School Policies

Arizona has mandatory school attendance laws. Students are expected to be in school between the hours of 8:15am to 3:05pm except for absolutely necessary and important reasons. Such reasons include, but are not limited to, illness, bereavement, other family emergencies, and observance of major religious holidays of the family’s faith.

Since a student’s academic success is directly related to their consistent attendance, we encourage doctor and dentist appointments to be made after 3:00pm Monday through Friday and Teacher’s In-Service Day’s (see school calendar).

To encourage optimum attendance, the school regularly conducts attendance contests and recognition.


It is parents’ responsibility to inform the school prior to absences, or as soon as possible. Students who have excessive or unexcused absences jeopardize their enrollment in the school and ability to pass to the next grade level. Students who accumulate a total of 10 consecutive absences during the course of the school year will be withdrawn from AOE. In addition, excessive, unexcused absences and tardies can result in after-school and/or Saturday detention. When students arrive late to school or need to leave before 3:00pm, they must be signed in or out at the front desk.

Students may not have more than 20 total absences per school year. A student who is absent more than 20 times per school year may not be eligible to pass that grade level, unless prior arrangements have been made and cleared by the Principal’s office for chronic or other medical reasons. Medical documentation should be forwarded to the administrative office. Students with excessive non-medical absences must be on grade level as evidenced by standardized test results and teacher observations in order to progress to the next grade. The following procedures will be put in place for chronic absences:
  • When a student reaches five (5) total absences, parents will be called, and a letter sent home indicating that continued absences may affect the student’s progress.
  • When a student reaches ten (10) total absences, the principal will call the parents and warn them that the student is in jeopardy of losing eligibility to pass their current grade level.
  • When a student reaches fifteen (15) total absences, the teacher will notify the parents in writing of the student’s possible retention.
  • When a student reaches twenty (20) total absences, he/she may not be eligible for promotion to the next grade unless reading and mathematics test scores are on grade level, or absences have been excused by the principal.
  • Students should ask all their teachers for make-up assignments. Assignments that are not made up will be reflected in grades.