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ATTENDANCE POLICY

All students enrolled in Martin Luther King Elementary, regardless of age, are required to be in continuous attendance. If a student has to be absent from school, a written note from the parent/guardian which states the reason for the student's absence should be sent to the school after each absence. Make-up work will be given for all excused absences.

Please refer to the *MPS Code of Student Behavior.

ABSENCES AND EXCUSES

All absences are coded as either "excused" or "unexcused." Within three (3) days, parents must send a written excuse (note) to their child's homeroom teacher explaining the reason for the absence. FAILURE TO PROVIDE A WRITTEN EXCUSE WILL RESULT IN AN ABSENCE BEING CODED AS "UNEXCUSED." Ten (10) unexcused absences or Twenty (20) excused absences can result in your child being retained at the end of the school year.

Excused Absences:

  1. Too ill to attend school
  2. Inclement weather, which would be dangerous to the life of the student if he/she attended school
  3. Legal quarantine
  4. Death in the student's immediate family
  5. Emergency and special conditions with prior permission from the Principal

Students absent due to a contagious diseases (for example: such as; but not limited to, diphtheria, scarlet fever, strep throat, ringworm, TB, mumps, hepatitis, pink eye, head lice, impetigo, mono, etc.) must present a certificate from a physician or the Health Department before returning to school.

ONLY STUDENTS WHO HAVE EXCUSED ABSENCES CAN MAKE UP THEIR CLASSWORK. THIS WORK WILL BE GIVEN TO THE STUDENT WHEN HE/SHE RETURNS TO SCHOOL. SUSPENSIONS ARE UNEXCUSED ABSENCES. THIS WORK CANNOT BE MADE UP.

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