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Regular, punctual school and class attendance is essential to a student’s educational success. Students are expected to attend school every day unless they have an excused absence. Excused absences are defined by Maine law and School Board policy as follows:

  • personal illness;
  • an appointment with a health professional that must be made during the school day;
  • observance of a religious holiday;
  • a family emergency;
  • or a planned absence for a personal or educational purpose which has been approved in advance by the school.



Planned Absence Form

The Request for Absence Form is used for students who know they will be out of school for a planned period of time. This form will allow the student to have the absence excused ahead of time and will also serve as notice to the teachers that the student will be out. The form can be obtained from the Main Office.


Students are expected to be in class at the designated time. Students arriving late miss learning and cause disruptions to the educational environment.

  • Students who arrive late for the first class of the day should report directly to their first class. For a tardy to be excused, a student must either present to the teacher a signed note by a parent/guardian with a legitimate reason, or the parent/guardian must call the main office. “Oversleeping” will result in an unexcused tardy.
  • A student who misses more than half of a class will be considered absent from that class.
  • If you are unexcused absent or tardy, any classwork, homework, or formative assessment work missed as a result of this absence or tardy will not be accepted and graded. Feedback and support around that work will only be available during Block 7, and the unexcused class time will be reflected in HOWL grades.
  • If a student is unexcused (tardy or absent) for a summative assessment, then that work will not be accepted. See the late work policy above for more details.
  • When there is a pattern of a student being tardy (3 or more) or one unexcused absent (e.g.: cut) of a class (including crew and academic support), there will be tiered interventions that will begin with phone calls home and escalate with continued recurrence to consequences that could include attendance contracts, parental meetings. required Block 7’s, community service, suspensions and/or loss of opportunity for academic credit.


For more information, please refer to the following board policies: