Student Handbook & Attendance

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WHEN A STUDENT IS ABSENT

The following general procedure should be followed when a student is absent:

  1. The parent is to call (425-379-6363) or attendance@am-hs.org between 7:05am and 8:20am. If a parent does not call, phone calls will be made to the home telephone number first and then the parent's work number if a student is absent.
  2. Upon returning to school, prior to first period, the student is to present to the Student Services staff a signed and dated note from the parent stating the dates and reason for the absence. (Please be aware that a note must be submitted excusing the absence 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 make up of missed tests, quizzes or submit missed assignments resulting from the absence.)
  3. The note should be used by the Student Services staff to determine the type of absence.

APPOINTMENTS DURING SCHOOL HOURS

All appointments should be made outside of school hours whenever possible. If an appointment must be kept during the school day, the following procedure should be followed:

  1. Before school, the student is to present a note to the Student Services staff from the parent requesting dismissal from school for the stated reason and the appointment time.
  2. The student is to sign out at Student Services when leaving for the appointment. He/She is to sign back in, if he/she returns for classes later in the day.
  3. Students should be especially careful that appointments do not occur during the same class period over the course of the year.
  4. Students failing to sign out prior to leaving campus will be considered truant. The absence will be listed as "unexcused" and the appropriate disciplinary consequences will apply.

ILLNESS DURING SCHOOL HOURS

Students who become ill during the school day should report to Student Services. If a student is too ill to remain in class, he/she must go to Student Services to call parents for permission to leave campus. If the student must go home, the parent will inform the Student Services staff and they will release the student. Students who do not check out properly will be subject to disciplinary action.

AMHS TARDY POLICY in a NUTSHELL

  • Tardies may only be excused if a doctor’s note is presented.
  • Each student will be allowed 3 unexcused first period tardies without consequence.
  • Unexcused first period tardy 4, 5, and 6 will result in 30 minutes of detention.
  • Unexcused first period tardy 7, 8, and 9 will result in 60 minutes of detention
  • Unexcused first period tardy 10 will result in weekend detention and a conference with parents/guardians regarding the behavior.
  • Tardy count is on a per quarter basis.

DRESS CODE

It is the policy of AMHS to hold students to a dress code reflecting modesty and individual dignity. A student in violation of the dress code will be asked to change clothes and receive detention. Subsequent offenses will result in progressive discipline. The Vice Principal of Student Life and all AMHS faculty/staff reserve the right to determine if clothing or personal grooming practices are impacting the learning and co-curricular environments and to apply disciplinary action for students in violation. Students should adhere to the following guidelines:

Clothing and personal grooming must be neat, clean, and modest. Modesty includes, but is not limited to, the following:

TOPS

  • Sleeved with a modest neckline.
  • Long enough to fully cover midsection.
  • Featuring school appropriate logos.

SKIRTS, DRESSES, PANTS

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

HAIR

  • Within the range of natural hair colors.
  • Neat and clean leaving eyes exposed, cut above the collar for boys.
  • Facial hair neatly groomed, one-half (½) inch or shorter. Only beards, mustaches, or goatees. Sideburns only to the bottom of earlobe.

PIERCINGS, TATTOOS, JEWELRY

  • Traditional jewelry and ear piercing (such as tongue or nose piercings).
  • Visible tattoos prohibited.

RELAXED DRESS DAYS / SPIRIT DAYS

Fridays at AMHS are relaxed dress days. On these days, students may wear athletic shorts, sweat pants, yoga pants, and warm-up style pants. All other standard dress code rules apply.

LITURGY DRESS

When AMHS celebrates mass, students dress for the occasion:

  • 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 and blouse/top.
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