Absence Notification Procedures
If your child is either going to be absent for the entire day or late for any reason, we ask that you call the school office attendance line which is an answering machine (703-239-4040). This line is available 24 hours a day. You may also send email to KGNotes@fcps.edu by 2 p.m. In the body of the email please include: the child's name, the teacher's name, your relationship to the child, and the reason for the student's absence. Parents will be contacted whenever a child is marked absent by his/her teacher and there has been no prior parent notification. This system is used as a safeguard to assure both parents and school that the child does, indeed, arrive at school after he/she leaves home. A written excuse should be given to your child's teacher by your child upon their return to school. FCPS regulation 2234 requires that any child who is absent from school for 15 consecutive days or more be withdrawn officially from our rolls. Upon the child's return, the parent must re-enroll him/her.
Release from School Before the End of the Instructional Day
To protect valuable instructional time, non-school activities should not be scheduled during school hours. If a child must leave early for a medical or dental appointment, a parent should send a note in advance and sign the child out in the office at the appropriate time. It is not necessary to call the school in this case. The child will be called to the office once the parent/guardian arrives in the main office. Children will not be released during the school day to anyone other than the parent/guardian or persons listed on the emergency care card.
Late Arrivals and Absences
A child arriving at school late (after the 8:40 a.m. bell) must first report to the office for correction of attendance records. Students who arrive after 8:40 a.m. will be marked tardy.
Receiving Schoolwork During Absences
If you desire schoolwork for your child, please contact the school office in the morning, giving the name of the student who can take the assignment home to your child. A note brought in the morning serves the same purpose and enables the teacher to use available time during the day to compile information. If you wish to come in and pick up your child's make-up work, please call by 10:00 a.m. and the schoolwork will be ready for you in the office by 3:00 p.m. It is expected that all work missed during an absence will be made up as soon as possible following the child's return to school.