Determination of when an absence is excused or unexcused is the responsibility of the principal or his/her designee. Parents/Guardians are required to provide written notes or other documentation to the attendance office within two (2) days of the student's return to school for the absence to be considered excused. Parent notes will be accepted for up to four (4) absences in a grading period. For all other absences, official third party documentation is required. A student with four (4) or more unexcused absences per nine (9) weeks grading period will have an automatic failing grade of 59, or lower if earned, for that class unless a successful appeal has been made. Students who miss more than 10 minutes of a class will be considered absent from that class. THE ATTENDANCE POLICY WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR.