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Regular attendance is necessary for students to do well in school.  The district has a goal of 96% daily attendance.  Jefferson School’s personal goal is 97%.  Class recognition and awards are offered to encourage 100% attendance.  It is the student’s responsibility to obtain make-up work for the times they are absent.  Students on Independent Study will not have their spot held longer than 5 days.


Parents need to call the office the same day the child is out to verify their absence.  Excused absences include illness, doctor or dental appointments, and funeral services for immediate family members only. Physician’s Note needs to be given to the Jefferson Office no later than three days after an absence. 

If your child is absent from school for 5 consecutive days, he/she will lose their placement and this will also affect their placement for the next school year.  For absences due to illness, a Doctor’s note must be presented to the office by the 3rd day of your child’s absence to ensure their placement.


Children are expected to arrive at school on time.   Instruction begins at 8:00 a.m.  There are a number of important tasks that begin as soon as school starts such as registering of attendance, homework collection, and assignment explanations.  It is extremely disruptive to break these routines for tardy students.  Students who arrive to school after the 8:00 a.m. bell and are not seated in their classroom are considered tardy and must sign in through the front office. Tardies can be excused only with a doctor’s note. After 3 unexcused tardies your child will serve detention during lunch recess.  

Excessive tardies and/or absences will result in a letter mailed home to parents/guardians from the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB).


Any child entering or leaving the school grounds, at any time, other than the regular dismissal time, must check in or out through the front office by a parent or guardian.  Students may be excused during school hours for medical, dental, and optometry appointments.  It is very important that the parent or guardian provide the school with a note from the medical office for any appointment(s) scheduled during school hours as soon as possible.  This will help clear your child’s attendance of any unexcused tardy, absence, or truancy.