Notes from the Principal

Dear Parents-

This is 
one of the
 long
er
 email
s I will ever send
 but if there is any email of mine that you read in it's entirety, please make sure it is this one.  The district has a new attendance policy and it has some important changes for high school students.  The new policy is attached
,
 but below are some important highlights:
  • The only reasons a student will receive an excused absence are:  
 
         
Illness or injury to student, 

       
Doctor or dental appointment, 

       
Bereavement, 
       Court Appearances,

       
Serious illness or emergency in immediate family, 

       
State Senator or Representative Page, 

       R
ecognized religious holidays and associated travel
       College visits (2 for Juniors and 4 for seniors)

  • Absence for vacations, outside 
    of 
    DC events,
     
    DMV, late even if parent checks in, 
    appointments
     other than
     medical, 
    etc. will be coded as unexcused absences
     (UA)
    .  Reminder- unexcused absences means the student has to take their final in any class they have a UA in.
  • Parents have 
    5 
    school days
     from your child's return to call our attendance line to report the reason for the absence.  If you have not called after 5 school days after your child's return, the absence will be an unexcused absence and that coding will not be changed for any reason.
  • Absences for doctor appointments will only be changed to "Medical" coding once a doctor's note has been brought in to the office.  This will be important for students who may miss more than 10 days in one semester
    , which can not be predicted so please make it a habit to always turn one in
    .
      
    Medical notes must be turned in within 5 days of your child's return to school.
  • Every student receives 10 excused school absences (ESA's) for the year, not semester.  These absences are for school excused activities such as athletics, competitions, StuCo, attending state play offs as a spectator, etc.  This is also the code used for field trips when students miss a class other than the one the field trip is for.
      Students and parents are responsible for keeping up with how many ESA's a student has available.
     
  • Once a student has used up their 10 ESA's for the year, the other school excused absences will be coded as Excused Absence (EA) and they will count towards their allowed 3 absences for final exemption.
  • When a student gets 3 tardies or checks out early from class 3 times, that will equal an unexcused absence, again leading to loss of finals exemption for that
     class
    .
  • The finals exemption policy was changed this month to allow 3 excused absences if a students has an A, B, or C in their class. 


For 9th & 10th grade absences please call 715-9831 or email kristischafer@dcsok.org.

For 11th & 12th grade absences please call 348-6462 or email angeladuncan@dcsok.org.

Melissa Jordan

Principal

Deer Creek High School


melissajordan@dcsok.org

6101 N.W. 206th

Edmond, OK 73012

(405) 348-5720 ext. 2213

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