Attendance policies and procedures and online attendance form
Absence, Late Arrival, or Early Release Notification
Communicate an absence to the Main Office through the attendance email [email protected], by phone at 703-610-5757 or by using the form below. Be specific about the reason why your child will not be attending school and indicate whether your child has any of the following symptoms in the "reason for absence" field below.
Virginia State Law
Virginia State law requires that each student who is absent from school must be reported each time by a responsible person. An excused absence is one for which parents/guardians have prior knowledge, consent, and a legitimate reason. Legitimate reasons include: illness of the student, death in the family, and observance of a religious holiday. Absences for family and student vacations are unexcused.
According to state law, the following actions need to be taken:
- 5 Unexcused days - parent notification via letter and plan required
- 6 Unexcused days - (one additional day) - conference required
- 7 Unexcused days - attendance officer involved, possible court action
Weekly attendance calls will be made to parents whose students have accrued five or more unexcused absences, requesting that parents contact the school to develop an attendance plan.
Dental and Medical
Dental and medical appointments are excused; however, we ask that such appointments be kept to a minimum during the instructional day.
Absences for family and student vacations are unexcused. Students are responsible for completing any missed assignments. Teachers will provide the student and parent or guardian with missed work, but are not obligated to provide assignments prior to family or student vacations.
Late Arrival Student Arrival
If your child arrives after 8:50 a.m., they are considered late. Students who are repeatedly late in a school year will have a letter placed in their school file. If the student continues to be late a meeting with the principal, school counselor, student, and parent will be held to discuss the situation.
Release of Student
We will not release any child to any adult other than the parent/guardian or persons listed on the emergency care form. Students may be released to either parent unless prohibited by a court order. If restricted custody has been legally established, a parent must furnish a copy of the custody order to be kept on file in the school office.
Watch the video below in which FCPS Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand talks about the importance of attending school every day.