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Attendance Policy

Regular and on-time attendance at school are important factors for educational success. When students are absent or late, they miss important learning opportunities. Excessive tardies are just as detrimental as excessive absences. Student success can best be achieved when students, parents, teachers and school administration work together. If your child is checking in after 8:50 AM please accompany them to the office and sign them in. If your child is absent, please call the office before 9:15 am, at 9:30 am the Skylert automated system begins calling about absent/late children.

Southland  Behavior and Attendance Expectations



A Absence The student was absent and the school received no call or note from the parent or guardian.
E Verified excused absence The student was absent and is considered excused because of illness, medical or dental appointment confirmed with a timely note from doctor, or verified documentation indicating death/funeral of family member, wedding, court appearance, etc.
G Guardian Knowledge The student was absent, parent or guardian called school with an excuse not considered excused by the Truancy Court or Jordan School District. (Going out to lunch, sleeping in, snowboarding, etc.)
Q Parent Written Note Parent provided a written excused note or email in a timely manner, indicating the name of the student, date of the absence, and reason for absence.)
T Tardy The student arrived at school after tardy bell 8:45

Vacation/Educational Leave

The student is absent due to a prearranged absence or educational leave and paperwork has been completed for Education Leave.


We will work closely with parents and guardians to encourage and support punctuality and attendance at school. If excessive unexcused absences occur, we will:

  • Notify parents and guardians about the State Law and the Southland Policy (letter #1 found in the registration materials; Cumpulsory Education Form)
  • Send letter #2 after 10 unexcused absences asking the parent to contact the school and establish communication.
  • Send a letter #3 via Certified Mail after 15 unexcused absences, which will require the parent to contact the school and participate in creating a plan for improved attendance.
  • Require an in-person meeting with school administration (as per the law) after 20 unexcused absences. A Truancy Referral will be made to Juvenile Court if attendance does not improve.

We are hopeful that this information will help to keep us focused on our common goal--to give children the best possible educational experience.