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The Importance of School Attendance

Students are expected to be on time to all classes. Students are to be inside the classroom when the tardy bell rings. Students arriving late to school should report to the attendance office, located in the main office. Students will be given five minutes during each passing period; do not loiter in the hallways.


  • Do not send your child to school if they are ill.
  • If your child takes medication, it needs to be in the correct bottle with the correct labels and written permission from a parent or guardian.
  • If your child is ill and misses a school day, please notify the school nurse or office with the reason they are not present. 
  • Regular checkups with your doctor are an important part of the growth and development of your child.

Tardy Policy

Tardiness to class is not acceptable.  Students arriving to a class after the tardy bell has rung will receive consequences aligned with the McLain High School Tardy Policy.  A student who is more than 30 minutes late to class will be counted absent from that class.

Classrooms will be locked when the tardy bell rings.  Teachers will issue a tardy if a student is late to class.  They will mark tardy in PowerSchool.

1st tardy = Verbal Warning
2nd tardy = Verbal Warning
3rd tardy = Parent/student Phone Conference
4th tardy = Detention
5th and additional tardies = Referral to the Deans’ office/Detention

*Random tardy lock-out sweeps will be conducted.  Students out of class without a pass will be issued detention.

Opportunities for Makeup Work

A student will be given the opportunity to make up work missed due to an absence. However, it is the responsibility of the student, immediately upon his or her return to class from an absence, to request and complete any assignments and/or assessments missed because of an absence.  Teachers are to have regular make-up policies in place and outlined in their syllabi.

When students have documented medical absences on file, they are to be given extended deadlines for completing assignments. All deadline dates must be fair and reasonable.

Teachers will provide a reasonable amount of time for students to make-up work.  A rough standard is one to two days of make-up time for every school day missed. Even so, the district generally allows the teacher to determine what is reasonable, given the particular circumstances of a student’s absence and the activities missed. Missed tests and quizzes may be made up outside of class time, usually before or after school or during lunch.

If a student is going to be absent for two or more days in a row, a parent or guardian may contact the counselor for assignments, who, in turn, will contact the teacher for specific work.

Contact Us

Claudia White
Attendance Clerk