Westside
Elementary School

Attendance

ABSENCES MUST BE REPORTED between 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. to the school office by calling (307) 764.6184.

Parent notification allows us to determine if an absence is excused as a prearranged or emergency absence. If a child is absent and the school has not been notified, office personnel will contact you. We care about our students and we are concerned when we don't know where they are. Academic success is directly related to the amount of time spent in the classroom. There are valuable lessons lost when a student is not in attendance. Class discussions, teacher demonstrations, social interactions, and other activities are examples of the valuable learning missed when a student is absent.

Regular school attendance is required by law and district policy. The District recognizes that emergencies, illness or other prearranged absences occur. As a result, ten (10) days per semester can be used for these purposes. If a student exceeds this ten-day limit in a given semester, he/she may be considered unexcused/truant, lose credit and/or be retained. Parents will be notified in writing should a pattern of absences approach the 10 day limit. Attendance meetings will be scheduled to identify and address barriers to attendance. Note: Habitual tardiness is dealt with at the building level.

If you know in advance that your child must be out of school for any reason, please notify the Westside office. The principal, the designated school attendance officer, will monitor students’ attendance and determine whether absences are excused as pre-arranged or emergency absences. Unexcused absences are considered truancies and two or more will be reported to the School Resource Officer and/or the county attorney.

Tardies

School begins at 8:15 a.m. A pattern of tardiness (10 minutes late) also impacts access to quality instruction. A pattern of tardiness will be accrued and equate to an unexcused absence. Five tardies to school equal one unexcused absence.