Attendances, Absences, & Tardies

Please refer to the Dothan City Schools Code of Conduct in regard to attendance, absences, and tardies. It is not necessary to call the school the day your child is sick. You are asked to provide written documentation to the teacher explaining each absence and send it with your child upon returning to school. All documentation for absences must be received within two days or the absence will be unexcused. Undocumented absences are coded as unexcused.

Medical/Dental Appointments during School Hours

Parents are encouraged to make medical and dental appointments outside of school hours. Late check-ins and check-outs are discouraged because of the instructional time that the student will miss. Students leaving school during the school day must check-out in the office. A written excuse from the doctor or dentist must be brought to the office when the student checks in during the school day, or the first day the student returns to school.

Students arriving late or picked up early will be considered unexcused if a doctor's excuse is not submitted. A student must be in attendance at least 3 ½ hours to be counted in attendance for the day. Students are considered absent if they check in after 11:00 or check out before 12:00.

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