RHS Attendance Policies & Procedures


Attendance will be taken daily in class. Teachers are responsible for taking accurate attendance. An absence is missing a class altogether or arriving more than ten minutes late. Students arriving late or leaving early should check in at the Attendance Office. All students MUST sign in and sign out in the Attendance Office. Parent communication is required for early dismissal prior to the time of dismiss

Excusing an Absence, Late Arrival or Early Dismissal

Guardians must e-mail or call the Attendance Office with the student’s name, grade, and reason for absence. To arrange for late arrival or early dismissal e-mail or call Attendance Office with student’s name, grade, planned arrival/dismissal time, and reason for late arrival/early dismissal. No notes will be accepted. Students will receive a pass for early dismissals once guardians have communicated with the Attendance Office. Students can get their pass before school, during passing period, or at lunch. Students will not be excused to leave campus unless they have a pass.

Responsibility to Report

Students and their families are responsible for school attendance. The parent or guardian of any student who is absent from class should leave an e-mail or phone message with the Attendance Office within 48 hours of the absence to explain the circumstance around the absence. After 48 hours, the absence will be considered unexcused.

Pre-Arranged Absences

Students planning on missing school for 2 or more days should complete a Pre-Arranged Absence Form 5 days prior to the absence. This allows the teachers an opportunity to give feedback on the effect the absence will have on the student. Teachers may use this as an opportunity to arrange make-up work times and locations.

School Related Absence

Our students are encouraged to participate in a variety of school activities and must deal with important school business on occasion. These absences are excused and are not considered in the student’s total absences. The advisor or administrator is responsible for excusing the student.

Excused/Unexcused Absences

Students miss school for a variety of reasons. It is important that students are at school in order to receive valuable instruction from teachers, collaboration with their peers, and understand important due dates. Please see some examples below of excused absences and unexcused absences.

Examples of Excused Absences

  • Illness,
  • Medical emergency
  • Medical/dental appointment
  • Religious observance
  • Family emergency
  • College visit
  • Court proceedings
  • Prearranged vacation

Examples of Unexcused Absences

  • Oversleeping
  • Traffic
  • Missing the bus
  • Drivers test
  • Job or job training
  • Providing childcare for siblings

How Do I Excuse My Student?

Simply email and provide the following:

  • Your student’s first and last name
  • Your student’s grade
  • The reason for the absence
  • Time of Late Arrival/Time of Early Dismissal

Or call: 425.936.1810