Attendance and Tardy Policies


Attendance Procedures

Regular attendance is an essential part of a student’s education. Students are expected to be in attendance every school day as required by state law and district policy. All absences have a negative effect, regardless of the cause of the absences or the attempts to make up work missed. Teachers cannot teach students who are not present, and instruction cannot be replicated with assignments to be completed outside of school. We urge you to stress the importance of regular, prompt attendance. Habits of a lifetime are formed in elementary school and can only benefit your child in future years of education and employment.

There are times when students may be away from school. Parents or guardians must contact the school office to provide notification of an absence or tardy before 8:15 a.m. Please call the 24 hour attendance line at 720-561-2602 to report absences.  Promptly contacting the office will prevent us from calling your home or work place inquiring of the nature of your child’s absence.

Parents will be notified of excessive absences by phone or letter. If absences continue, parents will be required to provide medical documentation to excuse student’s absences. Further absences will involve a conference with the Attendance Advocate for Boulder Valley Schools and an attendance contract. Students who receive
four unexcused absences in a month or ten in a school year will be contacted for a conference. An action plan will be developed to ensure more regular attendance.

Excused Absences as defined by BVSD:  
  • Temporary illness or injury
  • Extended absences due to physical, mental or emotional disabilities
  • Student is in the custody of the court or law enforcement authorities
  • Emergency, serious illness, or death in the family
  • Medical and dental appointments which cannot be scheduled outside the regular school day
  • Extremely inclement weather
  • Participation in a religious observance

Unexcused Absences:
  • Unexcused absences include all other absences

Daily Attendance

If your child is absent, please call the Foothill attendance line at 720-561-2602 by 8:15 a.m. Please always notify the office of an absence, not just the classroom teacher.

Checking In/Leaving School Early

If a student will be leaving during the day he/she must be signed in or out of the office by a parent or authorized adult. Whenever a student is picked up at school, the office staff will ask for current picture identification and will check emergency contact names if the adult is not known to office staff.

Tardy Policy

The tone of each day is set during the first few minutes of class and an important portion of the daily lesson is presented during this same precious time. Students should be in their seats and ready for instruction at the assigned time. If a student is late to school and it is before 8:20 a.m. she/he should report directly to class and will be marked tardy by the teacher. If a student arrives after 8:20 a.m. she/he should report to the office to get an tardy slip before reporting to class. We appreciate parent/guardian support in this matter as all students benefit from a timely start. Tardiness is considered a form of absence and parents will be notified as noted above.

Excused Tardies
Some examples of an excused tardy are:
  • Medical appointments
  • Temporary illness
  • Inclement weather

Unexcused Tardies
Some examples of an unexcused tardy are:
  • Oversleeping, alarm failing to go off, walking too slow
  • Missing the bus due to getting up late
  • Appointment for other family member