The District of Columbia Compulsory School Attendance Law requires that children between the ages of five (5) and eighteen (18) attend school.


Students must attend school when it is in session and be on time every day.


The school day begins at 8:45am. Students arriving after 9:00am will be marked tardy and must receive a tardy pass from the main office.


Three (3) tardies equal one (1) absence.


Parents are required to a send a signed note when their student is tardy or absent. The note must also be dated and provide a reason for the tardiness or absence. In order for a tardy or absence to be considered “excused” an aforementioned note is required AND the tardy/absence must fall in the “Excused Absences” category below. Verbal excuses are unacceptable.


All tardy/absent notes must be submitted to Mrs. Sherry Dailey (Attendance Counselor).


Excused Absences

Unexcused Absences

Illness (doctor’s note required)

Family Vacation


Death in immediate family


Medical appointments (doctor’s note required)


DCPS approved school closings


Running Errands

Visiting a parent or guardian who serves in the armed forces



Early Dismissal Policy


Parents are discouraged from picking students up prior to dismissal unless the reason falls in the “Excused Absences” category above.


For non-emergency early dismissals, parents should make plans to pick up their student before 2:30pm and also notify the main office by--in advance--via phone or written note. Parents are required to sign-out students for early dismissal in the main office.


Unexcused Absence Policy

Day 1 & 2 - Attendance Counselor contacts parents

Day 3 - Attendance Counselor mails notification letter to parents

Day 5 - Attendance Counselor mails 2nd notification letter to parents. Parent must attend a Student Support Team (SST) meeting. A home visit will be conducted if parent misses SST meeting.

Day 7 -  Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) warning letter is mailed to parent

Day 10 -  Student is referred to Child & Family Services Agency (CFSA). Parent must also attend a follow-up Student Support Team (SST) meeting.

Day 15 - Student is referred to the DC Office of the Attorney General