Policy on School Absences

Late arrivals are disruptive to teachers and impact the entire class. Every child should arrive ON TIME, ready to learn. Our school day begins at 8:40 a.m. and ends at3:15 p.m. Students arriving after 8:50 a.m. are marked tardy and must report to the security guard to receive a tardy pass. Absence and tardy reports become part of a student’s permanent school record.

Absences will only be excused if there is written notification made to the main office by emailing keyschoolattendance@gmail.com. Any absences must be excused within five days of the absences.  Excused absences include the following:

  • Student illness (a doctor’s note is required if a student is absent for more than five days);
  • Death in the student’s immediate family;
  • Necessity for a student to attend a judicial proceeding as a plaintiff, defendant, witness or juror;
  • Observance of a religious holiday;
  • Temporary school closings due to weather, unsafe conditions or other emergencies;
  • Medical reasons such as a doctor’s appointment (a doctor’s note is required);
  • Failure of DC to provide transportation where legally responsible;
  • Lawful suspension or exclusion from school by school authorities;
  • Absences to allow students to visit their parent or legal guardian, who is in the military; immediately before, during or after deployment;

Students who are absent may be subject to the following responses (per DCPS policy and DC Municipal Regulations):

  • Individual/group counseling to address attendance needs.
  • Participation in the creation of, and adherence to, an attendance student support plan.
  • Parents of students with five (5) unexcused absences will be requested to participate in a truancy conference and referred to the Student Support Team.
  • Students with 7 unexcused absences will receive a Metropolitan Police Department/DCPS notification letter.
  • Parents of students with ten (10) total absences – excused or unexcused will be requested to participate in an Attendance Conference (SST) and will be referred to the Office of State Superintendent of Education.
  • Students ages 5-13 with ten (10) unexcused absences will be referred to the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) for suspected educational neglect. High school students with ten (10) unexcused absences will be referred to the school’s Attendance Committee/the Student Support Team for follow-up.
  • Students ages 14-17 with fifteen (15) unexcused absences will be referred to Court Social Services.
  • Students ages 5-13 with fifteen (15) unexcused absences will be referred to Office of Attorney General.
  • Course grades or year-end promotion may be affected by unexcused absences.