TCA Attendance Policy

Promptness is an important aspect of character and a measure of school citizenship. Parents are expected to see that their child/children get to school on time. Students should be seated and ready to begin class when the bell rings at 8:00 a.m. Parents who drop their children off at 8:00 a.m. or anytime thereafter must do the following: Sign your child into school in the school office and state the reason for tardiness on the tardy slip.
† Five school tardies equal one unexcused absence plus $3 for the fifth tardy and each subsequent tardy.
† School tardies are cumulative and will not be dropped at the end of a nine-week grading period.
† Being tardy will prevent students from receiving the perfect attendance award at the end of the school year.
† When arriving late, all assignments due that day must be turned in for any subject/classes missed. Students are fully responsible to seek out their teachers to fulfill these responsibilities.

There is no factor more important to successful school progress than regular school attendance. Students who are excessively absent will fall behind in academic achievement. As a result, grades could be affected and grade promotion/course credit could be in jeopardy.    
† No student may miss more than ten (10) days and pass a grade or receive course credit for the  year. These days include both excused absences and unexcused absences. Middle/high school students see “Attendance” and “Attendance Retrieval” on page 19 of the Student Guidelines.
† Absences are classified as either excused (lawful) or unexcused (unlawful). Excusing an absence does  not mean it is erased. Excusing the absence means there is a legal/valid reason for the absence, but the absence remains on the student’s record.
† Students arriving to school after 11:00 a.m. or leaving school before 11:00 a.m. will be  considered absent for the entire day.  
† A written excuse, by parents/guardians or a healthcare facility, should be sent to the school after an  absence. An extended illness (more than three days) or a contagious illness will require a doctor's  statement regarding the nature of the illness upon returning to school.  
† We request that parents call the school office by 8:15 a.m. if you know that your child will be absent. Makeup work may be requested at this time for pick up at the end of the school day.    
† NO STUDENT may participate in a school function (practices, games, social events) unless he/she is in  attendance during the regular school day.
† Five early dismissals will result in one unexcused school absence.

PLANNED ABSENCES - Students may receive approval for a maximum of five days of planned absences for family trips and church activities per year. These absences may be approved if the student meets the established criteria. Parents need to submit a Planned Absence Request form (available through the school office or the school website) to the principal at least one week in advance of the absence.  A student must be in good standing with each teacher/class, not failing any classes, not have a problem with tardies, and not be in danger of exceeding the number of absences allowed to earn credit. The form must be signed by the student’s parents, principal, and teachers. Absences will not be authorized during standardized testing or middle/high school exams. PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT WHILE THESE DAYS MAY BE APPROVED, THEY STILL COUNT AS ABSENCES. Students are responsible for making up all missed work, tests, and other assignments.