Attendance Policy


Saint Susanna School Tardiness Policy

We have an obligation to our students to set a good example as well as hold them accountable for being on time to school.  Parents play a major role in ensuring that their children arrive at school on time.  Please note the following:

The school day begins promptly at 8:20 a.m.  Students should be in their classroom prior to the bell.  Students arriving after the bell must check into the office for a tardy slip.  Teachers will enter daily attendance.  Receptionist will update attendance throughout the day using sign-in/sign-out sheet.

Students arriving at school before 10:20 AM are considered tardy.  After 10:20 AM, a student is considered ½ day absent.  Any student leaving school before 1:15 PM will be considered ½ day absent, as well.

More than 5 tardies per quarter is considered excessive.  Therefore, if there are 3 tardies in one quarter parents will receive a call from their child’s teacher.  A letter will be sent home to the parents if there are 5 or more tardies in a grading period.  Beyond that, if the problem continues, a parent/principal conference will be set up.


Please be sure to contact the receptionist if your child will be absent, tardy (due to appointment, car trouble, etc.) , or needs to leave early.  You can call the school number (839-3713) and leave a message or email Including a message to your child’s teacher is also a good idea, but please alert the receptionist, too, as she will alert all teachers who may see your child during the day.  We want to make sure all children are accounted for each day, and your assistance is vital.  Thank you!

Excused Absences:

1. It is the Parent/guardian’s responsibility to call or e-mail the school office at 839-3713 by 9:00 a.m. to report an absence. If the school does not receive a call by that time, a staff member will call parents to check on the whereabouts of the child.
2. If you wish to pick up homework for your absent child please notify the receptionist when you call to report your child’s absence. The teachers will do their best to provide as much homework as possible; however, please keep in mind that some assignments may have to wait until your child returns.
3. It is important for a student to make-up assignments from an absence in a timely manner in order to keep up with their classmates and not fall behind. Therefore, students will have the number of days absent to make up their missing work. For example: if a student was absent for one day then missing work should be made up within one day of their return. Any work not made up from an absence is subject to the teachers’ late assignment policies and could result in a zero if not made up appropriately.
4. Generally, students receive an excused absence for the following reasons: illness, appointments (medical, dental), funerals, weddings, service as a page of honoree of the Indiana General Assembly, high school shadowing days (for 8thgrade students).
5. If your child has an extended illness (more than 3 consecutive days) parents should provide the principal with a doctor’s note.
6. If the number of absences becomes excessive, more than 6 days per quarter without a written excuse or other notification, the principal may contact the parent to determine an appropriate course of action.
7. It is strongly requested that dental and doctor appointments be made outside of school hours. However, if you need to take your child out of school you must sign your child out when taking your child out of the building and sign him/her back in when you return. Also, please have your child provide the teacher with a written note giving the reason and the time of the appointment.

Unexcused Absences:

1. Students will receive an unexcused absence for days/periods missed because of: personal business, vacations, staying home, or suspension from school.
2. Class work/homework is not required to be given in advance.
a. Credit for daily work will be affected for unexcused absences.
b. If tests are administered during the absence, the student may be given a make-up test when he or she returns. This may be different than the tests the other students take.
**Please note, students with excessive absences (20 or more), excused or unexcused, will be seriously considered for retention and/or may be referred for counseling.