CHECKING OUT OF SCHOOL
When it is necessary for a student to leave school before dismissal time, a parent/guardian should report to the front office to check-out the student. Such a check-out will require a signature. Parents/Guardians may also notify the front office in advance of the check-out. The procedures for check-outs are:
- The parent/guardian must report to the front office and sign the check-out log.
- Identification must be presented upon request.
- If anyone other than the parent/guardian is to be sent to check-out a student, a note signed by the parent/guardian and identification will be required. A phone call will be placed to the parent/guardian in the absence of a note.
- If a student knows that he/she needs to check-out in advance, a parent note should be brought to front office no later than 8:00 a.m. (The parent note must contain the student’s name, date, time, and phone number of the parent/guardian). The office staff will call the parent before the designated time to verify the check-out.
If a student becomes ill and needs to check-out, the teacher will send the student to the office. Once parent/guardian approval is given to the request, the student will be called back to the office to check-out. No student may leave the campus without following proper procedures and signing out. Doctor and dental appointments, personal illness of student or serious illness in the immediate family (when verified by a physician), death in the family, religious holidays, or school sponsored meetings are the only check-outs that will be excused.
When a parent goes out of town, the office needs written notification of authorized people who will check the child out in case of illness or an emergency. Students will be checked out only to parents/guardians unless written permission is provided from parents/guardians and verified by office staff.
A parent/guardian who suspects that some unauthorized person may try to check-out a student should notify the school office. Unless the school has legal custody papers on file, a child will be released to either natural parent. When in doubt about check-out circumstances contact the attendance clerk or school administrator.
To guard instruction time and due to the extreme busyness in the office at the time, there will be no check-outs after 2:00 P.M.
EXCUSED AND UNEXCUSED ABSENCES
According to the compulsory school attendance law, a middle school student must be present at least 167 days per school year to be eligible for promotion. An absence will not count against the total number of required days when the absence is due to: (1) personal illness of student or family member (when verified by a physician); (2) death in the immediate family; (3) certain recognized religious holidays; (4) natural catastrophe and/or disaster; or (5) attending school approved activities.
As specified in the Caddo Parish Discipline Policy, absences due to personal illness are only excused with a doctor’s note or a parent’s note within two school days after returning to school. Doctor’s excuses and notes from parents must be brought to the front office when the student returns to school before going to class. When a student returns to school after an excused absence, he/she has three days or a number of days equal to the number of days of consecutive absences, whichever is greater, following his/her return to class to make up his/her work. It is the student’s responsibility to secure any and all assignments after an absence and see that they are turned in within the time allotted.
These absences are not confirmed by written documentation and will count against the total number of days students must be present at school. Students are not allowed to make up classwork, however, this is the teacher’s discretion.
Suspended days are unexcused absences and make-up work is allowed according to the attendance policy for Caddo Parish Schools. The teacher is allowed to give make-up work for 50% of the grade.
Absences should be reported by the parent/guardian to the office between 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on the day the student is absent. Parents will be called by JCAMPUS to verify their child’s absence if the absence has not been reported by a parent. This is to confirm that the parent is aware that the student is absent and to request an explanation for the absence. Calling the school to report an absence does not excuse an absence unless a doctor’s excuse is on file or the absence falls under the excused absence category.
Every student at Youree Drive Middle School is responsible for getting to class on time. Teachers should demand punctual attendance and follow through with parent contacts, detention, etc. when students are tardy. Learning to be on time is a very important lesson for middle school students. It is our responsibility to help them with this lesson. The school administration will monitor the halls watching for students who are late to their classes. Students who are late will be accountable to the administration.
Tardies will accumulate throughout the nine weeks (Ex. Student tardy on Monday during 2nd period – 1 accumulated tardy; same student tardy on Tuesday during 3rd period – 2 accumulated tardies) and be disciplined according to the total number of accumulated tardies. Tardies will start over each nine weeks.
1 Tardy - Warning through teacher and recorded
2 Tardies - Warning through teacher and recorded
3 Tardies - Warning through teacher and recorded
4 Tardies or more- Parent return
This is a serious matter and everyone needs to get to class on time. Students will be rewarded for having limited amount of tardies, which will be discussed at the beginning of the school year. This procedure will be in effect the entire school year. Accumulated tardies to class will terminate at the end of the nine weeks.
GUIDELINES FOR MORNING TARDIES TO SCHOOL
Students who arrive to school between 7:30-7:50 will be marked late to school by the homeroom teacher. A child will never be marked late to school if he/she rides a Caddo Parish School bus to school. In the morning, a student is only to report to the front office if their bus is late, or if they have a doctor’s note. At 7:50, teachers complete attendance. Any student arriving after this time is to report to the office for a tardy. Whenever a student comes to school after first hour, he/she will report to the office for a late to school admit.
Personal illness or serious illness in the immediate family (verified by a physician), death in the family, religious holidays, or school sponsored meetings are the ONLY excused check-ins. This is the only reason a parent should report to the office with their child for a late check-in. On all other incidents, he/she will be marked as a late check-in. A parent walking in with their child does not constitute an excused tardy. It is vital that all students report to school on time daily.