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Attendance Policy
Excused Absences
Parents/guardians are to contact the office if your child is going to be absent from school. On the day he/she returns to school, parents/guardians must send a handwritten note explaining the reason for your child’s absence or a note from your child’s physician. Notes submitted more than 48 hours after your child’s return to school will not be accepted and the absence(s) will be deemed unexcused. There is a maximum of 10 handwritten notes that will be accepted per school year. Referrals will be issued after reaching the school’s maximum allowance, and may result in the student’s report card reflecting insufficient attendance for receiving a grade.

Unexcused Absences
For every three unexcused absences, the student will receive a referral and may result in the students’ report card reflecting insufficient attendance for receiving a grade.

Arrival
Arrival time for students is thirty (30) minutes prior to the start of school. Students must be in their seats 5 minutes prior to the commencement of homeroom in the morning. Any student arriving after the commencement of homeroom will receive a tardy pass. Please be advised: Mater Academy St. Cloud is NOT responsible for students who arrive more than thirty (30) minutes prior to the start of school, except for those who are enrolled in and pay fees to the before care program. Traffic patterns for arrival (as described in the Parent Handbook) must be strictly followed. Non-adherence to approved traffic patterns will be documented.

Tardies
All tardies will be considered unexcused. We understand that emergencies may arise. In such cases, we will need a letter signed by the parent or guardian explaining the reason for being tardy. If your child arrives after the commencement of homeroom, please do not send them to class. Please send them to the front office to receive a tardy pass. After ten (10) unexcused tardies, the student will be issued a referral form which will be placed in the student’s permanent record. Please be advised: Receiving any three referrals in a school year may result in loss of re-enrollment privileges.

Dismissal
Please be familiar with your child’s dismissal time. Students will remain with a faculty member ten minutes after dismissal. Students who are not picked up within those ten minutes may be enrolled in the aftercare program and are subject to after-care fees of $8 per day. Please be aware that all charges must be resolved in full by the last day of school or loss of re-enrollment privileges may result. Traffic patterns for dismissal (as described in the Parent Handbook) must be strictly followed. Non-adherence to approved traffic patterns will be documented.

Early Dismissal
For a student to be dismissed early, parents must report to the front office. Students who wish to be dismissed early (on a regular school day) are required to provide proof of a medical/dental appointment within 48 hours of such appointment. Notes submitted more than 48 hours after an early dismissal will not be accepted, and the early dismissal will be deemed unexcused. After five (5) unexcused early dismissals, the student will be issued a referral form that will be placed in the student’s permanent record. Please be advised: Receiving any three referrals in a school year may result in loss of re-enrollment privileges. Students will not be dismissed 30 minutes prior to dismissal time. There are NO EXCEPTIONS!