Attendance Policies

Absences

Lincoln Lutheran places an emphasis on regular and consistent attendance. Research has shown that regular attendance at school promotes educational success and encourages habits which are conducive to post-secondary and career success.

Parents (or legal guardians) are asked to notify the school by phone or by email (frontdesk@lincolnlutheran.org) between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. each day their student is absent. If notification by phone or email is impossible, a note explaining the student’s absence must be sent upon the student’s return to school. The call or note should include the following information: the student’s name, the date(s) of the absence, the reason for the absence, and the identity of the parent notifying the school. In the case of a note, a daytime phone number for the parent should also be included so the office can verify the note, if needed.

At parent request, homework assignments will be made available at the end of the school day (3:15) for students who are absent for two or more consecutive days. Students and parents are encourage to check class Moodle or eBackpack sites for class schedules and assignments when absent from school.

Excused Absences

Excused absences will be issued for reasons such as personal illness, family and other types of emergencies, medical appointments, death in the family, and prearranged absences. Students are eligible to receive credit for work missed due to an excused absence. Excused absences do count towards a student’s overall absence total. The Lincoln Lutheran Administration reserves the right to make the final determination whether an absence is excused or unexcused.

Prearranged Absences

Prearranged absences are excused absences that are scheduled prior to the day the student is not at school. Examples of prearranged absences include, but are not limited to: medical appointments, vacations, being absent for school activities, and mission trips. 

Procedures to be followed for prearranged absences include: 

  1. Notification from parents as early as possible prior to the absence. 
  2. The student will receive a Prearranged Absence From (blue sheet) from the office to take to teachers whose class the student will be missing.
  3. Teachers will sign the blue sheet and inform students of  the  work they will miss during the periods they will be absent.

Class activities and assignments should be made up before the absence, or other arrangements to make up missed work should be made with the teacher prior to the absence. Failure to do so on the part of the student will result in a loss of credit for the missed class activities, assignments, and assessments.

Absences from school for school-related activities are considered prearranged absences. Activity sponsors or coaches will have responsibility for notifying the school office of students who will be absent and giving students a Prearranged Absence Form (blue sheet). Students are still responsible for making up any missed work prior to the absence, or making arrangements with the teacher prior to the absence to make up missed work.

Prearranged absences are counted in the “twelve general absences policy” (see Course Credit) with the exception of absences for school-related activities, which do not count toward the twelve general absences. The Lincoln Lutheran Administration reserves the right to make the final determination whether a prearranged absence is excused or unexcused.

Completion of Work Missed Due to Excused Absence

It is solely the responsibility of the student to make up any work missed during an excused absence. The student should schedule a time with his/her teacher to complete any work missed because of an excused absence, usually the day immediately following the absence or, in the case of prearranged absences, according to the arrangements specified on the blue sheet. The best time for a student to discuss arrangements for making up work with a teacher is before or after school, not during class. Students are encouraged to use class schedules and work checklists on his/her teacher’s Moodle or eBackpack site to check on class activities during days missed.

Unexcused Absences

Absences for reasons such as, but not limited to, oversleeping, missing a ride, conducting business that could be taken care of outside of school hours, staying home to study, working at a job, sleeping in because of a late school activity, and failure to provide a note/phone call are considered unexcused absences. 

Lincoln Lutheran recognizes parents can request and/or give permission for their students to miss school for a variety of special reasons. Because absences affect both the individual student’s education and the classroom environment, the Lincoln Lutheran Administration reserves the right to make the final decision when classifying an absence as excused or unexcused.

A student may not receive credit for work missed due to an unexcused absence and may forfeit the opportunity to make up formative or summative assessments. Students may also face consequences according to the behavior guidelines for unexcused absences. Repeated unexcused absences can lead to suspension, and if continued, to expulsion.

Students arriving to any class more than 15 minutes late will be considered as being absent-unexcused. School time missed due to unexcused absences will be made up outside of regular school hours.

Suspension

Absences due to in-school and out-of-school suspension may be considered excused or unexcused, depending on the nature of the specific case. The Lincoln Lutheran Administration reserves the right to determine whether an absence due to suspension is excused or unexcused.

Attendance Requirement for Participation in Practices or Activities

Students who are unable to arrive at school by 3rd Block (A Day) or 7th Block (B Day) due to illness may not participate or practice in a school activity that day. Students who leave school because of illness may not participate or practice in a school activity that day.

Closed Campus

The Lincoln Lutheran campus is closed (students may not leave without permission) throughout the school day. Anyone who desires to eat lunch off-campus for special occasions must provide parent notification to lunch.

Course Credit

Regular attendance is expected of all LL students. Any student who misses more than 12 periods of a class in one semester may forfeit credit in that class. Absences because of school-related activities do not count toward the 12 period absence total. All other absences, excused or unexcused, will count toward the 12 period absence total. A conference will be held with the student and parent(s) when a student approaches the 12 period absence total. A student who experiences a loss of class credit due to excessive absences may petition the Lincoln Lutheran Administration to have credit restored.

Tardies

The tardy policy at Lincoln Lutheran is designed to promote better student achievement by encouraging students to be on time to class and reducing the amount of instructional time lost to interruptions caused by students who arrive late to class. This policy reinforces the propositions that regular attendance and punctuality to class are important factors that will improve student achievement. We believe that being on time to class is an act of courtesy toward your teachers and fellow students.

A student is considered tardy to class if he/she is not in the classroom with required materials, ready to begin working when the class starts. Tardies may be excused or unexcused. Unexcused tardies are a disciplinary matter and will incur the following disciplinary consequences. Unexcused tardies will be accumulated on a semester basis. 

  1. Parental notification after the 4th cumulative tardy or the 2nd tardy in any one class.
  2. Detention for the 5th to the 7th cumulative tardy or the 3rd tardy in any one class.
  3. Double detention for the 8th or 9th cumulative tardy or the 4th tardy to any one class.
  4. Saturday detention for the 10th cumulative tardy or the 5th tardy to any one class and any succeeding tardy.

The Lincoln Lutheran Administration reserves the right to decide whether a first hour tardy is excused or unexcused. Students tardy to first hour must sign in at the office before going to class. A student more than 15 minutes late to class is considered absent (unexcused) for that period. (See Unexcused Absence)

Passing Periods

Students are given five minutes for passing periods after each academic period. Students will collect all materials needed for their next class during the passing period. Backpacks will be stored in cubbies (6th grade) or lockers (7th and 8th grade) for the day and will not be allowed in classrooms. Backpacks have led to student disorganization, damaged books, safety hazards, and may cause students to suffer from repetitive strain injuries. Teachers will work with students in organization of required class binders during the first week of school. After the first week of school, if students must return to lockers to store backpacks or get class materials they will be marked tardy.