Please help to convey the importance of school to your student by making every effort to have your child to school every day and on time. If your child is going to be absent, please fill out the form below and submit it before 9:00am. If you would rather, you can always call our Attendance Line (720-561-5408) and leave a message (please do not use our regular phone line for attendance issues).
If you know ahead of time that your child is going to be absent for more than one day, please indicate this when filling out the form below. If you would rather, you can fill out a Pre-Arranged Absence form instead (See the School Forms page). If your child is not in school and we have not heard from you, we will make every effort to contact you so that all students are accounted for each day.
There are compulsory attendance laws for children 6 years old-17 year old. Poor attendance in elementary school can begin a habit that impacts students in middle and high school. It is important for children to be in school every day they are healthy and to be on time. While of course illnesses and family opportunities arise during the school year, please know that we truly expect to have your child in class, on time, every day.
The typical amount of absences for a
student in school year at our school is around 1-3 days in an entire year. A large percentage of our students miss zero days of school! If your child has missed five or more days of school this year, we ask that you simply consider this information and the 6 hours of instruction/activity that is missed when your child isn’t in school each of those days. The classroom is such a rich environment and we cannot recreate what happens on a daily basis. Most of the missed work isn’t able to be reproduced or made up outside of class time and can ultimately result in gaps in learning. Also, after an extended absence the "re-entry" phase can be difficult - we see children come back feeling a bit "lost" and can take an extra day or two to feel re-engaged in the classroom routines. We encourage you to take vacations over the summer, Thanksgiving, winter, spring breaks, and the long weekends available during the school year. Our goal is to provide a quality public Montessori education to our children and consistency and order are essential. Thank you for your consideration regarding attendance.
Once your child misses 5
days, you will receive a letter regarding attendance. At 10 missed
days, you will receive a letter requesting a meeting to come up with a
plan to improve attendance. This is in accordance with district policy
and Colorado State Compulsory Attendance laws. It is so important for
your child to be at school every day on time. Many children have a very hard time catching up when they have missed a
great deal of class. We are in class 172 of the school year. Our focus
is the success of your child.
We would like to ask that special efforts are made to make sure every child is in school September 24th – October8th. These are the Official Pupil Count dates for Boulder Valley School District. Our school is funded according to thiscount. The attendance of every student represents dollars during this count period.