Attendance & Absences


ASD's Destination 2020 Goal

Every student will attend school at least 90 percent of the time. The school board defines what constitutes an excused absence from school as:

  • Illness
  • Death or serious illness in immediate family
  • Participating in a school function
  • Attendance at a religious service, or
  • Extenuating circumstances approved by the principal

An absence may be coded unexcused if the student demonstrates or is at risk of chronic absenteeism or is below acaemic proficiency.  Chronic absence is missing 10 percent or more of school for any reason.

Pre-Planned Absences and Homework Request Forms

Parents are asked to fill out a Pre-Arranged Absence Form form at least one week in advance of taking your child out of school for a pre-planned absence.  Please turn this into the office and the Principal will review each request and a copy will be returned to you.


For additional information about ASD’s attendance policy please visit ASD’s website.


If your student(s) will miss multiple days for a pre-planned absence, please fill out a Make-Up Work Form at least three days to one week before the absence.  Please turn this into the front office.


Parents should call our front office at 742-5900 or email when their child will not be attending school or will be arriving late.   If your call/email is not received by 10 a.m. of the absence/tardy, you may receive a call and/or email by A.S.D.’s automated absence system.  Please know that we do the best we can to input all notices in a timely manner, but sometimes due to unforeseen circumstances this may not be the case.


Early Pick-Up

If you need to pick your child up before 3:30 p.m., please send a note with the approximate time your child will be leaving. This gives teachers time to prepare for your child’s early departure. Parents must come to the office to sign their child out of school. The office staff will locate your child and call them to the office to go home.