Attendance Policy

Students must attend school every day that school is in session and must be on time.  The teachers try to develop each child’s abilities as much as possible, and absence from school reduces learning opportunities.  Even if the work is later made up, the child has lost the benefit of the regular, firsthand classroom instruction.

The office should be notified before school if a child is ill and will not be in school for the students’ safety.  Unexcused absences (3) (no phone call/email by 12:00 noon on the day of the absent) could result in a parent meeting with the teacher and principal. Students could be excluded from after school activities for that day as well.  Parents will be notified beforehand. The student(s) will not be allowed to return to school until after the meeting.

Students will be expected to make up the work missed while absent.  Parents should make arrangements for homework if their child will miss an extended amount of time.  Parents should immediately notify the school if their child has a communicable disease (such as head lice, strep throat, chicken pox, etc.).

We urge parents to make doctor and dentist appointments for non school times; however, we will excuse a child from school who has a written permission note or whose parent has called the teacher.

Parents should notify the teacher as soon as possible if they plan to take their child out of school for a vacation or other activity.  This knowledge will allow the teacher to develop a homework plan with the student and parents in advance.

All children are required to participate in any entire-school-body programs (such as the Science and Fine Arts Fair).


  • Sickness – too sick to be in school
  • Medical Appointments
  • Religious Holidays
  • Extreme Family Emergencies (house fire, death, etc.)


  • Overslept
  • Missed school bus
  • Suspended from school bus
  • Staying home to babysit
  • Weather too hot/cold
  • Family vacation

Notify The Journey School of an Absence

    The school attendance officer reserves the right to request the original doctor's note or may contact the doctor's office if more information is needed.