Regular and punctual attendance is mandatory for all students. Students need to attend school daily and be in class on time so that optimum benefits of their education can be achieved. Unexcused and/or excessive absences and tardies are unacceptable and affect a student’s successful education and academic performance.
Regular school attendance is key to student academic success. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to schedule medical, dental and personal appointments during non-school hours. However, if a child must leave campus early, parent/legal guardian must contact the school office for an early release Off-Campus Pass. Requests may be made with a written note or by contacting school office staff at 305-5300.
Students are considered tardy if they arrive to class after the session bell has rung. Please check bell schedule.
Excessive tardies is a Class D Offense therefore consequences are handled at the school level.
Consequences may include, but are not limited to; detention during school (café), detention after school, Saturday Intervention Program with and/or without parents.
Parent/Guardian of a student who is absent must call the school office at 305-5300 by 8:30 am on the day of the absence. Homework requests should also be directed to the main office. Please allow for 24-hour processing of request. Parent/Guardian must obtain a doctor’s note in order for absence to be considered excused. Upon return from the absence the student must bring a written note signed by parent/guardian or doctor stating the date and reason for the absence. The student must show this note and have it signed by all teachers and turn it into the office at the close of the school day .
Parents must notify the school of prolonged absences. Any student who misses school due to absences is responsible for contacting the teachers and working out a plan to make up any missed work (Per Chapter 19, rev. January 2013). Absences are not considered violations. However, absences may be detrimental to a student’s learning due to loss in instructional time.
Parents must notify the school in writing as soon as plans for any extended absences are known.
Parents choosing to take their children on extended family trips (of 2 weeks or longer) are advised that their children may be released (disenrolled) from school. Upon the student’s return, parents may need to re-enroll the student. Alternative assignments while on a trip do not fully take the place of daily attendance and participation in class. Extended absences may affect a student’s academic progress.
Educational Neglect vs. Truancy
The Hawaii Revised Statutes (H.R.S. 302A-1132) states that all school aged children must attend either a public or a private school unless exempted. School age children who will be at least six (6) years old and who will not be eighteen (18) years old by January 1 of any school year. This section states that any parent or guardian having the responsibility for the care of a child must ensure that the child attend school unless exempted by law. Excessive absences and tardies are subject to school review and possible court petition of educational neglect. Education Neglect is a petition to family court in which parents must appear to justify why their child is not attending school on a regular basis.
It is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that their child attends school. A Truancy Petition is a petition to family court in which the student must appear to explain why he/she has been cutting out of school and not attending school on a regular basis.