Student illness
- Family emergency
- Death in the immediate family
- Attendance at religious instruction or observance of a religious holiday
- Documented attendance in court
- Documented medical and dental appointments
- Circumstances which cause reasonable concern to the parent for the safety or health of the student
- Administrative placement out-of-school or administrative authorization
A medical excuse may be required if the student’s illness exceeds five consecutive days or if the student’s absences due to illness occur for 5% or more of the previous 180 regular attendance days.
Unexcused Absence Information
Unexcused Absences = Absent without Valid Cause
The following will apply for a student’s absence to be reported as unexcused:
- The parent/guardian fails to provide a valid cause for the student’s absence; or
If special circumstances prevented parents/guardians from being able to contact the school, the building administrator will determine the outcome of the absence.
Unexcused Absences = Truancy Violations
Students subject to compulsory school attendance who are absent without valid cause (unexcused) for 5% or more of the previous 180 regular attendance days – which may include prior school year semesters of attendance – are considered “chronic or habitual truants.”
Students who arrive to school after the instructional day has begun and/or students who arrive to their assigned classroom after the class period has begun are considered “tardy.” Excused tardiness to school must meet the same general criteria as an excused absence. The status of tardiness due to circumstances beyond students’ and/or parent/guardians’ control, such as a late bus or poor road conditions, will be determined by school administration.
Circumstances defining excused vs. unexcused tardiness:
Students in grades 6 through 12:
Students in grades Pre-K through 5:
Planned Early Release and/or Late Arrival
Parent/Guardian permission is required for a student to leave school before the end of the instructional day and/or for a student who will be arriving at a later point during the instructional day.
Prearranged, Extended Absences and Special Circumstances
A prearranged absence is when parents/guardians are aware in advance that the student will be absent from school.
An extended absence is one lasting four or more consecutive days. Whenever possible, parents/guardians must communicate with school of office staff in advance of a prearranged and/or extended absence.
- Students with prearranged and/or extended absences may be required to complete/provide additional documentation in order for the absence to be excused.
Student of Active-Duty Military Personnel
According to the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children, a student whose parent or legal guardian has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or immediately returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting, may be granted excused absences at the discretion of building administration.
Making up Academic Work
The following guidelines apply for students who miss school for any reason:
- Students will be given up to two days to complete makeup work for each day the student is absent.