2015-2016 School Year & Attendance Guidelines
8:30-3:00 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:30-12:30 Wednesday (Minimum Days)
8:40-12:40 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
DATES TO CALENDAR
September 9 – First Day of School
September 16 – Back to School Night, 6:30 PM
October 16 – No School/Teacher In-Service
October 19 – No School
November 11 – Veteran’s Day
November 14 – Harvest Faire, 11am-5pm
November 23 -27 – Thanksgiving Break
December 21 -January 1 – Winter Break
January 18 – MLK Day
January 25 -29 – Parent Conference Week – Minimum Day Release at 12:30
February 12 -15 – President’s Day Weekend
March 11 – No School/Teacher In-Service
April 4 -8 – Spring Break
May 30 – Memorial Day
June 17 – Last Day of School – Minimum Day Release at 12:30
Festivals and other major school events will be featured on the school calendar
At Journey School, students are taught in carefully designed, complete units known as Main Lesson blocks which last 3-4 weeks each. Missing a portion of a block will affect full comprehension of that block as well as future lessons. When school is missed, rhythm is disrupted, lessons cannot be replicated and missed work becomes a burden to complete while staying caught up on current assignments. Regular attendance is extremely important for many additional reasons, including:
- Attendance at school is mandatory by law. Note that the school is required to keep accurate attendance records. The school office must “verify” all absences with the parent, regardless of the reason.
- Journey School depends on student attendance for funding. When a student is absent, school funding is reduced, regardless of the reason for the absence.
- Regular attendance shows a commitment by the family to the school and to the student’s education.
- Regular attendance helps to ensure each student can reach his/her full educational potential.
- As a charter school, Journey School is accountable for overall student performance. A low attendance rate generally has a negative effect on student performance and can therefore affect the school as a whole.
If adults have a good relationship with punctuality and attendance, then our children will learn reliability and respect for others. Consistent punctuality, difficulty though it is for all of us, will do more than anything else to strengthen the will of both adults and children. For this reason, Journey School maintains a consistent daily rhythm for the children. The beginning of the school day establishes the mood for the day, with activities such as movement, speech and music, which bring the class together and prepare the children for work. The students recite a morning verse in unison. It is important that your child is present for these activities and it is equally important that latecomers not interrupt the class.
First Day of School Policy
Students who are not in attendance due to an unexcused absence will be dis-enrolled from the school roster after the 3rd day for which attendance is expected, as it will be assumed that the student has chosen another school option. The School will attempt to reach the Parent/Guardian on a daily basis for each of the first three days to determine whether the student has an excused absence. If the student has a basis for an excused absence, parents must notify the school of the absence and provide documentation.
Reporting Absences to School
Parents are to notify the school office of a student’s absence (regardless of the reason – excused or unexcused) as soon as possible, ideally before 9:30 am when attendance is entered. Physician, dental, counseling and other appointments should be scheduled after school hours. If unavoidable, please notify the office and have the child attend classes both before and after the scheduled appointments. Absences will remain unexcused and accumulate as such unless they are excused for a valid reason. A child’s absence may be verified/excused up to 5 days after your child has been absent. Absences that are not verified within the time allowed will be considered unexcused absences. Unexcused absences due to no-verification will not be overwritten or changed.
At the school’s discretion, a physician’s statement of diagnosis may be required at any point to excuse an absence or extended absence related to illness. Generally, a physician’s statement will be requested on the third consecutive day of a student’s medical absence or when a student’s total days of medical related absence reach seven. A doctor’s statement will be required to excuse absences each time a student misses school for a medical related reason for the remainder of the year.
If one or more of the following occurs, your child will be sent home: temperature of 100 or higher, vomiting, pain in the chest or stomach, fainting, live nits or lice found in hair, injury other than minor cuts or bruises. Please have current emergency contacts listed on your child’s Emergency Forms. Please contact the school immediately if these numbers change during the year.
Absences and Tardy Policy
Journey School’s daily goal is 100% attendance with no tardies. Each day of school is part of a sequential learning process; therefore missing a part of one day without good cause should be avoided.
Absences for the following reasons will be considered as excused absences:
- Illness that involves fever, vomiting, injuries, serious allergies, or situations when a physician recommends a student miss school
- Medical or dental appointments which cannot be scheduled outside the school day
- Religious Holidays
- Court ordered absences
- Other unusual circumstances when approved by the director and requested in advance
Absences for the following reasons will be considered as unexcused absences:
- Minor colds, congestion, and minor allergies, or medical situations when a physician does not recommend the student miss school.
- “Long weekends” and vacations
- Moving days (change of residence)
- Transportation problems
- Appointments for non-essential activities such as haircuts.
Tardy to School
Students who arrive at school after the start of the student day are considered tardy. Those who arrive after the start of the student day (8:30) are to stop by the office where they will be marked tardy and receive a pass that will permit them into the classroom.
Excused tardies are those that are verified in writing by the director and or his/her designee.
Leaving Early/Early Departure
Please avoid picking up students before the dismissal time. It is important to honor every class and all instructional time at Journey School. If a pattern develops, administration will schedule a parent conference at which additional measures for compliance will be discussed and during which placement at the school and/ or other additional actions may be considered.