Regular attendance and punctuality to all classes is a critical factor in achieving educational success at Escondido Adventist Academy. Our society is highly time-dependent and students must be trained to function in it. Students who are absent from classes miss a variety of significant learning experiences and may suffer a proportionate decline in academic achievement.
Pre-Arranged Absence Forms are used to let EAA know when there is a planned absence. There are four reasons listed on the form that are automatically considered Excused Absences (AE):
Illness of the student
Death in the immediate family
Unavoidable medical or dental appointment
Mandatory court appearance
Attendance for the reasons listed above will show up as AE in RenWeb and the teachers recognize this as an excused absence. Students will be able to make arrangements with their teachers to make up homework and tests. For example: A student misses three days due to illness they would be given three days to make up those assignments.
Excused absences will no longer be assigned for other than the four reasons listed above. Instead, a code of AR (Absence Recorded) will be assigned to all other absences. This lets the teachers know that EAA has been notified that a student will be absent. The teacher then has the necessary information and the prerogative to work with the student by providing time to complete the work missed as deemed appropriate.
AR will be factored into the attendance grades just like AU (Absence Unexcused) and TU (Tardy Unexcused).
EAA feels that regular attendance is an important part of education and training for life.