Please remember to call our attendance line (720) 972-5617 and excuse your child before 8:00am. Please try to schedule appointments for before or after school. If that is not possible, please bring a doctor's note so your absence can be excused. Rocky Mountain is striving for better attendance! Thank you for your help in achieving this goal!
For your child's learning to best flourish, it is imperative that they continuously arrive to school on time at 7:35am. Excessive absences/tardies are those which though excused occur in such quantity that they affect a student’s overall academic performance. Students who are excessively absent/tardy are subject to the following:
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- Excused and unexcused absences can both add up to too much time lost in the classroom.
- Students are at-risk academically if they miss ten percent of the school year, which equates to missing 18 days of school.
- Chronic absences affect the entire class, not just the student who is absent. If too many students miss school the teacher may have to repeat material so that they can catch up, which slows down the learning for the rest of the class.
- Early interventions can help students and families obtain the resources and support they need to overcome barriers and get back on track.
Step One: 3-4 Absences/Tardies
Teacher or staff member may have conference with student.
Step Two: 4-5 Absences/Tardies
Teacher or administrator may contact parent.
Step Three: 6-7 Absences/Tardies
A notice of “attendance concern” may be sent to the home address. The administration may also contact the parents to set up an attendance conference. Students with 6 or more tardies are subject to possible disciplinary action.
Step Four: 8-10 Absences/Tardies
Parents and administration may meet to set up an attendance contract.
Step Five: 11 Or More Absences/Tardies
Administration refers case to the Office of Intervention Services
An absence which is not reported to the attendance line, or office, is considered unexcused. In addition, absences that are re-ported to the office but are due to weather conditions, missing the bus, car problems, and over sleeping may be considered unexcused. Unexcused absences are subject to possible disciplinary action (including those listed under excessive absences/tardies) by the Principal and/or District Attendance Officer. Students with 4 or more unexcused absences may be referred to the Truancy Reduction Project with the 17th Judicial District.
Additionally, students with unexcused absences may not receive credit for class work missed, but are responsible for knowledge and completion of class work covered during their absence (Board Policy 5126.96.36.199)