Attendance and Tardy Policy

Student Attendance

Attendance Guidelines

  • Accuracy in keeping attendance records is of the utmost importance.

  • Attendance records are a legal document and teachers may be subpoenaed to present their records.

  • Teachers are required to take roll each period of every school day. Attendance must be kept period by period by every teacher.

  • Any time a new student enters your class, you must select “Enter” in Progressbook Attendance.

Attendance Policy

The School Board of Orange County, Florida, encourages and requires students to attend school regularly, so that students may derive maximum benefit from the instructional program and may develop habits of punctuality, self-discipline and responsibility. Part of the requirements for achieving high school credits is attendance. Student attendance affects student achievement. Therefore, East River High School expects that students will attend all day, everyday.

Classroom Attendance

If a student is not in class, the student is absent and should be marked absent. Attendance will be taken each period, and submitted electronically within the first 10 minutes of each class period.

Excused Absence

For an absence to be excused, the student must provide a written note signed by the parent/guardian within 48 hours of the date of the absence.

Absences in a semester may be excused for students falling into one or more of the following categories:

  • Illness, injury or other insurmountable conditions.

  • Illness or death of a member of the student’s immediate family.

  • Recognized (or established) religious holidays and/or religious instruction.

  • Medical appointments.

  • Participation in an approved activity or class of instruction held at another school site.

  • Prearranged absences of educational value with the Principal’s prior approval.

  • Head lice infestation (up to four (4) days during the school year).

  • Mandatory court appearances.

  • PASS (formerly ISS) and Out-of-School Suspensions are excused.

If a student is repeatedly absent from school due to illness, the school may require the parent or

guardian to provide a written physician’s statement for subsequent absences.

Make-up Assignment due to Absence

Students are allowed the number of days absent, plus one (1) day to make up class assignments upon

returning to school. Makeup assignments and tests are the student’s responsibility to arrange with

the teacher. For the purposes of makeup work, both excused and unexcused absences will be treated

the same.

Unexcused Absences

  • Written notices will be sent to parents/guardians of students having five (5) unexcused absences.

  • Students under the age of eighteen (18) with more than nine (9) unexcused absences for the school year will be reported to the school Social Worker.

  • Students under the age of eighteen (18) with more than fifteen (15) absences for the school year will be reported to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) as a habitual truant.

  • Students between the ages of fourteen (14) and eighteen (18) with fifteen (15) unexcused absences (within one ninety (90) period) will be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The DMV can suspend the Drivers License of a student who falls into this category.

Other Attendance Issues

  • Appointments should be scheduled during non- school hours to avoid missing valuable instruction time.

  • Students are not allowed to sign out early on the days of special programs, i.e. assemblies, testing, etc.

  • Students will attend the special programs or will remain in a designated area until dismissal.

Parent Notification

Telephone calls will be made each evening to the home phone number of any student who has been

absent that day. Any changes to your contact information should be reported to the school registrar.



Pre-Arranged Absence Policy

If an absence is planned, and cannot be taken care of during student holidays a Pre-Arranged Absence may be requested with the Attendance office. Pre-Arranged Absence forms are available in the Attendance Office.

  • Each Pre-Arranged Absence form must include a reason for the absence (flight information, Doctor’s note, etc).

  • All forms and accompanying documentation must be submitted at least one week (5 days) in advance of the planned absence.

  • Teachers will supply work in advance on all approved Pre-Arranged Absences.

Students will have the amount of days absent plus one to make up all work and return it to the teacher. This same amount of time also applies to quiz and exam makeup. 


Permission to go to the Parking Lot

Students must have administrative permission to enter the parking lot during the school day.

Teachers may not send students to the parking lot.


Student Permit to Leave School

When students must leave school during the school day for an appointment: A parent or approved adult will sign the student out in the Attendance Office. Students that are 18 years old are legally allowed to sign out of school, but ERHS will still contact a parent unless a note is on file in the Attendance Office. 


Closed Campus

ERHS is a closed campus. Students may not leave campus during the school day without being officially checked-out of school. Once a student arrives on campus in the morning, he/she must remain on campus until dismissal or properly signed out in the Attendance Office. 

Note: Students leaving the campus without permission will receive the appropriate discipline consequence.



Tardy Policy

Being on time is a life skill and should be respected by the faculty and student body.

It is important that all students are in class and ready to begin before the tardy bell rings at 7:15 a.m. Students arriving to school between 7:20 and 10:30am must sign-in in the attendance. Teachers are responsible for inputting a student’s tardy each period. Late students should have a pass or a Plasco Pass.


Note: Students arriving after 10:30 are considered absent and will not be permitted on campus without a valid excuse (i.e. Doctor’s Appointment)



Once a student arrives on campus, it is considered skipping if they are absent from class for 5 or more minutes without a pass.

A student is not considered skipping (a class) when:

  • The student arrives to school late and arrives in class with a tardy slip marked from the attendance office.

  • The student attends 2nd Period class, but does not attend 1st Period because they had never arrived on campus. This would be considered an unexcused absence from 1st Period.

  • If a student returns 5 or more minutes late without a pass or Plasco, the teacher will accept the student into class and write a discipline referral for skipping.

  • Any student, who is known by you to be on campus and does not attend your class, should also be written up for skipping

After a referral is written by the teacher, appropriate discipline will be handled by administration. Both the teacher and student will receive a copy of the referral.