Attendance Policy

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Alice Deal’s Attendance Procedures

Attendance Counselor Contact Information

Ms. Stephen's email: sylvia.stephens@dc.gov
Ms Wright's email: hah-nah.wright@dc.gov 
Phone: (202) 939-2010 (ask to speak to Ms. Stephens or Ms. Wright)
Office: C117

Important Changes Made to DCPS Attendance Policy:

1) The Office of Youth Engagement now identifies students that have accrued 10 unexcused absences as “chronically truant".

2) Students must be referred to court once they have reached 15 unexcused absences.

3) Students must be at school 80% (attend at least 5 class periods) of the entire school day in order to be considered “present".

For additional information, please visit: http://dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/Learn+About+Schools/Prepare+to+Enroll/Importance+of+Regular+Attendance

 

According DCPS Attendance Policy, excusable reasons for late arrivals and/or absences from school are as follows:

  • Student illness (a doctor’s note is required if a student is absent for more than five days);
  • Death in the student’s immediate family;
  • Necessity for a student to attend a judicial proceeding as a plaintiff, defendant, witness or juror;
  • Observance of a religious holiday;
  • Temporary school closings due to weather, unsafe conditions or other emergencies;
  • Medical reasons such as a doctor’s appointment (a doctor’s note is required);
  • Failure of DC to provide transportation where legally responsible; and
  • Emergency circumstances approved by the Chancellor’s Office.