Attendance Policy

The Heritage Academy Attendance Policy is based on our commitment to both supporting passion related absenteeism and acknowledging the importance of regular attendance for academic success. We strive to accommodate our students’ needs to be away from school for tournaments, competitions, and performances. We also strive to assure that student attendance in class is sufficient to enable successful fulfillment of course requirements.

Therefore, students are expected to be in attendance except for passion-area competitions/tournaments, illness, family emergency, or approved college visit days for second semester juniors and seniors. The parent or houseparent/residential instructor for boarding students is expected to call the school on the day of an absence. Parents may not call in to report an absence if the student is in the care of housing supervisors. If a call verifying the student’s absence with an approved school reason has not been recorded by the school office, the student’s absence will be considered an unexcused absence.

If a significant number of excused or unexcused absences accumulate, and results in decreasing academic performance, a conference will be required with the student, parents/ houseparents/ residential instructors, teachers and administrator to determine appropriate next steps. Whenever there is a decline in student performance due to extended absences, tutorial support will be recommended and arranged.

All students are expected to arrive at school on time and leave school when dismissed. The school must be notified if a student needs to leave school before regular dismissal. Students who leave campus without permission will be issued demerits. Students who are absent from a class without authorization will be issued demerits for each class missed. Students must always check out at the main desk when leaving or returning to campus.

Excused Absences

Students are expected to be in attendance except for illness, family emergency, approved college visit days, or passion-area competitions/tournaments. All course work missed is expected to be completed upon the student’s return to school from an excused absence. A student is allowed two days for each excused day of absence for make up work. Make up quizzes and tests must be taken outside of school time upon return under adult supervision. Students must make transportation arrangements to arrive early or stay after school to complete missed quizzes/tests, to be taken under supervision of school personnel. Students are expected to check www.Edline.net by course title for class work while away from school. Students who miss school for tournaments should inform teachers and provide appropriate time in advance to prepare material.

Illness

Students are excused for illness if a parent/houseparent/residential instructor calls school within the first block of the student’s schedule to verify the absence. A doctor’s note may be requested.

Family Emergency

Parents should notify the school as soon as possible in the event of a family emergency. Flight schedules, early departure or extended vacation time around school holidays or weekends are not considered family emergencies.

Passion-Area Tournaments/Competitions

Passion related tournaments, competitions or performances during the school day are considered an excused absence. Travel time and layovers between closely-scheduled tournaments will be provided as excused time. The school requests that confirmation of participation in competition be provided.

College Visits

Seniors are allowed five excused absences for college visits. In order for a student to be excused, arrangements must be made through the Director of Student Services/Guidance Counselor. Second semester juniors may be approved by the Director of Student Services/Guidance Counselor for limited college visits as needed.

Unexcused Absences

Students are expected to be in attendance except for illness, family emergency, approved college visit days, or passion-area competitions/tournaments. All other absences are considered unexcused. Students will be allowed to complete missed assignments and tests for only the first 3 days of unexcused absence per semester. These 3 days provide families flexibility for individual situations. After the first 3 days of unexcused absence, an unexcused absence means the student will receive a “zero” on any work done in class, assignments, and tests due during an unexcused absence. While students are encouraged to complete the missed work for no credit in order to learn missed material, each unexcused absence increases a student’s chance of losing credit by accumulating zeros that could result in failing a class.

Late Arrivals

Any enrolled student not in attendance beginning the first day of each semester who has not notified the front desk providing an approved school reason for the late arrival, will be considered an unexcused absence.

Family Vacations

The school provides for regular vacation periods during the school year. Students will not be excused from academic commitments because of early departures to or late returns from vacations or weekends, or for family vacations that do not coincide with Heritage Academy vacations. It is expected that students and families respect the school’s calendar and not extend personal vacations. Leaving early or returning late around a school vacation will be considered an unexcused absence.

No Contact

If a call verifying the student’s absence with an approved school reason has not been recorded by the school office, the student’s absence will be considered an unexcused absence.