Daily school attendance is not just a matter of law. Regular attendance in school is a critical factor in a student’s progress and academic success. Much of our curricular approach is directed by hands-on activities. This type of instruction requires your child’s attendance in school as much as possible. Teaching our children the importance of self-discipline, responsibility, perseverance and a strong work ethic is essential to their success in life. It is the responsibility of each parent/guardian to ensure their student gets to school every day unless the child is truly ill or possibly contagious. Challenge Charter School supports parent/guardians and students in their efforts to develop habits that result in good attendance in several ways: by making recognition of outstanding attendance part of our award program, by providing limited bus service, and by creating exciting classroom activities.
If it is necessary for your student(s) to miss school, it is
your responsibility to notify the school. Please call the
school’s ATTENDANCE LINE AT 602-938-5411 as soon as you know
that your child will be absent. If you reach the office
voicemail system, please choose the attendance extension or
general voicemail box and leave a message with your student’s
name, the reason for the absence, and how many days your
student(s) will be out. This voicemail system operates 24 hours.
Whenever possible, please notify the office prior to the start
of the school day that your student(s) will be absent! Also, the
school office must legally account for EACH day a student
misses. Therefore, you must notify EACH day that your student(s)
is out of school, not just the first day. (Unless you have
provided written notice excusing your student for a block of
time or provided the office the proper documentation [forms
available at front desk] regarding chronic illness, surgery
etc.) Even if you have notified your teacher, you must directly
notify the office. An absence is unexcused if a parent/guardian
has not called to excuse it before the end of THAT school day.
Legally, an absence cannot be excused after that day. If there
are circumstances creating a unique attendance issue or an
extended amount of absences, please provide the front office
with documentation for the student file prior to the extended
absence. Please schedule vacations for school breaks WHENEVER
In order for a student to qualify for attending a full day of school, that student must attend greater than 75% of scheduled instruction time. In order to qualify for a half day of attendance, the student must attend greater than 50% of scheduled instruction time. Activities such as snack, lunch, and recess are excluded from calculations of scheduled instructional time. Partial absences and unexcused tardies cumulate and are reported as full day absences. Students do not qualify for the CCS perfect attendance award if they have any full day absences. However, students may have one ½ day absence per trimester and still qualify for the perfect attendance award.
A student is subject to a suspension or expulsion hearing with
the School Advisory Council after 5 unexcused or 18 total
absences per year (unless chronic illness paperwork has been
completed by a doctor and is on file for the student.) We will
refer students to Juvenile Court. Excessive absences (more than
10% of the days enrolled) are one of the factors that are taken
into consideration in making the decision to promote or retain a
student at the end of the year.
By state statute, a student who is absent for 10 consecutive days must be withdrawn from school (with the exception of long-term, serious illness). If a student is withdrawn due to non-attendance it will be necessary for the parent/guardian to go through the formal process of re-enrolling the child, if there is space available, when they wish to return to school.
The school calendar is established by the Board of Directors each year and meets or exceeds the state requirements for number of school days. With our extended day, and calendar, we significantly exceed the required number of hours and days of instruction each year. The academic day for our students is from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Students may arrive on campus NO EARLIER than 8:00 am and must be picked up by 3:45 pm, unless they are participating in before/after school programs. After school programs are offered on a first come basis as availability allows and if all necessary enrollment paperwork for the after care program has been completed by the guardian and is on file. Please check with the office for the current schedule and enrollment requirements.
It is the student’s
responsibility to make up any and all work missed during an
absence. The normal grace period is two days for each day
missed. Because of Challenge Charter School’s emphasis on a
student’s active participation in their classroom learning
rather than just textbook or worksheet activities, in most
cases: it is not possible to provide work in advance for
students who will miss school for trips or other activities.
For the same reason, it may not be possible for a student to
make up some parts of classes missed even for reasons of
legitimate illness. If such an activity is part of a
student’s grade, an alternate assignment will be provided or the
missed grade will simply not be included in the child’s
trimester average if the absence is due to documented illness.
If you request make-up work for an illness and it can be
accommodated, expect AT LEAST one-day turn-around, if not more.
Due to the hands-on nature of our classrooms, your teacher will
have to convert and prepare this work for your student during
her preparation times, often in the mornings or afternoons
outside of normal school hours, and cannot make it available on
the same day of the absence or request.
Different rules apply to late or incomplete work for students who did not miss class. Work turned in after the due date or turned in incomplete will be docked points or in some cases, may not be accepted at all.
A student is considered tardy when the student is not in his or her assigned area promptly at 8:30 am. A warning bell rings at 8:25 am and the final bell rings at 8:30 am. Please note that times set on different clocks may vary. The bells ring according to the time the school clock is set (aligned regularly with the National Atomic Clock). Please adjust your student’s school schedule according to the school clock. Students who arrive late must report to the office unless there is a Teacher’s Assistant signing in tardy students at the East or West gate (shortly after the bell). The tardy is excused if it meets State Law and is accompanied by a doctor/dentist note. As a courtesy, Challenge allows parents to excuse up to 6 tardies per trimester without formal documentation by signing their student in at the front office, calling, or writing a note. If you know in advance that your child will be late to school, it is helpful to notify the office so they can include them in the hot lunch count if necessary. Four unexcused tardies is considered an unexcused absence. These absences will impact a student’s attendance record preventing them from receiving a perfect attendance certificate. Please help your children develop responsibility and organizational skills by emphasizing being on time. Late arrivals are very distracting in the classroom during morning activities. Parents are not allowed to escort tardy students to class.
Children who need to leave before the end of the school day,
must be checked out at the school office. Once the
parent/guardian or their designee has signed their child out the
student will be called up to the front office. A student will
only be called from class after they have been signed out in
person and your ID has been verified; please do not call ahead
and ask for the student to be sent up. This helps protect the
student’s safety and also minimizes the class time that they
will have to miss. You will want to allow a few extra minutes
for picking your student up if you are trying to make an
appointment, etc. Only people included on the student(s)
emergency card will be allowed to pick up your student(s) from
the school office. Please remind family/friends when they come
to pick up your student(s) to bring identification.
Except for emergencies, PLEASE try to avoid picking your student(s) up between 3:00 and 3:15 pm. It is VERY difficult to pull student(s) from class during this time of the day. During this time, your classroom teacher is doing a culmination, with your student(s) and their class, of everything that has taken place for the day. It is very disruptive to pick-up during this time for your student(s) and the other students in the classroom. Students will not be called to the office between 3:15 pm and 3:30 pm to be picked up no matter the reason. If you have already signed in and are visiting another area of campus and would like to pick your child up from their classroom at the end of the day: please wait outside the classroom door for the bell to ring and your student(s) to be dismissed. Please do not ever enter your classroom unexpected AT ANY TIME between 8:30am and 3:30pm. Thank you!