Regular and punctual attendance is of utmost importance for scholastic achievement, social adjustment, and to maintain interest in school. Students with good attendance records generally achieve higher grades, enjoy school, and develop the necessary habits for overall success. Frequent absences can lead to poor academic work, lack of social development, and possibly academic failure. Excessive absences disrupt the learning process and social adaptation. 

Report an Absence

All absences and tardies need to be communicated to the front office. Although you are welcome to contact the teacher, this is not necessary, and does not ensure that the office has a record of your child's absence. Determination of whether an absence or tardy is excused or unexcused is based upon the reason for the absence or tardy, per TPCA policy. Please contact your child’s teacher for homework requests.

You may leave a message 24 hours a day.

Elementary Attendance Line          720.494.3606

M.S. and H.S. Attendance Line      720.494.3610

Pre-Arranged Absence Form

Students who plan to be absent from school for one or more days for reasons other than normal illness must submit this completed form to the school office one full week (7 days) in advance of the absence. This form is to be used for full day absences only.

Pre-Arranged Absence Form Pre-Arranged Absence Form (192 KB)

When Should my Child Stay Home?

Please keep your child at home to rest if he or she has:

  • A fever of 100.1 degrees Fahrenheit or greater

  • Vomiting or persistent diarrhea in the last 24 hours

  • Excessive tiredness or lack of appetite

  • An intense headache, sore throat, body aches, or chills

  • A persistent, productive cough that interferes with sleep

Colds and the flu can be contagious for at least 48 hours. If a child returns to school too soon, it may slow the recovery process and expose other children and staff to unnecessary illness. Please keep your child at home until the above symptom(s) are no longer present.

Fever, vomiting, and diarrhea must be gone for 24 hours before a child may return to school.

Please let us know if your child has a contagious disease, confirmed by your child's physician, such as pertussis, strep throat, chicken pox, or pink eye. We will watch for symptoms in other students, and notify parents as appropriate. For any other health issues, please contact the health clerk.

Parents will be notified and students will be sent home from school if they have any of the above conditions and/or a temperature of 100.1 degrees Fahrenheit or greater.

Questions Related to Attendance

How do I get homework for my absent student?

Homework will be collected at the parent's request on the third day a student is absent. We ask that it be brought to the office by 2:30 PM, but please call before you make a trip into the school.

How do I notify the school of a pre-arranged absence?

If you know your child will be absent for three or more full school days, please fill out a pre-arranged absence form and turn it in to the front office at least one week before the absence. After verification by the Dean of Students, approved forms will be routed through your child's teacher(s) and then sent home with your student. If your child will be absent for only one or two days, no forms are necessary.

Pre-arranged absence forms are available at the front office as well as through the link on our downloadable documents page.

Should I bring a note from the doctor or dentist when my child has an appointment and needs to miss school?

Yes, it is a good idea to bring in a note when your child is absent or tardy due to an appointment. This is not required, but helpful.

What is necessary when my child returns to school following surgery or an extended illness?

When your child is absent for surgery or from an extended illness, it is SVVSD protocol to request that you present a doctor's release when your child returns to school. This release should state that it is safe for the student to return to school. Any orders for follow-up care at school need to be received at that time.