Regular attendance by all students is very important. The Board of Education is required to enforce regular attendance of students. The Board recognizes that regular attendance and promptness are critical to a student’s academic success. In
many cases, irregular attendance is the major reason for poor schoolwork. Therefore, all parents and students will be urged to plan to shop, make doctor and dental appointments, do personal errands, and so forth, outside of school hours.
Regular attendance is required of all students enrolled in the district during the days and hours that school is in session. In light of our obligations to enforce regular attendance of students and to promote their academic progress, we must
limit the number and reasons for student absence. The following reasons for which absence from school will be excused and not counted against the absence limitation:
1. observation of a bona fide religious holiday on that holiday
2. failure of buses to operate
3. school-sponsored functions (field trips, etc.)
4. quarantine for contagious disease
In addition, the student may be permitted an opportunity to make up work missed due to the following absences, but such absences will count toward the 12-day absence limitation.
1. personal illness – doctor’s excuse may be requested in the case of prolonged absence (5 days or more)
2. illness in the family – prior approval is required
3. family emergency – the administration shall determine circumstances which constitute a sufficient cause
4. family vacation – when circumstances necessitate a student to accompany his/her family on vacation,
his/her request for vacation time will be considered on an individual basis and must have prior
approval by the administration. A student’s attendance record must be considered in evaluating such a
request. The request must be submitted five days prior to departure date.
5. death of a relative – number of days to be approved by the building principal
A student will be considered habitually truant if the student is absent without a legitimate excuse for five or more consecutive school days, for seven or more school days in one month, or twelve or more school days in one
school year. (Further attendance policies can be found in the Board’s Policy Manual)
The names of students that are consistently absent or tardy are given to the principal for his review.
- Any student that leaves before 2 pm will receive a half day absence.
- After 2 pm, the student will receive an “R” and the release time will be noted in the computer.
- If a student comes in with a Dr./Dentist slip, an “S” will be entered in the computer and the tardy will not show up on the report card. If you do not have a slip signed by the Dr./Dentist office, you will receive a tardy.
- If a student shows up after missing 2/12 hours of school, he/she will receive a 1/2 day absence (AM or PM absence) - whichever applies.
If your child arrives at 9:05 am or later, you need to sign them in at the office. Once you sign them in, they may take an orange late slip (located on the counter next to the Late Sign-In Book) and proceed to their classroom. They may not come in to the building through any other doors at that time and they should be signed in by an adult.
Reporting an Absence
You need to call and report absences each day your child is out especially if we have not been notified in writing ahead of time. In order to provide the safest possible environment for your children, the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools has adopted the following policy regarding absences:
If your child is going to be absent, or late to school, the school must be notified by 9:00 a.m. You may send in a note with a brother, sister, or neighbor to the school office. If this is not possible, please call the school office at 330-664-4885, with the student’s name, teacher, and reason for the absence.
You may also request that homework be sent home with a sibling or a friend or be sent to the office at that time. All homework will be made available for pick-up after 2:30 pm in the office.
A voice mailbox (330-664-4885) is available 24 hours a day. When a message is left on the office phone, a red light stays lit until it is retrieved.