Attendance Procedures

Late Arrival to School

A note is needed to verify/excuse a student’s late arrival.  If your child is late to school due to an appointment, a doctor’s or dentist’s note is required.

  • ·We do not accept phone messages for late arrivals.

  • In this case, a Parent/Guardian or Medical office note is accepted with a late-arriving student. Students are considered excused for reasons such as illness, court appointment, medical appointments, etc.
  • Students must check in at one of the two Tardy Tables (located at Entrances 1 and 9) to receive a pass to class before 9:00 am. After 9:00 am, students should report to the Attendance Office located inside the Main Office for tardy a pass. 
  • An unexcused tardy of 20 minutes or more is considered an unexcused absence.


  • Your student must go to the clinic, the clinic will contact you directly to pick up your child.
  • Should a student be ill at school, s/he may need medical attention and must report directly to the clinic. Your student should not directly contact you for dismissal.

Early Check-Out

  • Students who need to leave school early must bring a note with a valid parent signature.
  • Students must bring note to the Attendance Office before school starts to receive a pink dismissal pass.
  • Student must sign out from the Attendance Office at the appropriate time.
    • Failure to sign out will result in an unexcused absence.
  • Due to the heavy volume of phone calls that we receive, we are unable to accept phone messages for early check out. 


  • Parent/Guardian must call the attendance line at 703.810.2282 to report an ALL DAY excused absence (illness, death in family, college visit, religious holiday, etc.). 

·         If you know your student will be out you may call or send a note up to 2 weeks in advance.



  • Parents/guardians will be notified when students are tardy to class without a pass. 
  • Please speak to your student about the importance of punctuality.
  • If you have any questions about tardiness, please contact your student's teacher.


  • Truancy is a violation of state law.  Per FCPS Regulation 2234, the school is required to submit an attendance referral to the Fairfax County Truancy officer whenever a student accrues five unexcused absences.
  • Per FCPS Regulation 2234, excessive absences are defined as five (5) consecutive or twelve (12) cumulative absences (excused and/or unexcused).  Students with excessive absences will be required to submit medical documentation for absences if they are out.  Any future absences without proper documentation will become unexcused. 


Here are the procedures teachers use to take attendance for 4th period

  • Teachers take attendance for Teacher Advisory during 4th period. 
  • Teachers will have Learning Seminars (Stinger Time) during 4th period that are specific to their sections. 
    • 11th period  = Learning Seminar 1 = Stinger 1
      • The student returns to their 1st period class
    • 12th period = Learning Seminar 2 = Stinger 2
      • The student returns to their 2nd period class
    • 13th period = Learning Seminar 3 = Stinger 3
      • The student returns to their 3rd period class
  • 15th period = Learning Seminar 5 = Stinger 5
    • The student returns to their 5th period class
  • 16th period = Learning Seminar 6 = Stinger 6
    • The student returns to their 6th period class
  • 17th period = Learning Seminar 7 = Stinger 7
    • The student returns to their 7th period class
  • 18th period = Learning Seminar 8 =  Stinger 8
    • The student returns to their 8th period class