IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING STUDENT ATTENDANCE AT EMS
It is important for middle school students to attend Edwardsburg Middle School on a regular basis, which will help them perform well academically in preparation for high school, college, and employment. Your child will struggle academically if they miss over 10% of the school days, or approximately one day every two weeks. These absences can be either excused or unexcused absences, but they represent time missed in the classroom environment and a lost opportunity to learn.
By middle and high school, chronic absence can be a warning sign that a student will drop out of school. Also, too many students who are absent in a classroom environment can affect the whole classroom, which will slow down instruction. Families should avoid extended vacations during the school year, which require your child to miss school. Try to line up vacations that correspond with school vacation days. Try to set up doctor’s appointments that are outside of the school day. You can set up homework and bedtime routines, making sure they get about 8½ to 9½ hours of sleep. Make sure that when it is time for your child to go to bed, they are turning off their cell phone, video game, and computer. At Edwardsburg Middle School, we will provide support for students who are chronically absent from school. We need to work together to show our students that attending school on a regular basis is important. Please contact EMS if you need help and support regarding your child’s attendance.
Please read the important information below regarding our EMS Attendance Policy, which is also included in your child’s student handbook:
EMS Attendance Policy
An absence is defined as not being present in class for more than 15 minutes. Absences will be considered excused for professional appointments, personal illness, other serious personal family problems, and family trips at times other than during semester examinations. The building principal, or a designee, shall determine whether the absence warrants an excused or an unexcused absence. Administration has the autonomy to require, from the parent of each student who has been absent for any reason, documentation to confirm the cause for such absence.
It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements to make up work within the allowable time span. If a student has an excused absence or an absence resulting from participation in school activities or disciplinary restrictions/suspensions, the student may make up all work and tests missed. One day shall be granted for make-up work for each day of absence except in cases of final examinations or end-of-year work for which special arrangements must be made. Failure to make up the work in the time allowed will result in no credit awarded for missed assignments, projects, or tests. Students are required to have a parent or guardian telephone (663-1076), email the attendance administrative assistant, or bring a note to the school office, excusing their absence, by 2:00 p.m. on the day following their absence(s). Students sent home during the school day due to illness must still have their parents notify the office for any additional days of school missed.
If the absence is not excused because of failure to follow the procedure for excusing an absence, the absence will be unexcused. Any absence that does not conform to the definition of an excused absence or that does not result from participation in school activities or disciplinary restrictions/suspensions, shall be classified an unexcused absence. An unexcused absence means that no credit will be given for assignments, projects, or tests due on the day missed, and students will have no opportunity to make up work or to take tests given at the time of the unexcused absence.
If you are going to be absent for several days, you may have your absences prearranged. A prearranged absence may be obtained by filling out a form, which is available in the office. If the form is filled out and signed by your parent/guardian and returned to the office three (3) days prior to your absence, this will fulfill the daily parental obligation to inform the school of your absence.