If your child is going to be absent from school, we ask that a family member call the school by 9:00 a.m. It is important to know early that all of our students are either safely in school or with their families. Acceptable reasons for excused absences include but are not limited to illness as documented by a doctor’s note, medical appointments, a death in the family, court appearances, and religious holidays. If a note is not presented for one of these acceptable reasons, the absence is considered unexcused. A student is not allowed to come to school to attend afterschool activities (extended day program, sporting practice or game, or social event) on a day s/he is absent.
Students entering school after 8:25 a.m. are considered tardy. Every 3 late arrivals are considered an unexcused absence. After 3 late arrivals in any month, a truancy officer will contact the parent/guardian to discuss strategies to remedy the tardiness. Parents will be notified of frequent tardiness. Excessive tardiness will result in more severe consequences (meeting/review with truancy officer, meeting with parent and administration, etc.)
For the well-being of your child(ren), we need to know how to contact you. It is very important that the school office has your current address, place of work, and home, work, cell, and emergency phone numbers. If any of this information changes, you must inform the school right away.
We believe that good communication with families is important at Highlander. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to communicate with staff or faculty through writing (note, letter, email), or telephone call if questions or concerns arise. The first point of contact regarding your child is always his/her teacher or advisor. Allow 24 hours for a response.