At Excell Academy the instructional day is from 9:05 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Students are considered tardy after 9:15 a.m. Six tardies are equivalent to 1 day absence. A daily tardy greater than 3 hours is considered a ½ day absence. Early dismissal before 12:30 p.m. will be considered ½ day absences. It is required that students attend school 100% of instructional days. Fifteen consecutive or twenty five cumulative days of unexcused absences can result in recommendation to School Board for termination from Excell Academy.
Students in Middle School can also receive tardies for being late to their classes as they transition from classroom to classroom. If students come to the classroom not prepared or unseated at the start of the bell, they will be marked tardy for that class period. In cases where students are being tardy to 1 or more classes in 1 day, they will be asked to spend their time in the Recommitment Room during their lunch hours to make up for their tardiness.
In cases where students are absent for more than 15 days due to severe illnesses or severe emergencies, the School Board will review each situation on a case by case basis.
We ask parents/guardian to provide a written excuse for tardiness (except for in cases of a delay in bus services). A record of this is kept in the student records. Habitually tardy students will be treated as truants. If a child arrives at school late, he/she should report to the school secretary to obtain a tardy slip. No student will be admitted to class without a tardy slip.
Students who come to school late, often miss the morning directions that organize their day and are disruptive to the teacher and other students who are already working. Parents instill positive work ethics when they teach their children that school attendance and punctuality are important.