All children who will have arrived at the age of at least five years on or before July 31 of the school year, shall attend either a public or private school for, and during, the school year; unless exempted under specified conditions pursuant to Hawaii Administrative Rules relating to compulsory attendance exceptions (§302A-1132).
ATTENDANCE & TARDY POLICY
Student participation throughout the entire school day is a critical component to ensuring student growth and achievement. Absences and tardies prevent maximum learning from occurring and excessive absences and tardies negatively impacts a student’s ability to learn and may affect their grading marks on their report card and/or their promotion to the next grade level. If a student does not attend school for at least 20 days in the quarter, he/she may not receive grading marks for the quarter on their report card.
Kamiloʻiki Elementary is committed to make every effort to work with the student and their family to resolve any attendance issues. Your support and partnership is greatly appreciated as we strive to support your child in their learning. The school kindly request that families use the scheduled holidays and breaks for your vacations, trips and/or family business. A student’s attendance log is a part of their official educational record and the school has the responsibility to investigate and take appropriate action to address any attendance concerns.
The following are examples of actions that may be taken by the school, but are not limited to:
ABSENT - A student is considered “absent” if he/she is not physically present in school for more than half of the school day, unless he/she is on an authorized school activity. Per DOE guidelines, all absences are considered unexcused.
TARDY - A student is considered “tardy” if he/she arrives at school after the school day has started (8:05am bell).
If your child will be unexpectedly absent from school, a parent/guardian should call the school’s attendance line (#397-5800), by 8:30am, to report the absence along with the reason. Should you wish to call the attendance line, outside of the school’s office hours (7:30am-4:00pm), please leave a message containing the following information:
For any planned absence(s), the parent/guardian should provide, in advance, a written note to the office that contains the date(s) and reason for the absence(s). The parent/guardian may also choose to directly inform the student’s teacher, in addition to informing the office.
For safety reasons, if a parent/guardian fails to notify the office by 8:30am regarding their child’s absence from school, he/she may receive a phone call from the school to verify the student’s attendance status.
As we strive to develop self-directed and responsible learners, the school appreciates your support in ensuring that your child arrives at school on-time. Students arriving on campus after the tardy bell (8:05am) are tardy and must report directly to the office to receive a tardy slip before going to class.
A parent/guardian may call the school office (#397-5800) to request for their child’s homework only after the second day of absence. Homework requests should be made by 9:00am in order to provide the classroom teachers with an adequate amount of time to meet each request. Homework requests that are submitted by the specified time will be available for pick-up in the office after 2:30pm. For homework requests that are submitted after 9:00am, the parent/guardian should call the office after 2:30pm to check on the status of the request. Please note that teachers are not required to provide any assignments/homework in advance of a student’s absence.
EARLY DISMISSAL PROCEDURES
In order to maximize student participation in various learning experiences, parents are encouraged to schedule medical and dental appointments outside of the school day. Should a student need to be released from school during the school day, the parent/guardian should inform the school (at least one hour in advance) via phone call or written note to the office, of the date, time and reason for the early release. The student will report to the office and may leave campus after the parent/guardian signs the student release log and the student is issued a student pass.