Student Handbook & Attendance

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WHEN A STUDENT IS ABSENT

REPORTING AN ABSENCE 

Report an absence at 425-379-6363 or email at attendance@am-hs.org. A student is considered absent by missing an entire class or by arriving more than 20 minutes late to class. A parent or guardian needs to call or email the school before 9:00 am to report an absence. If the parent/guardian does not notify the Student Services office, phone calls will be made by SchoolMessenger, an automated calling system.

TYPES OF ABSENCES

EXCUSED ABSENCE 

This is an absence excused by a note from the parent which must be submitted within 24 hours of a student’s return to school. If a note is not submitted within this time frame, the student may not be allowed to schedule the makeup of missed tests, quizzes or submit missed assignments resulting from the absence. However, even in the case of excused absences, students may not receive credit for missing class activities that require attendance such as performances, graded discussions, and labs. 

TYPE 1 EXCUSED ABSENCE (EA1) 

  • Teachers will help with makeup and tests. 
  •  Illness 
  • Medical, dental and counseling appointments that cannot be scheduled outside of school hours 
  • Absences related to death or serious illness in family 
  • School-sponsored activities 
  • Non school-sponsored sporting events (e.g., gymnastics, crew, lacrosse, etc.) 

 

TYPE 2 EXCUSED ABSENCE (EA2) 

Teachers are not required to assist with make-up work or tests. Accepting late assignments is discretionary and disciplinary consequences may be assigned. If a parent does not give a reason for the absence, it will automatically be assigned an EA2. 

  • Overslept 
  • Traffic problems 
  • Too tired 
  • Stayed home to study 
  • Elective surgery/medical procedure 
  • Went to the computer lab to finish a paper 
  • Family vacation 
  • College visits 
  • Absences due to suspension 

 

SCHOOL-SPONSORED ACTIVITIES 

 

There are two types of school-sponsored activities. 

SA – Required, school-initiated activities 

DOES NOT count toward official absence total (see CONSEQUENCES OF ABSENCES AND TARDY ARRIVALS below) 

Examples: 

  • Field trips (teacher initiated such as Spain, Performing Arts, etc.) 
  • Sports events where students’ names are on rosters 
  • Academic competitions (Math Team, Hi-Q, etc.) 
  • Class retreats 
  • AMHS admissions recruitment trips 
  • Student of the Month awards ceremonies (Rotary, etc.) 
  • School play 
  • Prep for assemblies 
  • Prep for mass/liturgy choir 

 

UNEXCUSED ABSENCE 

Avoidable absences without a parent’s written permission constitute truancy. They include, but are not limited to: 

  • Skipping a class or a full school day 
  • Skipping school activities which are scheduled during the school day 
  • Leaving campus at any time during the day without permission 
  • Missing assigned detention 

 

Teachers may not allow credit for any make up work or tests. Each unexcused absence will result in a detention, which must be performed in service of the 

school. Other consequences that may be assigned are doubling missed class time in detention, suspension, parent conference, and/or a behavior plan. In addition to contacting parents about T1’s, we will also use the online form to inform parents that a student has an unexcused absence. Parents will have 24 hours to excuse this absence with a note, phone call or e-mail. Unexcused absences that are not cleared within 24 hours may result in 60 minutes of detention for each period missed. 

Any absence type that is in question/disputed will be referred to the administration and any decision about the type of absence will be final. AMHS reserves the right to discipline students for absences and tardy arrivals including, but not limited to, reprimand, detention, suspension, or expulsion. Such action is in the discretion of the school.

ILLNESS DURING SCHOOL HOURS

If students are ill during school hours they are asked to come to the Student Services office. Students may call home as needed. Students cannot be sent home without parent or guardian permission. Students who do not check out properly will be subject to disciplinary action. AMHS does not have a nurse on staff or a health room.

TARDY POLICY

Students are expected to be on time, in their seats and ready for class to begin when the bell rings. A student is considered tardy when they arrive to class no more than 20 minutes late. A tardy during the first period of the day is labeled as a T1. 

T1 is only excused with a medical note. Each student is allowed 3 T1’s per quarter to accommodate unexpected traffic delays, carpool issues, etc. T1’s beyond that point will be subject to discipline at the discretion of the Vice Principals.

DRESS CODE

DRESS CODE 

It is the policy of AMHS to hold students to a dress code reflecting modesty and individual dignity. The intent of our dress code is to lend dignity to both the individual and the school in order to enhance the learning environment. A student in violation of the dress code as outlined below will be asked to change into appropriate attire and/or receive a detention. If a student is unable to change into clothing in congruence with the dress code, parents may be contacted and the student may be sent home to retrieve a change of clothing. Repeated violations of the dress code will result in progressive discipline at the discretion of the administration. If a student wears an outfit not covered in the guidelines below, the administration will have final say on its appropriateness. AMHS relies on, and expects, parental support in enforcing the dress code. We are grateful for all parental effort and contributions in this regard. 

GUIDELINES FOR GENERAL DRESS CODE 

Students must adhere to the general dress code as outlined below. The clothing on the list below is allowed, and any item not listed is not allowed. 

TOPS 

  • Having sleeves and a neckline that is at or above a straight line drawn between the top of the underarms
  • Long enough to fully cover midsection and back
  • Featuring school appropriate logos

 

PANTS, DRESSES, SKIRTS 

  • Free of fraying and holes
  • Loose fitting dresses and skirts of sufficient length (approximately 3” above the top of the kneecap)
  • Non-athletic shorts of sufficient length (approximately 5” above the top of the kneecap)
  • Jeans and slacks

 

HAIR, HATS 

  • Within the range of natural hair colors
  • Neat, clean, non-distracting, and may not fall in front of the eyes. Boys must have hair pulled back into a ponytail if it falls below the collar
  • Neatly trimmed facial hair not to exceed 1/2 inch in length
  • Hats/hoods are not to be worn inside the schoolhouse

 

PIERCING, TATTOOS, JEWELRY 

  • Earrings (gauged piercings and other visible piercings prohibited, including the tongue). 
  • Visible tattoos are prohibited. 
  • Other traditional jewelry (e.g. – bracelets, necklaces, etc.). 

 

FOOTWEAR 
Shoes are to be worn at all times. Open toed shoes and sandals are acceptable unless they pose a safety risk for an activity or class. 

 

SPIRIT DAYS 
The administration will determine certain days to be “Spirit Days.” These days are to increase school spirit, and to celebrate various aspects of the AMHS community. Students are encouraged to dress for the theme designated for that Spirit Day. On this day, students should wear clothing that aligns with the standard dress code, but may also wear the following that fit with the theme: 

Athletic shorts (must follow length requirements established above). 

Sweat pants. 

Yoga pants. 

Warm-up style pants. 

Face paint is acceptable, but not masks that cover the face. 

In all cases, the underlying guideline of modesty and good taste must be maintained. To participate, students must dress within the theme established, or will be considered to be in violation of dress code. 

LITURGY DRESS / PROFESSIONAL DRESS 
Liturgy is an opportunity for the AMHS family to gather in celebration of our best example of servant leadership. As such, there is an expectation that students will dress to the occasion. Students should arrive at school already dressed for the liturgy, and remain in Liturgy Dress for the entire day. The AMHS Liturgy Dress policy is as follows: 

BOYS
Dress slacks, tucked in dress shirt, and tie. A dress sweater may be worn on top. 

GIRLS 
Dress slacks or a loose fitting dress/skirt of sufficient length and blouse/top.

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