INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES FOR
MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
High School Bell Schedule Grades 9-12:
Middle School Bell Schedule Grades 6, 7, & 8
Student Attendance/Course Credit
The district believes that classroom participation is related to and affects a student’s performance and grasp of the subject matter and, as such, is properly reflected in a student’s final grade. For purposes of this policy, classroom participation means that a student is in class and prepared to work.
Consequently, for each marking period a certain percentage of a student’s final grade will be based on classroom participation as well as the student’s performance on homework, tests, papers, projects, etc. as determined by the building administrator and/or classroom teacher.
Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes. Consistent with the importance of classroom participation, unexcused student absences, tardiness, and early departures will affect a student’s grade, including credit for classroom participation, for the marking period.
At the middle school/high school level:
1. Any student with more than 28 absences in a full- year, one-credit course may not receive credit for the course.
2. In a one-semester, one-credit course, any student with more than 14 absences may not receive credit for the course.
3. In a physical education course, students in grades 6-9 must not be absent from class more than fourteen (14) days unless he or she has been medically excused from participating, because the course is scheduled every other day throughout the year.
4. In a physical education course, students in grades 10-12 must not be absent from class more than seven (7) days in the Fall and seven (7) days in the Spring unless he or she has been medically excused from participating, because the course is scheduled every other day throughout the year.
5. In courses with labs, e.g. science classes, a student must not be absent from class more than twenty-one (21) times, including the course and the labs.
However, it is District policy that students with properly excused absences, tardiness and early departures for which the student has performed any assigned make-up work, assignments and/or tests shall not be counted as an absence for the purpose of determining the student’s eligibility for course credit. Absence from class of 20 minutes or more will be considered a full period of absence.
For summer school and courses meeting 1/2 year or 1/4 year, the same policy will apply and a calculation of the absences will be prorated accordingly.
Transfer students and students re-enrolling after having dropped out will be expected to attend a prorated minimum number of the scheduled class meetings during their time of enrollment.
Students will be considered in attendance if the student is:
1. Physically present in the classroom or working under the direction of the classroom teacher during the class scheduled meeting time; or
2. Working pursuant to an approved independent study program; or
3. Receiving approved alternative instruction.
Students who are absent from class due to their participation in a school sponsored activity are to arrange with their teachers to make up any work missed in a timely manner as determined by the student’s teacher. Attendance at school-sponsored events where instruction is substantially equivalent to the instruction which was missed shall be counted as the equivalent of regular attendance in class. Upon returning to school following a properly excused absence, tardiness or early departure, it shall be the responsibility of the student to consult with his/her teacher(s) regarding arrangements to make up missed work, assignments and/or tests in accordance with the time schedule specified by the teacher within five school days. Failure to complete the work will result in the student receiving a grade of zero for the assignments missed. Should there be circumstances beyond the student’s control, the teacher may grant an appropriate extension for the make-up work.
Notice of Minimum Attendance Standard/Intervention Strategies Prior to the Denial of Course Credit
In order to ensure that parents/persons in parental relation and students are informed of the District’s policy regarding minimum attendance and course credit, and the implementation of specific intervention strategies to be employed prior to the denial of course credit to the student for insufficient attendance, the following guidelines shall be followed:
1. Copies of the District’s Comprehensive Student Attendance Policy will be available to parents/persons in parental relation and provided to students at the beginning of each school year or at the time of enrollment in the District.
2. School newsletters and publications will include periodic reminders of the components of the District’s Comprehensive Student Attendance Policy. Copies of the Attendance Policy will also be included in parent/student handbooks.
3. At periodic intervals, the Principals will notify, by telephone, the parent/person in parental relation of the student’s absence, tardiness, or early departure and explain the relationship of the student’s attendance to his/her ability to receive course credit. If the parent/person in parental relation cannot be reached by telephone, a letter shall be sent detailing this information.
4. The Principals will review the District’s Attendance Policy with students who have excessive and/or unexcused absences, tardiness or early departures. Further, appropriate student support services/ personnel within the District, as well as the possible collaboration/referral to community support services and agencies, will be implemented prior to the denial of course credit for insufficient attendance by the student.
Pupils should plan, if possible, to arrange for appointments after school hours, Saturdays, or during vacation periods. If you find you must be excused to leave the building during regular school hours, you must have an Excused Absence Slip.
Students must present an excuse, written and signed by your parent/guardian, stating the reason for being excused, the time that you should be excused, as well as the time you will return, for approval prior to 8:00 a.m. Only legal reasons will be accepted. Every student must sign out with the Middle/ High School Secretary before leaving the building. When the student returns to school, the student must indicate the time of return in the sign- out book. The student will be issued a student pass to return to class.
Vacation and Family Trips
Family vacations, trips and outings that are taken during regularly scheduled school days are classified as illegal absences. The school has no responsibility to students who are absent illegally. Parents are urged to consider carefully the possible consequences of removing a student out of school for an extended period. Parents who feel that it is necessary to take a student out of school for vacation should personally come to school, one week in advance of their departure, to discuss the possible effects of the absence and to make appropriate arrangements for assignments and the methods in which they will be completed. Failure to make prior arrangements may result in loss of academic credit for work missed.
Grading System—Progress Reports to Parents
In addition to regular report cards, teachers may, at their discretion, contact parents to provide needed information relative to the student’s progress. Parents are invited to either call or log into the Parent Portal (https://ps.wacs.wnyric.org/public/) any time there is a question or concern regarding student progress. Individual teacher’s grading policies and the overall school grading policies will be discussed in class and will be made available to parents upon request.
School clubs and organizations can be formed by interested groups of students provided there is a faculty member who is willing to serve as an advisor. Information about clubs may be obtained from the Principal’s office. At the present time the following clubs make up our student activities program:
Band - Concert,
Jazz - Small Ensemble
Chorus -Westwinds/Firecrackers & Apemen
Future Farmers of America
High School Bowl
We the People
Key Club/Builders Club
National Honor Society
Office RecordsA registration card and class schedule for each student is kept by the school. If this information changes, please notify the Guidance and Counseling Department so that we may locate parents when necessary.For a printable copy, please click here: WACS Guidance - Attendance