Diana Van Aelstyn
Attendance Office (next to the Commons)
7:00 am – 3:00 pm, closed during 2nd lunch
Attendance at RHS
Students are expected to be in school and in class daily. A student is considered absent if they enter class after ten (10) minutes have elapsed. Punctual attendance is the first requirement for success – both here and in the "real" world. A large part of learning takes place during class discussions and participation. Many of our teachers use instructional methods that require student participation; if students are absent, they miss out on that learning.
The depth of coverage of material in our courses requires active student engagement and participation. The failure to attend class prevents active student engagement. Consequently attendance is a necessary component of our classes and will be considered as a basis for grading in all courses.
All absences to school are unexcused unless the parent/guardian contacts the school by phone, email, or note within three school days (72 hours).
- Participation in a school-approved activity (field trip), (auth in-bldg), (auth out-bldg)
- Request made by parent/guardian such as illness, health conditions, family emergencies, religious purposes, vacations or educational opportunities
- Disciplinary actions or suspensions
- Absences not authorized or excused from the above reasons
- Students arriving late to school or class for any reason not described as an excused absence will be counted as unexcused tardy.
- Arrival to class late, by more than 10 minutes will be considered an absence
Attendance Procedures for Students
Students, it is your responsibility to keep track of your attendance. You may look on The SOURCE or get a print-out from the Attendance Office for your attendance information. You must excuse absences with a Parent Note, Parent E-mail or Parent Phone Call, within 72 hours (3 days).
If you will be gone on a pre-planned event, make sure you fill out a Pre-planned Absence form and have teachers sign this. You need to do this at least three (3) days in advance.
Pink Return Slip - When you return to school, you need to pick up your Pink excuse slip(s) at the Attendance Office and show it to your teachers.
Early Dismissal Slip - If you need an Early Dismissal slip, please go to the Attendance Office before you leave the school. When you return, please check back in at the Attendance Office and show the early dismissal slip.
Note from Teacher - If you come from another classroom with a note, show the note to the teacher and then bring the note to the Attendance Office. This ensures that your absences will be excused. Teachers can only mark Absent or Late in the attendance system. They can not excuse the absent or late status, only the Attendance Office can do this.
If you are more than 10 minutes late to a class, you will be marked absent.