The school district’s attendance policy is designed to encourage regular attendance and ensure communication between the school and parents/guardians. The Anchorage School District, along with the staff at Alpenglow Elementary School, consider regular student attendance one of the most important determinants of a student’s academic success. Students need to be at school on time and ready to learn every day. Please help us help your child establish this essential daily routine.
The school board updated policy 443 in June 2013 to define what constitutes an excused absence from school. Conditions include:
- Death or serious illness in the immediate family
- Participation in a school function
- Attendance at a religious service
- Extenuating circumstances approved by the principal
All other absences will be considered unexcused.
When a family knows in advance that the student will be absent due to extenuating circumstances, in order for the absence to be excused, the parent/guardian must complete a Pre-Approved Absence Request. The principal may deny the request if she/he believes it would harm the student’s academic progress. If the absence is denied and the family still takes the child out of school, the absence will be unexcused.
The automated “robocall” attendance phone message through School Messenger is the district’s official parent notification of an unexcused absence. Elementary households will receive phone calls, beginning at 11 a.m.
Parents are expected to call the school by 10 a.m. each morning that their student is absent from school to excuse him/her from that day’s attendance. Unless the parent/guardian can excuse the absence according to school board policy, the absence is unexcused. In order to keep accurate attendance records, absences must be excused within three days.
To report an absence, contact our office at 742-3300 Please leave the reason for the absence when calling; otherwise it will be marked unexcused.
Without your phone call, we worry your child may be missing and not in your care. Call us if you have questions at 742-3300.