Attendance Policies

There is a direct, positive relationship between school attendance and student achievement. Students are expected to attend every scheduled class on time each day, unless there is a legitimate and lawful reason for an absence. In the State of Maryland, a limited number of situations and circumstances are considered lawful reasons for a student to be absent from school. 

The reasons are death in immediate family, certified illness of child, court summons, violent storms, observance of religious holiday, work activity accepted by school authority, state emergency, other emergency, suspension, lack of transportation.

A doctor's note is required when a student is absent for a period of five days or longer. order to participate in a weekend event, a Friday absence must be excused.  

In order to participate in any athletic or extracurricular event the student must be in all scheduled classes on the day of the event, unless the absence has received prior written approval by a school administration.  

If there are any questions, about the "Attendance Policies", please contact, Department of Policy, Records, and Reporting at 301-279-3530.


If a student is late to school for any reason other than arriving on a late bus, the parent/guardian must complete the attendance note below. 

Early Dismissal

If a student needs to leave school early, parent/guardian should fill out the form below prior to dismissal time. If you complete the form by 8 am on the day of the early dismissal, the student will get a pass to leave class. Before leaving school, students must sign out in the Main Office. Students may not leave school grounds without permission. 

If you forget to give your child an Early Dismissal Note or if you have an unplanned dismissal, please make sure to come to the main office 10-15 minutes early.