Attendance

2014-2015 Attendance & Tardy Policy

 

Attendance Administration
Contact Number:
ATTENDANCE HOTLINE
--REPORT ABSENCES HERE 24 HRS. A DAY

 
623-915-8901
623-915-8913
Lead Attendance Clerk --  Mrs. Meza
623-915-8912
Para asistencia en espanol -- Sra. Meza
623-915-8912

Assistant Principal of Discipline & Attendance
--Derek Streeter


623-915-8911
Regular attendance is not only an essential part of your child’s learning process, it is also key in their pursuit of a quality education.  Students should only miss school when absolutely necessary, as a lot of the classroom activity cannot be made up.  The benefits of teacher modeling, student participation, classroom discussion, and guided practice are lost forever to those who are absent.  Please remember that attendance is the responsibility of both students and parents/guardians.  Here is how to help your child be successful:

 

If Your Child is Absent
What number do I call if my child is absent? 
Please call our attendance hotline, 623-915-8901 or 8913
(623-915-8912 para espanol) 24 hours a day.
When do I call if my child is absent? 
A parent/guardian must call the day of absence.  If no call is received, Thunderbird calls home that evening using the auto dialer to your home number.  After 24 hours without parental contact, the absence will be considered truancy and discipline will be assigned.
What happens if there is no call to excuse the absence by 2 p.m.?
The absence becomes unexcused or marked as truancy.  If a student is truant for a class, a 3-hour detention is assigned on Wednesday or Saturday.
How many excused absences can a student have?
A student can accumulate twelve excused absences per semester.  Any additional absences after twelve will require a doctor’s excuse or note and is considered excessively absent.
If I have additional questions, what do I do?
  • Monitor your child’s attendance and timeliness online by contacting the counseling office and setting up your Parent Portal at 623-915-8915.
  • Verify the number our automated dialer uses to call home for school communication.
  • Please call the Attendance Office at 623-915-8901 before there is a problem.
  • Set up an appointment with the Assistant Principal by calling 623-915-8911.
If Your Child is Late or Tardy
What happens if my child is late for first period?         
School begins at 8:00 a.m.
  • If your child arrives late between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. they must report to the Attendance Office.  They will be marked tardy, then sent to class with a pass.  The only acceptable excuses for tardies are medical, legal, or dental, and documentation must be provided.  Parent phone calls will not excuse the tardy.
  • Under the SWEEP program, students out on campus without a pass after the tardy bell will be "swept" to the Attendance Office.  Tardies will be recorded, and consequences may apply.
  • If your child arrives after 8:30 a.m. they must report to the Attendance Office.  They will be marked absent as half of the class has now been missed, and will be sent to class with a pass. 
  • Consequences for tardies will be issued beginning at the 2nd tardy.  Any tardies beyond 8 will be off-campus suspension.
  • THS does not excuse late arrivals. In the case of a late school bus, students will be given a pass to class without penalty.
How does the tardy policy work for classes other than first hour?
  • Students have five minutes to get to class.  If they are late, they must report to the Attendance Office.  The tardy will be recorded and the student will receive a pass to class.  Students out on campus after the late bell will be "swept" to the Attendance Office.
  • Consequences for tardies will be issued beginning at the 2nd tardy.  Any tardies beyond 8 will be off-campus suspension.
  • If students report to the Attendance Office or are "swept" 30 minutes after the tardy bell and do not have a pass, they will be marked truant.  Truancy consequences then apply. 
If I have additional questions what can I do?
  • Monitor your child’s attendance, tardies, and grades online by setting up the Parent Portal by calling the Counseling Office at 623-915-8915.
  • Verify the number our automated dialer uses to call home for school communication
  • Please call the Attendance Office at 623-915-8901 before there is a problem.
Thunderbird High School believes that academic success requires attendance on a regular basis.  Regular attendance is an essential part of the learning process, and state law requires it.