WBHS ATTENDANCE PHILOSOPHY:
We believe in the value of every student in every class, every day. Regular attendance is necessary if students are to receive full benefit from their educational experiences. The benefits of class discussion, individual student participation, teacher lectures and other classroom activities cannot be made up by those who are absent. School attendance is the joint responsibility of the students, parents and school.
ATTENDANCE CODES IN POWERSCHOOL:
Present = blank
Absent = A
Tardy = T
Excused Absent = E
Field Trip = FT
With Administrator/Counselor = AC
In School Suspension = IS
Out of School Suspension = OS
R3 Room = R3
Excused Tardy = TEX
Exempt = X
Out Pass = OP
ABSENCES: Excused absences are absences excused by a parent/guardian within 24 hours of the absences but not later than the next school day following the absence. Failure to contact the school by calling will result in an UNEXCUSED absence.
- To excuse an absence, a parent/guardian must call 248-865-6722, prompt 1
- Exempt absences are absences due to suspension or school sanctioned activities. These absences do not count toward a student’s total number of absences in a class.
- Please call the attendance line, 248-865-6722, prompt 2, for a tardy to be excused.
- Students arriving late must check in at the Attendance Office to obtain a pass to class.
- If a student is late to class without a pass, they will be sent to the Attendance Office.
- The 3rd unexcused tardy will result in a discipline referral.
- Students may only have 3 tardies per marking period excused.
- The 3rd tardy, during the 1st period of any day, will result in the loss of the student’s parking sticker for 10 school days.
- Students that are more than 20 minutes late to class will be marked absent.
OUTPASSES: Students are not permitted to leave school for any reason without an outpass from the Attendance Office.
- An outpass requires a parent/guardian to contact the Attendance Office, 248-865-6722, prompt 3, prior to the student’s exit from the building. Students leaving the school without prior authorization from the Attendance Office will be recorded as unexcused from classes missed and may result in violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
- WBHS is a closed campus during lunch hours. Absences during lunch may require further documentation.
- The student should pick up the outpass:
- Between classes
- During lunch
- Upon leaving school
UNEXCUSED ABSENCES: An unexcused absence may result in the following actions.
- The student may receive an Attendance Referral and conference with an administrator.
- The student may be subject to disciplinary action and/or loss of credit which could include, but is not limited to, lunch detention, Saturday School or In School Suspension.
- ANY unexcused absence may result in discipline under the Student Code of Conduct or a referral to Youth Assistance or Oakland County Truancy (if under 16).
NOTE: Truancy is against the law for students 17 years or younger and may result in referral to the court system.
POTENTIAL LOSS OF CREDIT DUE TO EXCESSIVE ABSENCES:
- After 5 unexcused absences in a class, a letter will be sent home notifying parents and requesting communication with administration.
- After 10 unexcused absences in a class, a student will not receive credit for passing the course without submitting an Absence Appeal Form, which may result in the student needing to take and pass an exit exam for that class in order to regain credit.
- After 8 total absences in a class, both excused and unexcused, a letter will be sent home notifying parents and requesting communication with administration.
- After 15 total absences in a class, both excused and unexcused, a student will not receive credit for passing the course without submitting an Absence Appeal Form, which may result in the student needing to take and pass an exit exam for that class in order to regain credit.
- Students will only be called out of class for emergency purposes in order to limit disruption of classroom instruction.
- Following board policy, there are to be no interruptions of classes except for medical emergencies.
- Other urgent messages will be given to students during class breaks.
Excused Absences: It is the responsibility of the student to make up any required work and tests that have been missed during any excused absence from a regularly scheduled class. The student has one (1) day for each day absent to make up work.
The student returning from an excused or exempt absence may be required to take a test immediately upon his return if the teaching was done, the test date scheduled, and the student was made aware of the test prior to the absence. This also applies to assignments due during a student’s absence.
In arranging make-up work, the teacher has the choice of: (a) requiring the student to make-up the work, including tests, during the scheduled make-up period and counting the grades when establishing averages or (b) exempting the work completely. In the case of an exemption, the student would not be penalized and the grade average would be based on what the student has completed. Special considerations will be made for absences due to a death in the immediate family.
Unexcused Absences: In case of an unexcused absence, make-up privileges are denied and missed tests and quizzes are given a grade of F. Please note that absences cannot be excused after 24 hours.
Absence Resulting from Suspension: Students in In-School Suspension for a class period will have no additional time to complete work as they are expected to do the work in the ISS room.
Students suspended from school will have the opportunity to make up any work and/or tests missed. For suspensions over three (3) days, in which a make-up packet was provided by the teacher to the Attendance Office, the work will be due the day the suspended student returns to school. A homework request can be made by calling the Attendance Office. For suspensions three (3) days or less, the student will receive the make-up work when he/she returns. Students will have one (1) day for each day suspended to make-up the work.
If a student refuses or fails to serve In-School Suspension, the student will serve an out of school suspension. Discipline will be administered progressively according to the Student Code of Conduct. Make-up work will be due the day the suspended student returns to school.