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Absences/Safe Call Program

Daves has established the SAFE CALL program. It is important parents call the office attendance line (335-2245) on any day a child will not be at school. Leave a message on the answering machine by stating the child's name, grade, teacher and reason for absence. Include your name and relationship in the message. If a child is absent and the school has not received a call stating a reason for absence, a member of the Daves Ave staff will place a call to your home/place of business to determine whether or not your child left for school.
Parents of children who are habitually tardy will be contacted by the principal to see if the parents are aware of the problem. If your child has a fever, cough, or is not feeling well, please keep him/her home and call the attendance line.
Unexcused Absences/Tardiness
Children should be in their classrooms before the 8:10 a.m. bell. Late arrival requires obtaining a tardy slip from the office and results in loss of valuable class time. Promptness is a necessary courtesy to the teacher and other students. Having students realize the importance of arriving on time helps them build good habits for life. Three or more tardies and/or unexcused absences constitute truancy. Vacations (even when the school is notified) are considered unexcused absences. The school is required by the state to send out truancy letters after each report period when five or more unexcused absences or tardies have occurred. 
Parents should plan vacations and time away from school for other purposes very carefully, taking advantage of the planned holidays and vacation days scheduled on the school calendar. It is important for parents to know that due to Compulsory School Attendance laws, the District is obligated to monitor student absences, both excused and unexcused, and to track all unexcused absences to check for possible student truancy. Student success depends greatly upon students being in school, on time, each day.