GMS Attendance Secretary- Ms. Kim Wright (330) 896-7583 Student Attendance and Absence Call-Off Procedures (Policy 5200) (Compulsory School Attendance – Ohio Revised Code 3321.04) The Board of Education reserves the right to verify such statements and to investigate the cause of each single absence or prolonged absence.Attendance is clearly the responsibility of the parents, and is probably the most critical factor which determines educational success. The Compulsory School Attendance Law (ORC 3321) requires students to be in school, and in all classes assigned to them, each day school is in session.If a student is absent from school, parents must call the school office at 330-896-7583 before 8:30 am each day the child will not be in attendance.If no call is received, the school is obligated to phone the student’s home or parent’s work to confirm the absence.It is also required that a note of excuse/explanation be sent upon return to school. State law accepts the following reasons for absences and the Board of Education reserves the right to verify such statements and to investigate the cause of each single absence.
- = Personal illness
- = Death of a relative
- = Observation of a religious holiday
- = Critical illness in the family
- = Quarantine in the home
- = Any other reason which the principal may deem justifiable
Students with a health condition that causes repeated absences are to provide the school office with an explanation of the condition from a registered physician. If there is a pattern of frequent absences for “illness,” the parents will be required to provide a statement from a physician describing the health condition that is causing the frequent absences and the treatment that is being provided to rectify the condition.
Student Absence Call Off Procedures (Ohio Revised Code 3321.04)
Parent Responsibility: Students who will be absent from school for any reason must be “called-off” by a parent/guardian. The school voice mail is available 24 hours a day. It is important that you phone the school office before 8:30 a.m. on the day of the absence and report the following information:
Student’s Full Name
Your Name and Relationship to the Student
Homeroom Number or Teacher Name
Reason for the Absence
The following day a written excuse should also be presented by the student
Students may be dropped off at GMS beginning at 7:00 a.m.
Students arriving to school after 7:28 am are considered tardy and must sign-in with Ms.Wright at the security door to receive an “admittance slip” to class.
Parent/Guardian Out of Town
If the parent/guardian anticipates being out of town, the school office should be notified. A name and telephone number of an emergency contact person should be given.
The school district feels strongly that family vacations should be arranged (if at all possible) around the school calendar. If you find it necessary to take your family on vacation during the school year, please request and complete a school vacation form at least one week prior to leaving. Forms must be on file since vacations are not acceptable reasons for absences according to the law. This also informs the teacher and principal of your plans and permits teachers to arrange work as necessary.
“Take Your Child to Work”
Green Middle School DOES NOT participate in taking children to work day. If you feel that this is a vital part of your child’s educational experience, please make these arrangements during the summer months.