Attendance and participation in class are an essential part of being successful for every student at Discovery Charter School.  Below is an outline of our attendance policy.

ATTENDANCE
Attendance and participation in class are essential if the student is to gain the maximum benefit of the educational program. Regular and punctual school attendance of students is expected, encouraged and will be enforced. School attendance is an area which requires mutual cooperation among the school, the parents and the student so that the whereabouts of each student will be known at all during the school day.  Before school and after school care is available at each site. School starts for all students at 8:00 am and school dismisses for all students at 2:45 pm Monday-Thursday and 11:30am on Friday. Supervised early morning and after school programs are offered for a fee at each site.

ABSENCES
If your child will be absent for any reason, please call the school office and leave a message. If we have not heard from you by 9:00 a.m, the office will begin calling to verify a child’s absence. This is for the safety of your child.

HILLPOINTE CAMPUS: 702-240-0359
MESA VISTA CAMPUS: 702-547-5682

An excused absence is allowed for student illness, doctor/dentist appointments (with a note from the doctor or dentist), and death in the immediate family or quarantine. When your child is absent for any reason, he/she is expected to make up the missed classroom assignments.

Students who expect to be absent from school for 3 days or more for any reason should meet with the classroom advisor to arrange for makeup assignments and an independent work contract.

If your child comes down with a contagious illness, please notify the office immediately. We are required to send exposure notices to each family in the contagious child’s class.

Unexcused Absences
When the school records indicate that a student has accumulated a total of five (5) unexcused absences, the school office will notify the student and the family and schedule an attendance conference. When a student accumulates ten (10) unexcused absences, parents, advisors and school administrators will meet in conference to plan and implement a formal attendance contract. Credit for school work, recorded grades, and school placement will be contingent upon successful completion of the signed attendance contract.

Tardies
It is very important that each student is on time to school and class each day. Promptness is not only a necessary courtesy to the teacher and other students but, more important, it assures the child of getting off to a good start each day. Students who arrive late not only lose valuable class time in the office waiting for a tardy pass but they miss out on the morning classroom activities. They also become an interruption to the classroom when they enter it late. Helping students to realize the importance of being on time is part of building good habits for life.

Tardiness is only excused if a student has a medical, dental, legal appointment (and brings a note from the appointment) or there has been a death in the family. All other tardies are considered unexcused.

When the school records indicate that a student has accumulated a total of five (5) unexcused tardies, the school office will notify the student and the family and schedule a conference. When a student accumulates ten (10) unexcused tardies, parents, advisors and school administrators will meet in conference to plan and implement a formal on time attendance contract. Credit for school work, recorded grades, and school placement will be contingent upon successful completion of the signed timely attendance contract.

When your student is absent, please send them with an absence note within 3 days of their return to school.  A note is below for your convenience: