Unexcused or Unauthorized Absences

Some absences that occur at the discretion of the student and/or parent may not be considered excused. The belief of the school is that students benefit most from uninterrupted contact with their teachers in the learning environment.  Therefore, absences that occur for the following reasons will be considered unexcused or unauthorized, respecting the parents’/guardians’ wishes to have their student out of school:
Examples of unauthorized absences may include, but are not limited to:
* Class cutting
*All day truancy
* Birthdays
* Failure to sign in or sign out
* Job interview
* Oversleeping
* Shopping trips
* Missed school bus
* Beauty appointments (Dances)
* Car trouble
* Baby-sitting
* Late call
* Excessive parent calls
* Runaways
* Extended lunch or breakfast
*Undocumented health-related absences
* Senior Ditch Day
* Pre-Approved Family Related Activity 
* Days exceeding the pre-approved limit
 
When an absence is unexcused, a student will be permitted to make up the work missed. Credit given for such work will be at the discretion of the teacher who will establish reasonable time limits for its completion. The student may request a review of these decisions by the Division Head.
 
Ditch Day
Rolling Meadows High School does not support a "senior ditch day." We ask parents to support us in taking a stance against "ditch day." When an excessive number of students are out of class, their absence negatively impacts the educational process in the building. Should a student make the decision to participate in "ditch day," the absence will be treated as unexcused. Medical documentation may be requested to excuse any absence on such day.

Attendance Detail Letter
A letter is sent home every two weeks to all parents/guardians in the event that your student should receive an unexcused absence during the week. It is important that parents or guardians read the entire section in the handbook under attendance and review the specific attendance codes listed in this book to aid in understanding the contents of the letter. When in doubt, the student should consult the classroom teacher who marked the student absent.