Attendance is vital to enhancing one’s knowledge. Frequent absences result in lost classroom interchange, a valuable component of the learning process. A parent/guardian must call in a student’s absence by contacting the Registrar at 802.867.5717 x275. A student who has been absent must bring a written note from parent or doctor to the Registrar when he/she returns to school. Failure to do so means the absence is unexcused. Long Trail School supports Vermont law for compulsory attendance by students between the ages of 6 and 16 years (16 V.S.A. §1121).
Any student arriving to campus after attendance has been taken will be considered tardy. Any student arriving late to class will be considered tardy. All tardies will be documented and consequences will be given for the following numerical benchmarks:
- Once a student has amassed 3 tardies in the same marking period, he/she will serve one lunch detention.
- If a student receives a 4th (or 5th) tardy, he/she will serve an additional lunch detention for each tardy.
- The 6th tardy in the same marking period will result in the student serving one afterschool detention. Afterschool program participation, including athletics and the Arts, may be affected by this requirement.
- If a student receives a 7th (or 8th) tardy, he/she will serve an additional afterschool detention for each tardy.
- 9 or more tardies in one marking period will result in a meeting with the student, parents, advisor and Dean of Students to address the issue.
- Excused absences are those in which the Registrar receives a phone call, note, or email from the parent explaining the absence.
- Unexcused absences are those in which the Registrar has not received follow up or written notification. Each unexcused absence will result in the student serving one afterschool detention. Afterschool program participation, including athletics and the Arts, may be affected by this requirement.
- Planned absences include family trips, hospitalization, a college visit, a required court appearance, religious holidays, and parent-approved appointments. All planned absences must be approved by the Dean of Students at least one week prior to the absence.
- Ten days of accumulated absences, excused and unexcused, will be reviewed by the student’s advisor and the Dean of Students.
- Students who have absences totaling 20 days or more in a semester (excused, unexcused and/or planned) will run the risk of forfeiting credit.
- Students are expected to make up all work for all absences. In the case of an unexcused absence, students will receive zeros for that day’s work. In the case of a planned absence, a special project may be assigned. Students are responsible for contacting their teachers within 24 hours following an absence to determine a plan to make up work.
- A student must be in school for the majority of the day to be eligible to participate in after school commitments and events.
When students arrive late or leave early:
- A student arriving late must report to the Registrar with a note from his/her parent explaining the lateness. A student’s driving privileges may be revoked for one week following three late arrivals.
- A student who must leave early for an appointment must notify the Registrar no later than 8:30 am and return to the Registrar to sign out when he/she leaves.