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Handbook Essentials


Please remember to check in at the office when visiting our school. All parents are asked to make sure to pick children up on time.

APS Attendance Policy

  • Please notify the school each day your child is absent even if you know he or she will be absent for multiple days. Check with your child’s school to determine the best way to let them know about your child’s absence(s).
  • If your child needs to leave school early for any reason, please notify the school and follow the school’s rules for early dismissal.

Excused Absences

Absences may be excused for the following reasons with appropriate documentation:

  • Illness, which prevents a child from being at school (including chronic illness documented on a health plan, IEP or 504 plan).
  • Limited family emergencies; family deaths.
  • Medical, health or legal appointments.
  • Suspensions.
  • Religious commitment.
  • College visit for 12th grade students or other students with principal approval..
  • Deployment of a military parent as defined in the “Military Children” procedural directive.
  • Limited extenuating circumstances as approved in advance by the school principal.
  • At least ten (10) days for students who provide documentation of the birth of the student’s child and parentage. Additional excused absences to the student after the birth of the child if deemed medically necessary by the student’s physician.
  • An additional four (4) days for the students who provide appropriate documentation of pregnancy or that the student is the parent of a child under the age of thirteen needing care.

Unexcused Absences

Absences will be unexcused for the following reasons:

  • Illness of another sibling, parent or family member that is not an emergency.
  • Family activities or trips during the school day.

APS understands that life is sometimes complicated and seeks to support academic success for every student. Please reach out to staff at your child’s school if you are having problems getting your son or daughter to school on time.