Admiral Arthur W. Radford High School

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Attendance Policy and Procedures



All students are expected to attend school regularly, to attend all classes, and to arrive to school and to classrooms on time.  The following reminders shall serve as a guide for attendance procedures.


  1. Excused Absences
    Illness, personal injury, medical or dental appointments, court summons, appointments for military ID, driver’s permit or license, or scholarship.

  2. Unexcused Absences
    Family vacation, babysitting, personal business, and transporting or accompanying family member to appointments. Note: Students have THREE class days to bring an excusal note to their teachers.  Failure to do so will result in unexcused absence(s) remaining on record.

  3. Excused Tardies
    Late school bus, medical appointments, driver's permit or license, detained by teacher or vice-principal (must produce note).  School personnel assigned to cafeteria will provide excused notes for students.

  4. Unexcused Tardies
    All other reasons not listed above including traffic and car trouble. Student tardy to school shall report to the Administration Office.  The student will be signed in when accompanied by a parent or in possession of a note.

  5. Unexcused Absence Procedures followed by Faculty
    First: 2nd Day of absence in quarter.  Teacher contacts parents (discipline within class).
    Second: 4th Day of absence in quarter.  Teacher refers to counselor (counsels student and calls parents).
    Third: 6th Day of absence in quarter.  Teacher refers to counselor.  Conference with parents.
    Fourth: 8th Day of absence in quarter.  Referral to counselor; Conference with Administrator scheduled.

  6. Consequences for Unexcused Tardies
    First two: Teacher discipline internally.
    Third: Refer to counselor.
    Fourth: Refer to vice-principal for appropriate discipline.

  7. Homework for Absences
    If a child is absent from school for three (3) or more consecutive days, the parent/guardian may request for homework by calling your child’s counselor.  A 24-hour notice is needed for teachers when a homework request is made.  Parents may pick up the homework at the front office after 2:30 P.M. of the day following the request.  You may call the front office to confirm that there are assignments for your child before coming to the school.