Attendance FAQ/Questions

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Brighton High School Attendance Policy FAQ

How do I avoid loss of credit due to attendance?

Loss of credit in a class is avoided by keeping your attendance score below 7 points. This is accomplished by avoiding absences and tardies in each class. If your score is 7 or higher, you must attend ARC in order to lower your attendance score and regain your grade/credit. (See how do I calculate my attendance score).

How do I calculate my attendance score?

To calculate your attendance score, you must look up your attendance record on Skyward and add the attendance codes in a specific class. Skyward’s attendance record does not distinguish between grading periods, so it is important to only add the attendance codes between the beginning and end of the grading period/trimester in question. Attendance codes vary in value. Click here to see a complete list of attendance codes and their values. The attendance codes which most often affect a student are A=7 points, G= 1 point, E= 1 point, T= 1 point.

How do I check my attendance record?

You can look up your attendance record on Skyward. To log on to Skyward you will need your Skyward Login and password. Once you log in to Skyward, click “attendance” on the left hand side, and then the “by day” tab towards the top of the page. A list of dates that have an attendance code will be displayed. Dates for which you have no attendance code (perfect attendance, punctuality, and therefore no score) will not be listed. Use this list to calculate your attendance score.

How do I get my Skyward Login and Password?

The Skyward login and passwords are provided in your registration packet. If a student has lost his/her Login or password, you can ask a teacher for a progress report letter that will include this information. Parents, if you need a copy of your Login or password, visit the main office.

What does “NG” mean?

An NG stands for no grade. This means that unless rectified you will not receive credit for the class. An NG is triggered when your tardies and absences have raised your attendance score above the NG threshold (7 points or higher). If you have an NG, you must attended ARC in order to lower your score below the threshold and regain credit for the class.

What triggers a “No Grade” (NG) for a class?

When your attendance score, in a particular class, is seven or higher, an NG is triggered. Scores are calculated by class. Even though you may have 7 G’s (each with a value of 1) on your attendance record, it will only trigger an NG if all of those G’s are for one specific class.

How do I attend ARC?

To attend ARC:

1. Go to the main office, tell the secretary that you need to attend ARC. Pay $3.00 and get a receipt.

2. Go to the Attendance office and look on the white board for the next available ARC session.  ARC is held before and after school (6 am and 3 pm) on most days. ARC sessions are also usually posted on the cafeteria door at 6:00 am and 3:00 pm. ARC lasts one hour. 

3. Attend the morning or afternoon ARC session of your choice.

     a. Be on time
     b. Bring your receipt (it is your ticket to get in)
     c. Bring academic work (homework, reading)
     d. Do not bring electronic devices

4. Fill out the form given to you by the ARC instructor a. Make sure to fill it out completely and accurately so the ARC

reduces the attendance score for the class of your choice. b. Get a copy of the form as proof you attended ARC. Keep it in case

there is a recording error.

Why do I need to check-in and check-out?

Following proper check-in/out procedures helps the school know you are safe and results in no attendance points recorded in the class in which you are checking in or out. Remember to bring proper documentation for any classes you might miss in between check-out and checking-in.

How do I avoid attendance issues?

1. Avoid unexcused absences. All truancies will trigger an ARC. All absences are recorded as an unexcused absence until a parent calls in to verify their knowledge of the absence. Parents must call within 5 days of the absence. After five days the unexcused absence must be appealed to be changed, and will likely cost $5 dollars to do so.

2. Be on time. Tardies add up fast. Though attending a single ARC will neutralize the score of 3 tardies, being on time is much better than ARC an hour before or after school.

3. Be thrifty. You have 6 excused absences per class per trimester. You also have 10 vacation release days a year. This adds up to 28 absences you could have in a class in a school year without having to attend a single ARC. This totals almost 6 weeks of school. There is rarely any reason why a student should have to go to a single ARC.

4. Leave a buffer. We rarely know when we will become sick or some unexpected event will disrupt our routine, so use your absences wisely. If you use up your 6 excused absences on days you could have attended class, and then you unexpectedly get a cold, you will probably be going to ARC.

5. Get documentation- If you miss school for a funeral, a doctor verified illness, or a court appearance, get documentation of the event and turn it into the attendance office. Doing so will change the absence to an “E”. If your attendance score for a class goes over 6 and you have an E on your attendance record, you can submit an appeal to the attendance committee. Properly documented absences will most likely be waived at no cost to you.

6. Plan ahead- If you know you will be missing school, consider using your vacation release. If you apply for vacation release in the attendance office 48 hours in advance, your absences will not count against your attendance score. In addition, you can apply for a pre-excused absence. Pre-excusal is limited to special circumstances such as religious observances or surgery. If you apply for pre-excused release in the attendance office 7 days in advance, the absences will not count against your attendance score.

What is documentation?

Documentation is a legitimate document for medical reasons (doctor, dentist, orthodontist), bereavement (funeral program, obituary), or legal obligations (court appearance, summons). Proper documentation, provided within 5 days of the absence, will change an A or G to an E. An E can be appealed to the attendance committee and will usually result in a waiver of the absence at no cost to the student.

How do I check-in and check-out?

Check-out- Parents request a student to be checked out by calling the attendance office and telling the secretaries what time the student needs to be checked out (preferably with enough time so the check-out slip can be delivered to the student in a timely manner). The student shows the check out slip to the teacher when it is time to leave. Keep the slip with you when traveling to or from school.

Check-In- During first period, students need to go straight to first period and then have the parent call later acknowledging the absence or have the student bring the documentation to the attendance office later. (See what is documentation). If a student arrives during the passing period they may go right to class, and have a parent call acknowledging the absence later. During class periods other than first, parents may call to inform the attendance office that the student will be arriving at school at a particular time. The student will need to check in at the attendance office when arriving to school.

Remember, proper check-in and check-out procedures result in no attendance points recorded for the class in which you are checking in or out.