Parents should contact the main office after 7:30 a.m. when a child will be absent from school. The school office checks for absences at 8:40 a.m. and calls the homes of those children who walk to school and have not yet arrived.


Sick children belong at home both for their own well-being and for the well-being of the school community. Children who are sick in the night should be home during the day even if they appear to be well first thing in the morning. Parents who bring a sick child to school will be asked to take the child home immediately.

Children who come to school are assumed to be well enough to participate in all school activities including physical education classes and recess. If there is a serious medical reason that a child’s activities should be limited, a doctor’s order will be required.

To help us control the spread of common cold and other viruses and bacteria, we ask parents to teach their children:

  • To cough into their arms or sleeves
  • To use tissues for sneezes and running noses.
  • To wash hands frequently, especially after sneezing or coughing.

Please refer to our Health Policies, pp. 52, for detailed information regarding infection control, illness, medications and AIDS/HIV.

Other Absences

We discourage non-illness absences from school. Parents should schedule non-emergency appointments so that they do not interrupt the school day.

Family Vacations

We encourage families to plan their vacations during school holidays and breaks. School holidays are set each March for the following year to aid with family vacation planning. Missing a week or more of school can significantly affect your child’s educational experience, particularly since our curriculum is based largely on in-class experiences and group discussions.

When your plans require that your child miss school, the teacher will offer some learning suggestions based upon your travel plans. The point of travel, however, is to have fun with one’s family. Please do not expect that the teacher will plan a complete curriculum for your child while s/he is gone.