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Attendance

Please call the school office at 202-248-6825 or email attendance@inspiredteachingschool.org by 8:30 am to report each day that a student will be absent. This report must be made every day that a student is absent from school.

Attendance is critical to every student’s success at the Inspired Teaching School. We expect all students to be at school every day, arrive on time and leave on time. When a student is absent for any reason, please check with the teacher regarding missed work. Experience has shown that catching up after an absence can be difficult and stressful for a child, and for this reason we discourage absences for reasons other than illness or emergency.

If a student must be absent, families MUST notify the school and provide a reason for the absence.

Please call the school office at 202-248-6825 or email attendance@inspiredteachingschool.org by 8:30 am to report each day that a student will be absent. This report must be made on every day that a student is absent from school.

Upon your student’s return to school, the school must have on file a written explanation of the absence. If you did not send an email on the day(s) of the absence, a written note or email with your child’s name, date of absence and reason for absence must be turned into the school. If a student is absent for more than five (5) consecutive days he/she must return to school with a note from a doctor or other acceptable documentation explaining the absence.

Any absence for which no excuse is provided within 5 days of the student’s return to school will be considered an unexcused absence. Unexcused absences will not be changed to excused unless documentation of the reason for the absence is consistent with the laws of the District of Columbia (see below).

Excused Absences

Absences will be excused only for the following reasons as dictated by the laws of the District of Columbia:

  • Illness of the student;
  • Medical or dental appointment for the student;
  • Exclusion due to contagious disease, infection or other condition requiring separation from other students for medical or health reasons;
  • Other immediate family emergency which requires the presence of the student outside of the school;
  • Death in the student’s immediate family;
  • Religious Observance;
  • Necessity for the student to attend judiciary or administrative proceedings as a party to the action or under subpoena;
  • Lawful suspension or exclusion from school by school authorities.

If a student is ill, he or she will not be permitted to attend school. Please do not send your child to school in the morning if the student:

  • Expressed that they feel ill
  • Has a fever of 100 degrees or higher
  • Is vomiting or has diarrhea
  • Shows symptoms of a severe head cold, persistent cough, or sore throat
  • Has a suspicious skin rash or is contagious (i.e. pink eye, head lice)

Parents will be called to pick up students who show signs of illness. Students are expected to be picked up within one hour of parent contact. At the discretion of the school Principal, students who are not picked up in a timely fashion may be transported to a local medical facility to receive appropriate care. Students must be symptom free for 24 hours prior to returning to school.

Please contact the school if your child has a contagious disease (i.e. chickenpox, pink-eye, head lice) so that the school can respond appropriately.

Truancy

Students who have a pattern of lateness or are regularly absent from school will receive support and intervention from the school. This may include letters to the family reminding them of school arrival times and the reasons for missing school that would be considered “excused” and family conferences. If attendance does not improve, families will be asked to meet with school administrators to review DC law and school policies, and develop a truancy action plan.

In accordance with DC law, if a student accumulates ten (10) unexcused absences from school, they must be referred to Washington, D.C.’s Child and Family Services Agency as a chronically absent student. At the same time, the school must report the student to be truant to the Office of the State Superintendent for Education for follow up. Excessive absences and tardies impact retention and re-enrollment decisions.

In order to ensure that the Inspired Teaching School is aware of the whereabouts of its students, and to ensure that the school is in compliance with local laws, policies and procedures of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education and the Public Charter School Board the following steps will be taken in response to unexcused absences:

UNEXCUSED ABSENCE The Inspired Teaching School Response:
Each unexcused absence Parent/guardian will be contacted
At 4 unexcused A letter and Attendance Verification form will be sent home to be signed and a copy will be placed in the student’s record.
At 5 unexcused The student will be placed on the “Promotion in Doubt” list for truancy and the school social worker will meet with the family to develop an attendance intervention plan.
At 8 unexcused Parent/guardian will be contacted by the Principal, and documentation will be placed in the student’s school records.
At 10 unexcused Students in grades K-8 will be referred to the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) in accordance with D.C. Law
At 15 unexcused Students 14+ must be referred to DC Court Social Services & Office of the Attorney General, Juvenile Division per D.C. Law.

Tardiness

Prompt and regular attendance at school is essential to ensure a positive and productive learning experience for all students. Teachers take attendance in their classrooms promptly and students who arrive late must present the teacher with a late slip from the front desk so that school records accurately indicate late arrival to school. Families who accumulate twenty (20) tardies will be referred to the school social worker for attendance support. A pattern of persistent tardiness may also warrant referral to the Child and Family Services Agency of the District of Columbia.

Please Note: D.C. Law requires students to attend at least 80% of the school day to be considered present. Students missing more than 20% of the school day will be considered Absent. See chart below for times.

Grades Arrive after Dismissed before
PK3 – 4th 10:00AM

2:00PM

5th – 8th 9:45AM 2:15PM

Early Departure

Students are expected to remain in class until the end of the day. Students who are picked up early miss important information and disrupt class because the teacher has to accommodate their early departure. Students will not be allowed to leave the school grounds before dismissal without the physical presence of a parent/guardian to sign them out of school in the main office. We ask families to inform the school by email, attendance@inspiredteachingschool.org, of any planned early dismissals by 11:00 AM. This allows school staff to have students ready when families arrive. Families arriving early to pick students up must complete an early leave slip from the front desk. All early pick-ups must occur before 2:45. Families who accumulate ten (10) early dismissals will be referred to the social worker for additional support and may be referred to the Child and Family Services Agency of the District of Columbia.

200 Douglas St., NE | Washington, DC 20002 | p: 202-248-6825 | f: 202-248-6939 | info@inspiredteachingschool.org

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