First Lutheran School Attendance Policy
A careful study over a period of years shows a direct relationship between regular attendance and a good scholastic record. Parents are responsible for regular attendance of their children. Pupils entering a classroom after the last bell are marked tardy. Students missing ½ of the morning or afternoon are counted absent ½ day. Parents are asked to phone the school by 9 o'clock if their child will be absent. Parents are urged to make all appointments with doctors, dentists, etc. after school hours if at all possible. Students who arrive after 8:25 must check in at the school office in their building before going to class. FLS expects that no student will miss more than 10 days of school per semester. In cases where 10 days have been missed by a student the school board will be asked to meet with the students family to discuss the students'attendance.
ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCES: Your child's attendance patterns often have a direct link with achievement. Frequent absences hurt academic performance. Unless children are ill, they must be in school on time every day. Absences are considered excused for the following reasons:
- Student illness
- Student medical appointment
- Bereavement (some restrictions apply ... please contact the school office).
- Some religious observances
Parents must notify their child's school office within 24 hours. This can be done by phone (512-762-4243) if you feel there's a possibility that your child might miss more than one day. When your child returns to school, you should send an absence note with an explanation for the child's absence from school. ALL other absences are considered unexcused. If you would like more specific information regarding school attendance laws, please ask in the office.
TARDINESS is a serious detriment to each child's and each classroom's success. When a child is tardy, it prevents him/her from benefit of the most important part of a school day when the day's work is outlined. Tardiness is a serious distraction for the teacher and students who are punctual, because it detracts from the progress of the class. Although excessive tardiness is when a child is late in excess of 30 minutes, the habitual tardiness of 5 to 10 minutes is equally detrimental. This is typically the parents' responsibility. Please assist your child to learn the valuable lesson of personal responsibility by setting the example for punctuality. It is a most valuable life skill.
EARLY DISMISSAL: If a child needs to be taken out of school before the regular dismissal:
- Come to the office to sign the student out.
- Please do not go to the classroom to get your child.
- The office will send for your child.