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Every 5th unexcused tardy will be counted, for determination of school truancy, as an unexcused absence. Students who are late to school in the morning and/or who are picked up from school early will be tardy for the day and will be either excused or unexcused based on Board policy.

The parent must provide written documentation within 3-days detailing the specific reason that the student is late to school or is being taken out of school before dismissal. The failure to provide written documentation within 3-days will result in an unexcused tardy.

If the student is either late to school or being picked up early due to a medical appointment, it is recommended that the parent provide the school with evidence of the appointment. In such cases, the tardy will be excused.

School Board policies on attendance can be found in the Student Progression Plan on the district website at www.stlucieschools.org. Click on “Parents” and look for “Student Progression” on the left. Students with 5 unexcused absences in a 30-day period or 10 in a 90-day period will likely have a Truancy Petition filed in Circuit Court.

Students who are late to school and/or picked up early miss valuable instructional time. This also causes a disruption to the classroom and impacts the learning of all students in the class. It is recognized that there may be occasional times when being late or needing to leave early is unavoidable. If the reason for being late or leaving early is included as “excused” in the Student Progression Plan, the tardy will be excused.

Please contact the attendance office at the school if you have any questions.