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Attendance & Tardiness


Regular and punctual patterns of attendance are required of each student enrolled in the district. Students are tardy if they are not in homeroom at 7:37 a.m. School is dismissed at 2:30 p.m.

If you child is going to be absent or tardy please call 448-3056.


It is recognized that absence from school may be necessary under certain conditions. However, every effort should be made by students, parents, teachers, and administrators to keep absences and tardiness to a minimum.

Student attendance at school is basically the responsibility of the parents and students. Parents are expected to call the school by 8:00 a.m. if your student will be absent. If you call when the office is closed, please leave a message on the answering machine. In the absence of a call from the parents, the school will attempt to contact the parent(s) of each absent child each day. If a student will be out  and homework needs to be collected, please notify the school by 8:00 a.m. The homework will be available outside the front office at the end of the day.

An adequate and comprehensive system of attendance records is maintained for each student. Each teacher is responsible for accurate reporting of daily attendance in his/her classroom. The Principal is responsible for submitting attendance information to the Superintendent’s Office. The School Board recognizes two kinds of absences: excused absence and truancy.

Excused absence is because of illness, absence for participation in school activities, or necessary absence with the approval of parents. Excused absences must be so indicated by a signed note or phone contact from a parent indicating the reason for the absence.

Any absence other than excused is considered truancy. Truancy will result in in-school suspension.  A student who skips or leaves a class without permission after reporting to school is truant. Any student who is absent from school without permission of his/her parents or school authorities is truant.  Absences, even with the approval of the parents, which are excessive and/or which interfere with the student’s educational program will be interpreted as truancy and follow-up legal procedures may be instituted.

Any student being dismissed during the school day must be dismissed through the school office when he/she leaves and must report to the office when he/she returns. The student must sign out in the office log- book when leaving and sign in if/when returning. Students will be dismissed only when legally authorized by the parent or legal guardian.

Any student who is absent more than 3 hours of a school day may not attend after-school or evening school activities, unless there are extenuating circumstances which the Principal knows about in advance and approves.

A student who is absent for 3 or more consecutive days due to illness may be expected to provide a doctor’s note explaining the absence upon reentry to school.

It is the parents’ responsibility to provide a written request for the student’s work a week in advance when a student is absent for an extended period of time (3 or more days) for non-health related issues (an extended vacation).  Parents are advised to plan family vacations to coincide with school vacations and holidays. It is not possible to make up classroom learning activities when a child is absent for an extended period of time. Parents should work with the teacher to help the child make up what can be done. It is the student’s responsibility to submit the completed assignments upon his/her return to school.


State law mandates being in school on time. However, students may be late occasionally when an unusual situation occurs. At school, continued lateness has an adverse effect on a student’s progress and interrupts the learning process for the rest of the students. To help cut down on habitual lateness the following policy is in effect at Lebanon Middle School:

    1.    Students are considered late if not in homeroom at 7:37 a.m. Students who arrive after 7:37 a.m. should report to the office.

    2.    Students may have an excused lateness four times per trimester. Parents must write a note     excusing the lateness. Students must bring this note to the office when they arrive at  school. After these four excused tardies, a student will meet with the Assistant Principal and future tardies will result in loss of break time or recess, then after-school detention. 

           Please note that this policy includes situations like malfunctioning alarm clocks or oversleeping, missing the bus, and parents who kindly take the blame for the lateness. We feel that four tardies per Trimester should give people enough leeway for unavoidable lateness. Chronic lateness could result in court action under truancy laws. If you have any questions regarding the policy, please contact the Assistant Principal.

    3.    After five unexcused tardies, students will report to an assigned room during “Break” or recess.

    4.    After seven unexcused tardies, students will serve one after-school office detention for each additional tardy.